Gender in Value Chains

Women play crucial roles in agricultural value chains. However, their contribution often remains invisible, which can lead to inefficient chains. Business opportunities suffer as a result and profits are lower and/or unequally distributed. According to the FAO, women would produce 20-30 % more food if they had the same access to resources as men, and their families would enjoy better health, nutrition and education.

Gender differences and inequalities in access to and control over resources affect the ways in which value chains operate at every level. Understanding those inequalities is critical in addressing weak linkages that hamper the upgrading of a value chain, and to effectively reduce poverty and increase the empowerment of all actors involved.

F&S promotes gender-sensitive development of value chains by motivating and supporting practitioners to integrate a gender perspective in all stages of their value chain development programs: analysis, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.


Development of a Practical Guide on Gender Inclusion and Compliance with the RSPO principles and criteria – Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), 2020

A comprehensive approach to inform and engage with business on the necessity to apply gender-inclusive practices Practical tools and/or strategies which can assist businesses to be (more) gender-inclusive.

Consultants: Angelica Senders, Marjoleine Motz

Gender Responsive Equitable Agriculture and Tourism (GREAT) Program in N-Vietnam – Aus4Equality, 2020 

Gender advisor to help the DFAT funded program to tailor its approaches in ways that continuously improve women’s economic empowerment in the context of their MSD approach. 

Consultant: Angelica Senders

Green Markets and Sustainable Consumption Project, Amazonas Brazil – ECO Consulting Bonn Germany/ Brazil, 2019

Support to the GIZ funded Project in gender-sensitive studies of value chains and provide a Training of Trainers to build the gender capacities of staff of partner NGOs working in the Amazon region of Brazil.

Consultant: Angelica Senders

Sustainable Trade Initiative/ IDH, 2018

Gender Study in the flower sector in Ethiopia. Assessment of gender issues in the commercial flower sector of Ethiopia

Consultant: Jochem Schneemann

IDH, Hivos, AgriProFocus, 2014-2015

Toolkit for women and youth inclusive coffee chains – Development of a toolkit for practitioners entitled Sustainable coffee as a family business: approaches and tools to include women and youth (English and Spanish version)
Consultants: Angelica Senders, Marjoleine Motz, Anna Lentink (associate)