A Guide To Integrating Gender Into Agricultural Value Chains Based on Promoting Gender Equitable Opportunities in Agricultural Value Chains: A Handbook

Deborah Rubin and Cristina Manfre(Cultural Practice LLC)

Value chain programs, when designed with gender equitable principles, can foster both competitiveness and gender equity goals to enhance poverty-reduction impacts. 

Prepared under USAID’s Office of Women in Development Greater Access to the Trade Expansion (GATE) project, the handbook offers steps needed to address the different types of gender issues that are embedded in how value chains work and provides a phased process for Integrating Gender into Agricultural Value Chains (INGIA-VC) and its analytical framework.

This process starts with country and chain-specific data collection on gender relations built on three underlying assumptions that (1) value chains are embedded in a social context, (2) value chain development affects gender roles and relations and (3) gender equity and value chain competitiveness are mutually supportive goals.