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Sourcing gender: gender productivity and sustainable sourcing strategies - summary paper

Designing trading relationships and business models that reach and benefit women in agriculture can be a challenge for practitioners. Women constitute the majority of farmers and producers yet face a significant number of gender-specific constraints that restrict their productivity. Creative approaches to investing in women will mean maximizing productivity across the entire workforce and through the value chain. As part of a series of topic briefs on the New Business Models for Sustainable Trading Relationships(NBMSTR) project, Sourcing gender: gender value chains for productivity in sustainable sourcing strategies describes the business opportunities of working with women in agriculture and provides an action-orientated set of recommendations.

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  • IIED code: G03135
  • Published: Jul 2011 - IIED; SFL
  • Theme: Governance
  • Language: English

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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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