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Bridging the gender gap in livestock projects in Vietnam and Cambodia

ILRI Asia

Two training workshops were held in January 2018 to develop the capacity of livestock researchers to integrate gender in livestock value chains in projects supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research in Vietnam, and the United States Agency for International Development in Cambodia.

Thirty researchers from the ‘Safe Food, Fair Food for Cambodia’ and the ‘Market-based approaches to improving the safety of pork in Vietnam’, or SafePork, projects learned how to ensure gender is integrated into livestock value chains to improve farmers livelihoods.

In Cambodia and Vietnam, most animal-source food products are produced by smallholders, many of them women, and sold in traditional open markets where women also predominate as retailers. However, value chain interventions have tended to favour men because they control the money from sales. Women who do much of the work are poorly recognized and receive fewer benefits. Integrating gender in programs…

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