Past eventInvitation Only

Wealth Creation through Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the Agricultural Value Chain

30 September 2010 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Chatham House, London



This will be the final event of Phase II in the Procurement for Development Forum meeting series, organized by Chatham House and DFID. The goals of this meeting are to outline the business case for investing in gender equality and women's empowerment and to identify the mechanisms and recommend strategies for integration of these principles into policies and practices. 

In many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, women make up 60-70% of agricultural employment. Commonly, women are also responsible for subsistence production and livestock care, roles that are unpaid but critical to household survival. Despite the importance of women to agricultural production, however, they are often excluded from the more profitable parts of the value chain, instead remaining associated with labour intensive, low value added activities. This exclusion is largely due to gender based divisions of labour and unequal access to assets such as land and services such as credit and technical training. As a result, women have limited capacity to take advantage of opportunities provided by agricultural value chains, thereby reducing the productivity and performance of the economy as a whole. 

Attendance is by invitation only.