The Southern Africa Trade Hub is providing support for the integration of gender specific interventions into the HM Boerdery Strategic Partnership Grant in Malawi. The first phase was a gender analysis that took place took place April 24-30. On April 24 the Trade Hub attended a marketing field day organized by the Agricultural Commodity Exchange (ACE) for Africa and held at the NASFAM (National Association of Smallholder Farmers) offices in Lilongwe South. The event highlighted the agricultural marketing approaches that ACE uses and the benefits that farmers can derive from them.
From April 27 - 30, 2015, the Trade Hub undertook focus group discussions with over 100 female and male smallholder groundnut farmers, and extension workers from both the Ministry of Agriculture and NASFAM in Mchinji, and Lilongwe North and South Districts.
The focus group discussions identified a number of gender gaps, including lack of comprehensive gender integration, limited sex disaggregated data, and the need to enhance skills on gender indicators in monitoring and evaluation. Strengthening gender analysis and analyzing production and volume of deliveries by sex and volumes per farmer will help capture changes in household gender dynamics and the empowerment of women.