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