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What are gender-related constraints and how can projects address them?

These were the kind of questions that had triggered SNRD Africa and its sister network SNRD Asia Pacific to set up action plans in support of gender empowerment and, more specifically, qualified gender in value chains training.

The eight-week-long online training attracted 70 participants from 22 projects working in 18 countries across the Africa and Asia regions. All of them drew gender-sensitive value chain maps, conducted interviews with partners — for as far as Covid regulations permitted — and with a comprehensive case study of the respective value chain in their project developed a monitoring plan to measure results towards gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. The training was SNRD’s first online training, offered in French and English.

The examined value chains were as diverse as potatoes, groundnut, abaca, rice, roasted cashews, cow milk, cassava, or even honey. After the training participants shared with each other strategies on how they wanted to integrate the new knowledge in their projects and how they thought to best use the practical tools to work more towards a gender-transformative world.

With this widely offered training, the two sector networks wanted to place the cross-sectional issue of gender on a higher, more strategic level and to continue to support the new working group on Gender-transformative Approaches in Rural Development.

Want to learn more?

Join our concluding webinar “From gender analysis to gender transformation – Knowledge snacks from the gender training in agricultural value chains” on  Thursday, 20 May, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CEST. You’ll get a chance to dive deep into the gender-sensitive value chain map and the Reach-Benefit-Empower Framework.

Additional information and contact

The invitation to the webinar and complete access to training materials is available to SNRD members. Please contact Joy Heitlinger, snrd@giz.de

In thankful cooperation with Fair & Sustainable Consulting

Photo: ©GIZ/Yaw Ansa-Ansare