As IDH we believe women are key to drive growth and sustainability. However, the possibilities for women to engage in supply chains is currently limited. To address this concern, IDH has developed the Gender Toolkit, consisting of practical case examples from IDH and similar projects in sectors that we work in, and of our IDH Gender Guide, where we explore opportunities to integrate gender aspects in different programming steps of projects and inventions.
Following these steps may positively influence your project or intervention and leverage greater impact. Our IDH Gender Toolkit aims to raise awareness, encourage, and inspire to integrate gender aspects into supply chain approaches. More examples can be found below, under our publications.
The importance of gender equality in market transformation
Gender equality, gender balance, inclusive business environments and improved working conditions are needed. They are an engine for economic growth as well as a value creator for businesses themselves. Though women contribute roughly 40-50% of all farm-related labour and activities in developing countries, they represent fewer than 20% of the world’s landholders, and often their access and control of resources, particularly income, is comparatively lower than that of men. This prevents them from being an active driver of economic growth and productivity in agricultural value chains.
IDH has seen throughout the years that gender equality is a catalyzer for economy growth. In the last years we have been implementing gender interventions to tackle gender barriers for all individuals in their workplace. It includes initiatives to increase women’s access to resources, their position in leadership roles and women’s workplace safety around the globe and are seeing results in different industries.
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Embedding gender equality
Gender is a key impact theme in IDH’s 2016-2020 strategic plan, in which we set out to embed gender equality into our transformation strategy. In many sectors we work in, women play a role in the supply chain: through production of food crops and sales of cash crops, through employment as workers on commercial farms, and also as traders and processors. However, often women have fewer opportunities for progression and are more vulnerable to exploitation.
So, what does IDH aim to do? First and foremost, through IDH interventions we commit to do no harm. This is the practice of ensuring that existing gender relations and dynamics within the scope of the program are not negatively influenced or affected. We will consider how women and men participate in and benefit from these interventions, and strive to benefit both and harm neither. Next to this, IDH will focus on increasing gender awareness throughout the organization and its work, and aim to integrate gender in selected sectors or landscape programs.
The IDH approach to gender equality and empowerment comprises 3 core elements.
Challenges to gender equality and empowerment
In many sectors that IDH engages with, women play a role in the supply chain; for example, through production of food crops and sales of cash crops, employment as workers on commercial farms, and as traders and processors. However, often women suffer from fewer opportunities to progress and are more vulnerable to exploitation. At this moment, women make up around 43% of the agricultural labor force in developing countries, and even more women are employed in agriculture globally (70% in South Asia, 60% in Sub-Saharan Africa). Despite this, fewer than 20% of the world’s landholders are women.
Gender is a key impact theme in IDH’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, in which we set out to embed gender equality into our transformation strategy.
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