Supply chain

Correlates and consequences of women's participation in the cowpea value chain in eastern Zambia

This paper analyses the link between gender differences and different activities along the cowpea value chain as well as food security and asset-based poverty using a recent cross-sectional data set of over 120 farm households in Eastern Zambia. We used the endogenous switching probit regression model to account for both observed and unobserved heterogeneity. Results show that women’s participation in the cowpea value chain significantly increases cowpea production, marketing and adoption of improved cowpea varieties. It also reduces both food insecurity and poverty.

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Therese Gondwe, A. Tegbaru, Alamu E. Oladeji, Makaiko Khonje, J. Manda &H. Gaya (2017): Correlates and consequences of women’s participation in thecowpea value chain in eastern Zambia in Agrekon Journal (Agricultural EconomicsResearch, Policy and Practice in Southern Africa). Article

Contracting and gender equity in Tanzania: using a value chain approach to understand the role of gender in organic spice certification

Value chain development (VCD) initiatives within the horticultural and organic sectors in Africa are promising strategies to improve smallholder welfare. Contracting institutional arrangements are a common feature of VCD initiatives and are increasing in number in sub-Saharan Africa as a way to source organic products from smallholder producers. The objective of this study is to better understand men and women's participation in spice producing households that sell under contract and in conventional market chains in the East Usambaras, Tanzania.

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Bullock, R., Gyau, A., Mithoefer, D., & Swisher, M. (2017). Contracting and gender equity in Tanzania: Using a value chain approach to understand the role of gender in organic spice certification. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 1-13. doi:10.1017/S1742170517000151