Behavior Change Perspectives on Gender and Value Chain Development

Bean farmers Photo: GeorginaSmith/CIAT

This framework and set of tools can be used to better understand how gender impacts behavior related to value chain upgrading.

Why is the tool important?

This framework and set of tools are designed to study how gender affects three categories of behavior related to upgrading value chains, namely money management, business practices and value-chain relationships. The framework and tools can be drawn upon to design future research on gendered behaviors in value chains.

Who is the tool for?

This tool is for practitioners, researchers, students and academics.

Countries of focus: Kenya and Ghana.

How can I use the tool?

The framework can be drawn upon to design future research on gendered behaviors in value chains. The related tools include an example of a research plan (important for communicating with field partners and organizing data collection) that guided field work on this topic in Ghana (in the citrus value chain) and Kenya (in the sweet potato value chain). Lastly, the tools include a facilitation guide for a consultation workshop with field partners to introduce them to the objectives and design of research on gender constraints to value chain upgrading, and to solicit their inputs and suggestions.

When and how was it developed?

Jennefer Sebstad and Cristina Manfre, consultants for ACDI/VOCA through the FHI 360-managed FIELD-Support LWA, prepared this tool in 2011. This was also made possible with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Where can I get the tool? Who can I contact?

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