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Sourcing gender: gender productivity and sustainable sourcing strategies
Report/paper, 21 pages
As part of a series of topic briefs on the New Business Models for Sustainable Trading Relationships (NBMSTR) project, this paper will describe the business opportunities that are available when working with women in agriculture. In so doing, this paper adds a new dimension to understanding trading relationships with smallholders by segmenting the producer base and understanding the implications of vulnerability and power relations on application of the NBMSTR principles. To analyse the problem and develop an actionorientated set of recommendations, a gendered approach to value chain analysis will be carried out.
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Millions of farmers in Africa depend on export markets for their livelihoods. But recent market trends have led to declining small farmer participation. Yet, these farmers have the skill and soil to provide the high-quality products the food industry seeks. This collaborative initiative engaged with research, civil society and private sector partners to develop new business models across a variety of sectors that enable smallholders to participate in sustainable trading relationships with international businesses and thereby improve their livelihoods.
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