Gender assessment of dairy value chain: Evidence from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda
The FAO presents a gender assessment of the dairy value chain in Ethiopia (PDF), Kenya (PDF) and Rwanda (PDF). The Ethiopia report focuses on selected sites in Ethiopia: North Shoa Shewa (Degem woreda), East Gojam (Dejen woreda) and Gamu Gofa Arba Minch (Arba Minch Zuria woreda). It aims to formulate country-specific recommendations for Ethiopia, and to contribute to developing general guidelines on how to implement gender sensitive initiatives in the dairy value chain. It relies on evidence gathered through fieldwork complemented by a review of specialized background documentation. The findings confirm that women’s empowerment is vital for sustainable dairy value chain development and that projects supporting dairy production need to increase their efforts to be gender inclusive. The study provides country-specific recommendations for Ethiopia, which also feed into a more general knowledge base on how to develop gender-sensitive dairy value chains. The assessment considered:
- women and men’s roles and responsibilities, their different benefits, opportunities, needs, constraints and challenges along the value chains;
- economic opportunities arising along the value chains, as well as women and men’s capacity to access them;
- and factors contributing to reduce gender inequalities in the value chains.