Making agricultural markets work for women: A Mozambican woman prepares her agricultural produce for sale. (Photo credit: ILRI/Mann)
Agricultural researchers, development practitioners and policymakers gather at the principal campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a three-day workshop on gender and market-oriented agriculture beginning today, 31 January 2011.
Participants will discuss the role of gender in enhancing market-oriented smallholder agriculture in developing countries.
The meeting will also present evidence from research on strategies with potential for increasing the access of smallholder women farmers to agricultural commodity value chains.
The workshop is hosted by ILRI on behalf of a project of the Government of Ethiopia implemented by ILRI called Improving Productivity and Market Success of Ethiopian Farmers (IPMS).
ILRI’s Market Opportunities theme is represented by Dr Ranjitha Puskur, head of the research team on innovation in livestock systems, and Dr Isabelle Baltenweck, agricultural economist with the research team on smallholder competitiveness in changing markets.
Dr Puskur is co-author of a number of presentations on women's participation in commodity value chain development and market-oriented smallholder agriculture while Dr Baltenweck will present on experiences from the East Africa Dairy Development Project which is encouraging the use of dairy hubs to enhance access to services by smallholder farmers.
The workshop programme is available at http://agrigender.wikispaces.com/Programme.
For more information, please visit the ILRI Gender and Agriculture blog at http://agrigender.wordpress.com/tag/agrigender2011 or search for #agrigender2011 on Twitter.
Also check out this ILRI News blog post, ‘What will it take for women farmers to break away from the hearth–and into the marketplace?’ by Susan MacMillan, head of ILRI’s Public Awareness Unit.