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Analysing the agrifood sector in Lebanon through the perspective of gender-sensitive value chains

Concise study









FAO. 2023. Analysing the agrifood sector in Lebanon through the perspective of gender-sensitive value chains – Concise study. Beirut. 




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    What efforts need to be made to effectively mainstream gender in agrifood value chain projects and programmes? When can a value chain intervention be considered ‘gender-sensitive’? What actions can be implemented to address gender inequalities along the chain? These guidelines aim to respond to these questions and support practitioners in translating the Gender-Sensitive Value Chain Framework, developed by the FAO into action. Building on FAO’s comparative advantage on gender in agriculture and food security, these guidelines are primarily intended to assist practitioners in designing and implementing interventions that provide women and men with equal opportunities to benefit from agrifood value chain development. They offer practical tools and examples of successful approaches to foster a more systematic integration of gender equality dimensions in value chain interventions in the agricultural sector and enhance the social impact of these interventions. The guidelines are targeted to practitioners in a wide range of organizations and institutions, including national governments, international and NGOs, research institutes and the private sector, in particular: »» value chain practitioners who want to ensure that their interventions are inclusive and socially sustainable, and seek support on how best to address gender issues in their work on agrifood value chains; »» gender experts who are tasked with supporting the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment objectives in agrifood value chain interventions.
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    The training toolkit ‘Promoting gender-sensitive farm business schools’ was designed to complement the Farm Business School (FBS) universal training package and assist FBS practitioners integrating the gender dimension in FBS approach. With a view to favour equal participation of women and men in farm business and ensure they both benefit from the opportunities it offers, it is important that FBS practitioners recognize the gender-based constraints existing in all phases of the farm business cycle from diagnosis to evaluation and learn how to address them in the FBS curricula and facilitation process. The guide is to be consulted and used in combination with the universal training package as it follows its structure and process spanning orientation note for policy makers, training handbook and exercise book. The first part of the guide raises awareness on the gender gap and the gender-based constraints related to farm business and the role of FBS in addressing them. Consequently, it identifies entry points for mainstreaming gender in the FBS capacity development process, from policy sensitization to training of farmers. It offers tools, ideas and resources for discussing and addressing gender-based constraints as relevant to the different phases of the farm business cycle from diagnosis to evaluation. An outline for a training session on gender mainstreaming in FBS is included followed by a table providing inputs on how to integrate the gender dimension in selected FBS training contents.
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    Promoting Gender-Sensitive Agrifood Value Chains in Jalisco State - GCP/MEX/311/IRE 2023
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    Mexico has made significant progress in recent years in achieving women's rights and gender equality, particularly in key areas at the federal level. Despite these achievements, women's participation in the workplace remains low or concentrated in less productive sectors. Rural women, in particular, face greater inequalities than men. Although the state of Jalisco is the most agriculturally productive in Mexico, female entrepreneurs working in the agrifood sector face multiple challenges, including poor access to technical assistance, land tenure and credit, in addition to limited participation in value chains. In this context, the present project, funded by the Government of Ireland, aimed to empower rural women by addressing these challenges. Implemented over one year, the project focused on four key components: training on gender-sensitive value chains, the creation of mentorship and entrepreneurship networks, the promotion of an enabling environment for gender equality and training for public officials overseeing female-centric programmes. Through collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) and the Ministry of Substantive Equality between Women and Men (SISEMH) in the State of Jalisco, FAO assisted female entrepreneurs in adopting effective practices that better integrated them in the selected value chains and strengthened their networks for sustainable rural entrepreneurship.

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