Feminization, agricultural transition and rural employment (FATE)

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Is quinoa on your diet? Are you tempted by the exotic scent of cardamom in your local tea shop? Any idea where the tender beans on your plate come from, and how they are produced?
The demand for new agricultural products with specific nutritional characteristics and year-round availability has constantly been on the rise in recent years – and so has their price. These market dynamics have a profound effect on the places where such products are grown. In many cases, these are rural areas in developing countries where agriculture is the main economic sector. Accordingly, high-value crops hold the promise of stimulating rural development in the global South: employment is expected to lift poor people – and women in particular – out of their multiple dependencies on small-scale agricultural production, offering them and their children new perspectives.

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25.02.21 BLOG

Wake up and smell the coffee: Interlinkages and system dynamics along the Lao coffee value chain

Which impact does tax evasion have on smallholder farmers? How are the information and policy implementation gap connected to gender equality in coffee production? These and other questions, we have discussed today in our second workshop in the context of our r4d synthesis project “Wake up and smell the coffee: Opportunities and risks along the global coffee value chain. The case of Laos.” After recapitulating findings of the first workshop, members of the FATE project and the Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) project discussed how various feedback mechanisms and regulatory frameworks manifest along the coffee value chain, which we afterwards complemented with the interests and influence of various actors. In the following session, we explored the implications of the feedback mechanisms for sustainable development, focusing in particular on gender roles. Taking up the challenge of combining micro- and macro-level perspectives, the workshop illuminated the complex interlinkages and system dynamics along the Lao coffee value chain. The result was an inspiring and rich exchange that contributed to profound insights on the opportunities and risks of coffee production in Laos.

27.01.21 EVENT
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