CGIAR Gender News

Gender dynamics in value chains: Beyond production node and a single commodity focus

Villagers with their fish

Photo: Randall Brummett, 2002/WorldFish

Over 20 years of research on gender dynamics in value chain development has tended to overemphasize the production node and single commodity chains.

Since 2019, the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) has supported a set of six projects that analyze gender roles, responsibilities, and relations in agricultural value chains drawing on both qualitative and quantitative data that look at nodes in the midstream segments of the value chain and/or across multiple chains. Despite COVID setbacks, the projects have generated compelling insights on the differential effects on the benefits that women and men derive from value chain participation. These insights will be shared in a two-part webinar series. The first webinar on September 21 will focus on findings from these projects, and the second on October 28 will focus on innovative methods used in these studies.