Regional Consultation Workshop on Promoting Gender Sensitive Value Chain and Women’s Empowerment for Sustainable Food System in South Asia

Regional Consultation Workshop on Promoting Gender Sensitive Value Chain and Women’s Empowerment for Sustainable Food System in South Asia

KATHMANDU, NEPAL – What is a gender sensitive value chain? This was the main question posed for the participants of the Regional Consultation Workshop on Understanding and Promoting Gender Sensitive Value Chain in South Asia at the start of the three-day meeting held at Hotel Marshyangdi, Kathmandu, Nepal on 12-14 June 2019. Women and youth farmers and farmers organizations  from South Asian countries composed majority of the participants. The activity was also attended by officials from the government of SAARC states, academics, experts, and development partners.

SAARC Secretary General Amjad Hussain B. Sial and Minister of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation of Nepal Padma Kumari Aryal graced the event and officially opened the program with the lighting of panash alongside with other esteemed guests. Speaking on behalf of FAO Nepal, Binod Saha welcomed the participants and expressed full support for similar activities in the future.

AFA Secretary General Esther Penunia noted that this is the 6th expert meeting in South Asia co-organized and co-facilitated by the AFA, SAARC Secretariat, SAARC Agriculture Center, and FAO. A video of the first ever meeting in South Asia was premiered. (Watch the video here.) Balram Banskota, member of the parliament of Nepal expressed appreciation of the activity so his fellow Nepalis will learn about the best actions and policies of the other SAARC member states. He also shared about the efforts of the government of Nepal to reduce the burden of women engaged in agriculture work by targeting the youth to become involved agriculture.

This consultation workshop is co-organized by the Asian Farmers’ Association, (AFA), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and SAARC Agriculture Center (SARC), together with farmers’ organizations under the MTCP2 Programme.

VIDEOS

Opening Programme

Lighting of the Panash

Welcome Remarks
Binod Saha, Assistant Representative (Programme), FAO Nepal
Esther Penunia, Secretary General, AFA
Keshab Khadka, Senior Policy Adviser, MTCP2 SA
Balram Banskota, Member of Upper House, Nepal

Opening Remarks
H.E. Mr. Amjad Hussain B. Sial, Secretary General of SAARC

Address
Hon. Padma Kumari Aryal, Minister, Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Nepal

Session 1 Levelling Off: What is Value Chain? What Do We Mean by Gender Sensitivity?

Moderated by AFA Secretary General Esther Penunia

Esther started the session with an interactive game where the participants were asked to answer several questions related to the theme.

Eva Galvez, Agribusiness, Value Chains and Rural Finance Officer for Asia and Pacific, FAO discussed about the “FAO framework and Principles on Gender Sensitive Value Chain”. Afterwards, the participants, were reviewed the questions they answered earlier and were asked to review or change their answers after listening to Galvez’ presentation.

Session 2: Situationer on the Country’s Food System and Gender Sensitive Value Chains

Moderator by Eva Galvez, Agribusiness and Value Chains Officer, FAORAP

Presentations by:

  • Most. Ferdousi Begum, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Bangladesh
  • Ugyen Tshomo,Chief Program Officer,Women Division,National Commission for Women and Children,Bhutan
  • Mariyam Nasheetha Nasheed, Director, Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services, Maldives
  • Ananta Kumar Basnet, Under Secretary, Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Nepal
  • Zulfiqar Ali, Deputy Director (International Cooperation), Pak Secretariat, Kohsar Block (9th Floor), Ministry of Human Rights of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • G.L.G. Perera, Senior Assistant Secretary (Admin),Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Sri Lanka

Session 3: Good Practices on Gender Sensitive Value Chain by POs and IGOs

Moderated by Dr Younus Ali, Senior Technical Officer, SAC

Presentations by:

  • Jignasa Pandya, Senior Coordinator, SEWA
  • Phampha Dangal, Improved Seeds for farmers Programme (Kisankalagi Unnat Biu-Bijan Karyakram), IFAD Nepal
  • Kajol Bajracharya, Program Officer, Nepal Agriculture Cooperative Central Federation, Ltd. (NACCFL)
  • Eva Galvez, Agribusiness, Value Chains and Rural Finance Officer for Asia and Pacific, FAO

Interactive recap to start the second day of GSCV meeting

Session 4: Group Discussions on Constraints, Challenges in Promoting Gender Sensitive Value Chains
Moderated by Esther Penunia

– Plenary Reporting
– Open Forum
– Understanding Reached /Quick Synthesis

Session 5: Group Discussions on Policy and Programme Recommendations to Promote Gender Sensitive Value Chains
Moderated by Eva Galvez

– Plenary Reporting
– Open Forum
– Understanding Reached /Quick Synthesis


The two groups that went to two different sites share what they learned from the field visit.


Session 7: Ways Forward at Country and Regional Level

Moderator : Amirul Islam, Operations Manager, AFA

AFA SecGen Esther Penunia lead the reading of the draft Joint Communiqué on Gender Sensitive Value Chain. The communique is a working draft and participants were urged to submit their comments and suggestions to improve the draft.

After the reading, there was a short ‘talk show’ with the women and youth farmer participants hosted by Lysa Villalba of AFA where they shared about their learnings during the past three days.



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