Loyce Tembo, COMPACI Gender Desk Officer in Malawi.
Photo: © Wolf Berdel/GIZ

07.03.2014

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Gender aspects in agricultural value chains were discussed at a meeting in Bonn, Germany. The event, organised by GIZ, centred on two agricultural projects emphasising women’s participation in Africa.

The role of women in efforts to achieve food security is largely underestimated. New findings on gender needs and potentials were discussed at an event focusing on gender aspects in agricultural value chains in Bonn, Germany. The meeting, organised by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), highlighted two projects in Africa to illustrate focal gender-differentiated policy issues.

A new publication compiled in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “Gender in Agriculture – Closing the Knowledge Gap”, summarises the latest findings on women’s contributions to agriculture. “We need more information on the extent of gains in closing gender gaps in order to determine the most effective approaches,” explained Agnes Quisumbing, a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and one of the book’s authors.

Quisumbling reported on an evaluation of eight agricultural development projects aimed at identifying their impact on men’s and women’s assets, the focus on this aspect being justified by the importance of access to asset control for the wellbeing of a community.

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