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Women's engagement in pastoral value chains in northern Kenya: Understanding gender in livestock value chains

This study investigates the barriers and opportunities for the engagement of women in livestock value chains in Northern Kenya, and makes recommendations for policy and practice to ensure food and livelihood security and long-term resilience for pastoralist communities.

Recognising women’s predominance in livestock production in northern Kenya, the study sought to develop a better understanding of constraints and opportunities shaping women’s prospects for moving up pastoral livestock value chains. The study maps the placement and roles of women and men in the value chains of this key sector. It identifies constraints and opportunities influencing the value chains in general and women’s roles in particular. The analysis combines a vertical perspective (focusing on sectoral dynamics and commercial actors) with a horizontal perspective (focusing on institutions and structures in the pastoral environment context). The study involved field research in Marsabit Central, Maikona and Laisamis districts of Marsabit County.

  • Countries: Kenya
  • Published: July 2014

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