• Promoting Finance and Investment
    Promoting Finance and Investment
  • Trade Promotion and AGOA
    Trade Promotion and AGOA
  • Developing Regional Value Chains
    Developing Regional Value Chains
  • Expanding Agribusiness and Trade
    Expanding Agribusiness and Trade
  • Improving Regional Trade Facilitation
    Improving Regional Trade Facilitation
  • Improving Regional Trade
    Improving Regional Trade

Gender Mainstreamed in Implementation of Trade Hub GrantsAs part of the USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub’s Strategic Partnership Grant to restore soil composition and fertility and livelihood enhancement through crop rotation in Manica Province, Mozambique, the Trade Hub hosted a four-day Gender Training Workshop for farmers engaged in grant implementation.

Training promoted the use of gender sensitive and participatory approaches in the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Grant activities in the soy and groundnut value chains to improve food security and achieve sustainable and equitable development.The Trade Hub also conducted two gender integration training courses in Malawi during the month of May.The objective of the training was to reinforce the importance of gender in farming as a business and to establish the link between gender analysis and aflatoxin management in the groundnut value chain.

Analysis of the gender division of labor in the value chain revealed that activities undertaken by women alone (such as lifting, drying and shelling of groundnuts) carry the highest risk of aflatoxin contamination. Despite the farmers’ extensive technical knowledge of aflatoxin, they had not made the connection that contamination also stems from gender dynamics and the inequitable distribution of labor.

Photo: Gender Mainstreamed in Implementation of Trade Hub Grants

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