In the context of climate change and COVID-19, three IDRC-funded research projects offer a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing women working in Africa’s agricultural value chains.
Research in Action
Food and Agriculture
CultiAF-funded project uses gender-inclusive financing, certification of processed fish products, improved access to formal markets, and promotion of community-level gender equality to reduce post-harvest aquaculture losses.
Since 2016, a research team of senior and emerging African and Canadian researchers from the University of Malawi and the University of British Columbia (UBC), working in collaboration with Malawi’s Ministry of Health, has been exploring how to improve the use of proven ways to help save these babies’ lives.
The Metro Agri-food Living Lab model in Kenya aims to co-create knowledge and generate evidence on effective approaches to promote successful youth entrepreneurship among researchers, mentors, and entrepreneurs.
Practical support, services, and training can go a long way toward improving opportunities for women. However, to ensure these opportunities are sustainable and grounded in local realities, we need to confront the underlying norms and systems at the root of gender-based inequalities. Only then will we have lasting and meaningful gender-transformative change.