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Enabling women as agricultural merchant middle(men)


I am Faruque Malik, working for an economics development company. 

Do you have any studies on Women as middle(men) in agricultural marketing. I want to do a study on how to enable women to enter in the business of agricultural products as middlemen. We call these people "Aarhti" in our urdu / hindi dialect. So ,I mean women aarhtis, vegetable wholesalers. As we have no women aarhtis here, there could be a good scope for women to enter this business.

I am keen to do a study to find some area of initiative / intervention for some institutions which could lead to women participation in this business. It could help the policy makers / policy influencers to make an enabling environment for women to enter this activity of business. It could be an added professional activity for me.

Your experiences shall be highly appreciated.

Best regards,

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Dear Faruque
There is a lot of information on women and agricultural value chains which you may like to refer your friend to. They focus is on collective empowerment of women. 
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with warm regards
Ranjani 

Dear Rajani,

Thanks really for this helpful information. 

Hey Faruque,

It is really nice that you want to do some intervention in this particular area but some how, I am not comfortable with it :D The problem is, while the small holders are suffering due to the middle men, on that point, you are willing to support the system through your intervention. As a practitioner, I feel, in a Value Chain, it's always good to incorporate women as an active member in the chain rather than pushing them in some area which is not good for the small holders.

I will suggest, there are huge number of literature on it and you can take a look in the Gender in Value Chain (http://genderinvaluechains.ning.com/) Apart from that, KIT Value Chain will help you (http://www.kit.nl/kit/DEV-Training-Value-chain-development-Gender-i...)

If possible, please go through the M4P Hub.

Best

Kumar

Dear Kumar,

Your interest is appreciated. The links you have suggested could prove helpful. In fact, I want to study as to what interventions can be made to incorporate women as profit earning entrepreneurs in the vegetable value chain.

Thanks and I will keep in touch. Regards Faruque

Kumar Das said:

Hey Faruque,

It is really nice that you want to do some intervention in this particular area but some how, I am not comfortable with it :D The problem is, while the small holders are suffering due to the middle men, on that point, you are willing to support the system through your intervention. As a practitioner, I feel, in a Value Chain, it's always good to incorporate women as an active member in the chain rather than pushing them in some area which is not good for the small holders.

I will suggest, there are huge number of literature on it and you can take a look in the Gender in Value Chain (http://genderinvaluechains.ning.com/) Apart from that, KIT Value Chain will help you (http://www.kit.nl/kit/DEV-Training-Value-chain-development-Gender-i...)

If possible, please go through the M4P Hub.

Best

Kumar

Hi Faruque,

Here are some resources from CGIAR

http://www.iita.org/2013-press-releases/-/asset_publisher/CxA7/cont...
www.capri.cgiar.org/pdf/capriwp99.pdf
www.capri.cgiar.org/pdf/capriwp61.pdf
www.capri.cgiar.org/pdf/capriwp106.pdf
www.cgiar.org/consortium-news/teaching-a-community-to-fish/
http://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/20794

Resources from AWARD

· Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Gender Officer, Margaret Kroma: MKroma@agra.org
· Agribusiness Growth Institute for West Africa (AGIWA) led byNdidi Nwuneli: nnwuneli@africanace.com
· Women In Agro-Business In Sub-Saharan Africa Alliance (WASAA). The Zimbabwe president of WASAA is Theresa Mazoyo. See: http://www.wasaazimbabwe.org/

Thanks to CGIAR and AWARD for sharing the resources and facebook page admin, Peter of CGIAR for facilitating the sharing.

Regards,

Rituu

Thanks a great lot Rituu. These websites shall be of help. I hope the study starts soon, and I will share the finding with all in this forum / group. Thanks again, and I request to keep updating. 

Regards

Faruque

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