Increasing benefits from livestock and livestock markets for women in Kenya and Uganda

The project will be implemented in Kenya and Tanzania. The goal of the project is to increase the incomes and general well-being of women and their households through livestock interventions by identifying those interventions, value chains or types of livestock that have the greatest benefit to women. The project will utilize local existing capacity in the 2 countries to conduct studies of livestock projects and interventions thereby building in-country capacity for gendered evaluation and analysis of livestock interventions.  Results of which interventions, value chains and institutional mechanisms have the greatest potential impact on women will be disseminated to stakeholders working on livestock thereby increasing the probability that their interventions will have a beneficial impact on women’s incomes and wellbeing.

Project Objectives

1. Explore which livestock, livestock products have the greatest potential for contributing to the economic empowerment of women through increasing incomes under their control.

2. Explore types of livestock and livestock product markets that women have more access to, that provide limited barriers to women’s participation and that provide women more flexibility and control while ensuring sustainable incomes.

3. Analyze livestock value chains including dairy, poultry, eggs as well as other ruminant and non-ruminant chains (pigs, dairy goats, rabbits etc) to (i) identify which of the chains are pro-women (ii) identify barriers that inhibit the potential of others to benefit women along the chain.

4. Explore which institutional mechanisms (including collective action) have the potential to increase women’s benefits from livestock including decision making with respect to livestock and livestock product ownership, market access and control over income.

5. Make recommendations on livestock value chains (types of livestock, products, and markets, institutional arrangements) that potentially have the greatest impacts on women.