Please join us for a discussion on how increasing opportunities for women in cross-border agricultural trade can open new pathways to economic growth, food security, and poverty reduction in developing countries. Participate on Twitter by using the hashtag #AskAg.
Gender and food security experts Deborah Rubin of Cultural Practice, LLC and Caren Grown of USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning will respond to your questions and comments. In addition, @Agrilinks will encourage open discussion from participants.
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- Join us on November 1 at 12:00 pm EDT by following @Agrilinks and the hashtag #AskAg.
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The USAID Enabling Agricultural Trade (EAT) project has partnered with Cultural Practice, LLC to develop a policy brief, “Women in Cross-Border Agricultural Trade,” that explores the unique challenges faced by women in cross-border agricultural trade. Security, mobility, and service delivery constraints can disproportionately limit women’s access to markets, particularly markets across borders. Increasing opportunities for formal cross-border agricultural trade by women has the potential to generate economic growth and increase food security while reducing poverty among vulnerable households.
The brief sets forth three guiding principles for donors and policymakers seeking to integrate gender considerations into trade reform activities. First, women’s rights to security, privacy, and equal treatment in the border process must be established and protected. Second, public policy should promote increased market opportunities for women traders. Third, the policy-planning process should be designed to ensure that the voices of women traders are heard.
Please join us for a lively discussion of how these critical aspects of the agribusiness enabling environment (AgBEE) can be improved for women traders.
About the EAT project
The Enabling Agricultural Trade (EAT) project, funded by USAID, supports the U.S. government’s global efforts to create conditions for agriculture-led growth. USAID established EAT based on substantial academic and field experience suggesting that a sound legal, regulatory, and institutional environment is a pre-requisite to economic growth in the agricultural sector. EAT offers policy analysis and support for the implementation of AgBEE reforms that encourage business start-up and growth across the agricultural sector. Visit our project website at www.eatproject.org.
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