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Observations and reflections on the AgriGender 2011 Workshop


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Presented by Dirk Hoekstra at Gender and Market Oriented Agriculture (AgriGender 2011) Workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31st January–2nd February 2011

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Observations and reflections on the AgriGender 2011 Workshop

  1. 1. Observations and Reflections on the AgriGender 2011 WorkshopBy Dirk Hoekstra<br />Gender and Market Oriented Agriculture (AgriGender 2011) Workshop Addis Ababa, Ethiopia<br />31st January–2nd February 2011<br />
  2. 2. Why this workshop<br />Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), Ethiopia’s Growth Transformation Plan (GTP) and Agricultural Growth Program have intergrated the scaling out of best practices to support agricultural development<br />The role of women is highligthed<br />So what practices and appraoches can we offer<br />
  3. 3. Contributions from research and development partners<br />As we move up the development ladder, the need for knowledge and skills becomes more evident<br />Knowledge and skills can come from different sources in and outside the country<br />The workshop brings together practitioners from different to share knowledge/skills on gender<br />Through internet, knowledge will also be shared with the outside world<br />
  4. 4. Contributions form IPMS<br />IPMS is a project funded by CIDA and implemented by ILRI and aprtners on behalf of the MoA<br />Amongst others IPMS worked on gender sensitive strategies and interventions within the context of commodity value chains<br />The proejct would also like to share its experiences <br />
  5. 5. Workshop Objectives<br /><ul><li>To bring together researchers, practitioners, private sector and donors that have been working on efforts to promote market oriented agriculture in which gender is an integral component, to share lessons
  6. 6. To synthesize lessons on what works in integrating gender and promoting women to participate in and benefit from agricultural markets
  7. 7. To collate empirical evidence of the poverty, equity, food security and nutritional impacts of market-oriented agriculture
  8. 8. To begin to build a new paradigm for market-oriented research and funding that serves the interests of women</li></li></ul><li>Key Thematic Areas<br />The role and situation of women in market oriented<br />agriculture and value chains<br />Tested strategies and practices to increase women’s access to services that enable them to engage in market oriented agriculture<br />Tested strategies and good practices for integrating gender and women in market oriented agriculture<br />Gendered impacts of market linkages and market integration.<br />
  9. 9. Workshop Outcomes<br /><ul><li>Increased awareness and knowledge of methods and approaches for integrating and evaluating gender in market oriented and value chain projects
  10. 10. A donor and policy commitment to funding for gender integrative markets and value chain projects
  11. 11. Formation of a network of researchers, practitioners and policy makers working on gender and market oriented agriculture</li></li></ul><li>Observations<br />Variations in the roles, shares of women between countries<br />Female paravets in Bangla Desh<br />Women dealing with spraying in Metema<br />Gender disaggregated data<br />Female headed HH and females in male headed HH<br />Type of data to be collected<br />Ownership and share of income<br />Non income data – nutrition, changes in rights, acess<br />
  12. 12. Observations<br />Need for holistic approach<br />Man and women together<br />Orchestra<br />Household focus<br />Need for flexibility/new strategies <br />Single vs multiple commodities<br />Value chain focus – gender focus<br />Market orientation vs subsistence oriented strategies<br />Evolving strategies based on monitoring and learning<br />Less project/government, more stakeholder driven strategies<br />
  13. 13. Observations<br />Gender sensitization <br />Special attention for women, to get a seat at the table<br />Gender integration in team<br />Hard work vs paper<br />Scaling out<br />Market driven (formal and informal)<br />Context specific – (system, farmers)<br />Collective action vs individual action<br />