Upgrading Women's Food Product Value Chains in Northern Ethiopia
Promoting agricultural product value chains and linking farmers to markets are key strategies in Ethiopia's efforts to fight poverty and improve food security. However, many of these initiatives fail to integrate women's products and priorities into value chain development. This research project will help rural women in remote areas of Tigray in northern Ethiopia improve their income and household food security by identifying and promoting innovative strategies that will upgrade value chains for local food products and help women better access markets. The project will focus on local pulse crops, such as lentils, faba beans, and chickpeas and evaluate opportunities for commercialization and to upgrade traditional food product value chains. The project will explore income potential for women for these foods, while strengthening and leveraging the activities of women's cooperatives. By improving women's access to markets and incomes, the project will not only result in the economic empowerment of women, but will also boost household food security and welfare. Results will inform policy and development interventions in Ethiopia on how rural women in remote areas can participate more effectively in local and national markets.