Gender in value chain mainstreaming: 5 lessons learned from the Agri-ProFocus coaching track in Ethiopia
On December 17 2014, the closing workshop of the Gender in Value Chain Coaching Track of Agri-ProFocus Ethiopia took place at Dreamliner Hotel, Addis Ababa. Participants shared their experiences on the application of gender in value chain tools and methodologies, the results achieved and the lessons learned. Angelica Senders was present at this workshop, as learning facilitator Gender in Value Chains Angelica provided backstopping to the coaching track that started in November 2013.
The objective of the coaching track was to provide hand-on coaching and advice to organizations motivated to make their value chain interventions gender sensitive with the aim to make male and female entrepreneurs benefit equally from better functioning of agricultural value chains in which roles and gains are equally distributed.
The closing workshop aimed at bringing together the participants in the coaching track to share the experiences they gained with the application of gender in value chain tools and methodologies, the results achieved and the lessons learned. The workshop not only aimed at looking back but also looking forward into the plans of the participants for the year to come.
The morning program focused on experience sharing. Two organizations (TGT Enterprise/ASMA Project and SNV Ethiopia) presented their experiences to the audience. After the coffee break 3 groups were formed to share and systematize experiences on three topics:
- How to mainstream Gender in Value Chains at organizational level?
- How to do gender sensitive VC analysis?
- How to develop Gender sensitive value chain services?
Important commonalities came out of the experiences sharing:
- Training of staff on gender mainstreaming in VCD is crucial
- Gender sensitive value chain mapping should become integral part of value chain analysis the tools provided in the coaching track were very helpful for this
- Good gender sensitive value chain analysis results in gender sensitive value chain interventions
- Involvement and commitment of the management is key to mainstream gender in value chain development
- This commitment of the organization to gender mainstreaming needs to be translated into:
- Gender objectives (and indicators) in the strategic plan of the organization
- Budget for gender related activities (like training of staff and gender sensitive value chain analysis)
- Assignment of tasks to staff related to gender in value chain development
The end of the afternoon was used for the evaluation of the coaching track by means of a questionnaire by mobiles phones and action planning for the year to come.