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Objectives: • To Review the small ruminant value chain rapid assessment results from gender perspective and document women’s participation along the value chain. • To identify already existing opportunities that have the potential to change gender norms that inhibits the range and quality of women’s engagement in target value chains. • To document the distribution and consumption pattern of meat and milk in poor households and the factors which hinder women’s consumption of meat and milk.
Methodology: Desk reviews and the SRVC rapid assessment reports and empirical evidence Interviewed researchers from Abergelle Amhara and Tigray, Menz, Horro, Doyogena, Yabello The paper presents: gender roles along the value chain, access to and control of resources, decision making, and enabling and constraining factors
Results: women mostly engaged in production roles and less in the supply and marketing nodes Gendered constraints – use the community capitals framework to analyze data Limited access to labour saving tool due to limited human capital and built capital Limited access to production resources due to cultural capital (an opportunity), low social capital (bridging and linking social capital Limited access to markets and market information (low social capital- bridging, and constraining norms) Limited access to credit (low social capital) Limited access to extension and veterinary services (due to local bridging of social capita)
Aim of study: To identify the gender information gaps in reference to intra-household consumptions of ASFs, food safety and animal health from gender perspectives Results men have other alternative modes of access to and consumption of small ruminant meat products e.g. in hotels and restaurants in nearby towns. According to the information from the interview, an exception exists in Yabello where women, like men, consume meat products in restaurants or hotels of nearby towns. This was attributed to the fact that there are no perceptions or gender norms that restrict women from consuming meat products in restaurants or hotels.
wealth level plays a vital role for the availability and accessibility of ASFs for household consumption. Women and girls in Abergelle not allowed to consume whole milk Respondents replied that both men and women understand some basic issues associated with food safety and nutritional aspects of ASFs where both smallholder farmers and pastoralists mostly consume ASFs after cooking. women are mostly responsible for washing the meat, chopping, smoking and storing ASFs after slaughtering. Here, the extent to which women are likely to be exposed to health risks, in reference to these gender roles, would be an ideal area of investigation. Future research health risks associated with gender roles and consumption of ASFs. How household size and sex of children influences consumption of ASF There is a vulnerability exposure to animal-borne diseases as their perceptions and decisions on consuming safe meat and milk products is subjected to their perceptions of animal health based on external signs of sickness. In other words, it implies that they might slaughter sick animals for consumption in situations where there are animal diseases beyond their levels of understanding. Policy implications
How do women negotiate gender constraining norms?
Gender in the Ethiopia small ruminant value chain
Gender in the Ethiopia small ruminant value chain
Annet A. Mulema
Ethiopia Small Ruminants Value Chain
Strategy and Implementation Planning Workshop
Addis Ababa, 13-14 June 2014
• Livestock and Fish Gender Strategy
• Achievements and what we’ve learned
• Planned activities 2014-2016
Gender Strategy - outputs
• Increased gender capacity within CG’s, partner
organizations, and value chain actors to diagnose and
overcome gender based constraints within value chains
• Strategies and approaches through which women and
marginalized groups improve the nature and level of
participation in livestock and fish value chains
• Strategies and approaches that increase women and
marginalized groups entitlement to access markets and
control resources, technologies, labor, power and the
benefits of their work
• Strategies and approaches to promote increased level
and equity in animal source food consumption within
Where are we and what have we learned?
• Conducted three gender strategic studies
1. Cross country study on resource ownership (Ethiopia,
Tanzania and Nicaragua
• To generate an understanding of how women and men in
different contexts understand, perceive or define the term
‘resource ownership’ with a focus on livestock.
• To establish the relationship between the meanings attached
to resource ownership and food security.
• Ownership is associated with resource acquisition,
decision-making, benefiting from resource, responsibility
• Norms influencing resource ownership
• Journal article: “Exploring gender perceptions of resource
ownership and their implications on food security”
Where are we?
2. Gender analysis of the SRVC
– Document women’ and men’s participation along the value chain.
– Identify already existing opportunities that have the potential to
change gender norms that inhibit the range and quality of women’s
engagement in target value chains.
– Document the distribution and consumption of meat and milk in
Gender analysis of the SRV…
• Low participation of women in supply and marketing nodes
• There are some opportunities to exploit e.g. the CBBP,
government and NGO support, demand of products
• Consumption of ASF influenced by socio-economic
• Working document: “A review of Ethiopia small ruminant
value from a gender perspective”
• Journal article: “Constraints and opportunities to women’s
access and control of resources in the Ethiopia SRVC”
Where are we…
3. Assessment of Safe Food Fair Food in Ethiopia small
ruminant value chains from a gender perspective
– Determine the extent to which gender affects intra-household
access to and consumption of milk and meat products.
– Determine how gender roles, food safety and animal health
affect exposures to health risks.
– Determine the extent to which gender norms and cultural factors
affect women’s consumption of milk and meat.
– Identify existing opportunities that have the potential to change
gender norms and culture that inhibit women’s consumption of
meat and milk.
• Men and women understand some basic issues
associated with food safety and nutritional aspects of
• Further investigation of the health risks associated with
gender roles and consumption of ASFs
• Working document: “A review of Safe Food Fair Food in
Ethiopia small ruminant value chains from a gender
Where are we…
• Community profiles
– Generated profiles of communities in Atsbi and Borana:
• Daily activity clocks
• seasonal calendars
• access to and control resources
Planned activities 2014-2016
• Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the community-
based sheep breeding program from a gender perspective
(drafted a proposal)
• Generate community profiles for the remaining sites
– Activity clocks, seasonal calendars, access to and control of
resources, mobility assessment
• Gender capacity building of field staff (Aug 18-20, 2014)
• Conduct a more in-depth study on perceptions of resource
• Gender analysis of the benchmarking data
• Organize women and men into groups
• Strengthen enterprises were women dominant
– Processing of milk through introduction of labour saving milk
– Promote collective activities such as marketing of live animals
– Enhancement of knowledge on production, processing and
• Do more of the integrated gender research in the already
existing interventions e.g. fodder
• Explore implications of the land reform policy on women’s
access to and control of resources
• Identify potential partners and strengthen existing
• Contribute to the global cross CRP gender study on
“Gender, Norms and Agency”
• Identify gaps in existing knowledge and practices of
• Explore perceptions of food safety and nutrition amongst men
and women farmers and pastoralists and health risks
associated with their gender roles
• Greater access to and control over new technologies, resources,
leadership and market opportunities among poor women and
• Improved household food and nutrition security outcomes and
equality in their distribution.
• Enhanced range and quality of choices for poor women and
men in where and how to participate in the SRV.
• Expanded capacity of value chain stakeholders to understand
and integrate gender balanced approaches in their work.
CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. The CGIAR
Research Program on Livestock and Fish aims to increase the productivity of small-scale livestock and fish systems
in sustainable ways, making meat, milk and fish more available and affordable across the developing world.
CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish