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Workshop on gender and market-oriented agriculture: Research to practice

A Workshop on Gender and Market-oriented Agriculture 2011 (AgriGender 2011): Research to Practice
31st January-2nd February, 2011: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Working with women farmers and entrepreneurs shows time and again that, women are essential to economic development, especially in rural and agricultural economies but also that they face specific constraints. There are multiple efforts by governments, donors, non-governmental and research organizations working to link smallholder farmers to markets or make markets work for the poor as African agriculture becomes more commercialized. These efforts can be made more equitable and sustainable by integrating gender, addressing gender constraints and focusing on women as agents of change.

This workshop (on Gender and Market-oriented Agriculture 2010: Research to Practice) will bring together researchers, agriculture development practitioners, donors and policymakers working in Africa and other regions to give women greater access to markets and value chains. The global dialogue will have a focus on East Africa, but will bring in relevant experiences from elsewhere in the world.

The workshop is organized by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and its Improving Productivity and Market Success of Ethiopia farmers project (IPMS).

Workshop Objectives:
• 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
• To synthesize lessons on what works in integrating gender and promoting women to participate in and benefit from agricultural markets
• To collate empirical evidence of the poverty, equity, food security and nutritional impacts of market-oriented agriculture
• To begin to build a new paradigm for market-oriented research and funding that serves the interests of women

Thematic Areas and Workshop Organization

The workshop will focus on 4 main thematic areas. These will be organized around key plenary papers, discussion and panel sessions, roundtables and a donor and policy forum. The workshop will include a field trip to visit women entrepreneurs and farmers engaged in market oriented agriculture in Ethiopia.

1. The role and situation of women in market oriented agriculture and value chains. Papers and discussions under this session will focus on the role and participation of women in markets and gendered value chain analysis that identify opportunities for and constraints faced by women.

2. Tested strategies for integrating gender analysis and women in market oriented agriculture. This will focus on experiences from the field presented in innovative ways, focusing on strategies that have worked to integrate gender or increase women’s participation in and benefits from different value chains and markets. Good practices for integrating gender in marketing and value chain projects will be shared

3. Tested strategies for increasing women’s access to services and capacities that enable them to engage in market oriented agriculture. This will focus on innovative strategies for increasing access to assets, micro-finance, training, building social capital amongst other services.

4. Gendered impacts of market linkages and market integration. This theme will focus on research documenting the impacts of market oriented agriculture on several gender related outcomes including gender relations, women’s incomes, food security and nutrition.

Key Outputs:
• Documentation in different media of case studies with good practices for integrating gender analysis and women in market oriented agriculture and value chain projects
• A peer reviewed publication of research on the impacts of market oriented agriculture on gender, equity and other gender related outcomes and opportunities for the future
• Special issue of a journal /or book of selected workshop papers
• Policy briefs in multiple languages including Amharic

Key Outcomes
• Increased awareness and knowledge of methods and approaches for integrating and evaluating gender in market oriented and value chain projects
• A donor commitment to funding for gender integrative markets and value chain projects
• Formation of a network of professionals focusing on gender and market-oriented agriculture

Workshop Timeline
Due Date
Confirmation of attendance (Registration) November 15 2010
Submission of paper /poster /market place abstracts November 30 2010
Submission of papers December 15 2010
Feedback on Papers December 30 2010
Workshop Dates 31 January to 2 February 2011

Key Contacts

Jemimah Njuki Ranjitha Puskur
Poverty and Gender Team Innovations in Livestock Systems

12 thoughts on “Workshop on gender and market-oriented agriculture: Research to practice

  1. Hi Roel
    Thanks for the interest in the gender and market oriented agriculture conference. You are actually on my list of people to contact both as a potential participant and to advertise the even in the network. I recently joined the network and I find it a very useful platform and source of information. We are in the process of developing a more detailed brochure and I will send this to you on Monday as well as other information including the guidelines for developing and submitting papers and case studies.


  2. Dear SIR/ MADAM,
    Many greetings to you.On behalf of my organisation Friends of the Earth Sierra Leone i wish to inform you that i am very much interested in your training program as this will help me to learn more that will benefit my organisation and country.Composting and organic Agriculture is one of our activities.Therefore it will promote our national food security programme.
    I thank you and look forward to your perusal reply.
    Gloria Johnson,Gender coordinator.
    Friends of the Earth Sierra Leone.

  3. I am interested in this workshopas a gender and rural development expert from the University of Ibadan.My interacation with other colleagues will enhance my teaching and research skills.I will also like to share my experiences with other gender experts from all over the globe.

  4. Hi Jemimah

    Am an Agricultural Economist and working as a Researcher with BRAC. Am based in Uganda. The target group for most of our services are women. I have just learnt about this workshop and I would like to attend. Can you please give me more information on how I can take part in this workshop?


  5. Hi Gloria, Stella and Ronald
    Thanks a lot for your interest in the workshop. I have posted more information on the blog including a brochure, a pre-registration form and guides for developing case studies for presentation at the workshop. Please check these out and let me know if you are not able to access them or if you require more information.


  6. Hello Jemimah

    Accessing the workshop documents is hard. You’re asked for membership, which I already did but not yet acquired it. The reply is that my request for membership is pending. How can I access the information easiy?

  7. I wish to particicape in the Up-coming Workshop on Gender and Market Oriented Agriculture in Ethiopia. Could you please send me the registration through my in-box?

    Thank you.

  8. This is a very strategic workshop, because it will bring all the various stakeholders together. Even hear in Uganda, its a big challenge to ensure women’s effective participation in markets and value chain due to socio -economic and cultural factors. Poverty has een feminised and most women lack dignity and are not empowered despite the fact that they provide above 70% of the labour in the agricultural sector. Now that Uganda has got a five year National Development with gender as oneof the key binding factors, I wish policy makers and other stakeholders from Uganda would attend and learn from experiences else where in the world.

    Thank you

  9. really nice. As a young women interested in young women’s leadership and participation in development. I wish to participate and got a vas knowledge on gender.

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