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Women's Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum, Bangkok

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:15pm

(Asia/Bangkok)

Towards Transformational Change: Upgrading Women’s Roles within Agricultural Value Chains | 

Date: May 23, 2:30 PM – 4:15 PM, Connections 1

Venue: Amari Watergate Bangkok, 847 Petchburi Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand 10400

Chaired by Adam Smith International

While significant advances have been made in integrating WEE into market system approaches, there remain too few examples of genuine and transformational change to women’s roles, particularly in agricultural value chains. Although market system programming often supports important increases to women’s access – and in targeted cases – agency, women tend to remain concentrated in the lower rungs of the chain, with few protections, and a limited ability to capture value. Despite extensive efforts to improve the market functioning for poor women, programmes struggle to use incentive-driven approaches to engage women as lead farmers in cash crop industries, extension agents, and traders, for example. Drawing on practical experience from a broad range of initiatives across varied geographies, this session will explore a series of pressing questions, including: What constitutes an upgraded role for women in agricultural value chains? What upgrading strategies exist and have been successful in facilitating women’s adoption of new or better roles? How can we incentivize businesses to invest in such upgrading strategies? What measurement approaches can be used to understand changes to roles? And does women’s economic upgrading in agricultural market systems stimulate parallel changes to women’s roles within the household?

Speakers

Sonia Jordan, ÉLAN RDC

Jeannette Gurung, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN)

Conference Website: https://weeforum2017.org/theme-1/#unraveling