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Gender and market-oriented agriculture: From research to practice

From 31 January to 2 February 2011, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) hosts an AgriGender 2011 workshop and field trip.

The workshop will bring together agricultural researchers, development practitioners, donor representatives and policymakers who are working in Africa and other regions to give women greater access to markets and value chains. The global dialogue will focus on East Africa but also bring in relevant experiences from elsewhere in the world.

The workshop draws heavily on an ILRI-implemented Ethiopian Government project, ‘Improving Productivity and Market Success of Ethiopian Farmers (IPMS)’, which has been conducted over the past six years with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency.

His Excellency, Ato Wondirad Mandefro, State Minister of Agriculture, will open the workshop.

Scientific researchers, government officials and development workers have long been in agreement that gender is the missing link in agricultural development. Research-based evidence on promising strategies for addressing this missing link will be presented and discussed at this workshop, which aims to begin to develop a new paradigm for market-oriented research and funding that serves women’s interests.

On Wednesday, 2 February, the workshop participants will make a field trip to Debre Zeit to visit women farmers at work in dairy and honey farming and marketing.

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