From November 22 to December 16, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is conducting gender research and training for Ammtech/COMACO, a strategic partnership grantee based in Chipata, Zambia to support the Trade Hub’s goal of integrating gender into the policies and procedures of grantee organizations.
Semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions, and questionnaires will help identify factors constraining women’s participation in grant activities and reveal gender dynamics in Zambia and the COMACO groundnut value chain.
The results will be used to develop targeted gender training to ensure grant activities are in line with Trade Hub standards for gender integration, inclusion, and mainstreaming. It is anticipated that farmers in particular will be better able to integrate gender systematically in day-to-day operations to ensure equal access and benefits.
COMACO works with 160,000 farmers and is committed to helping small scale farming communities through multipurpose cooperatives in Zambia to achieve food security and increased incomes through improved technologies, farming practices, and marketing.
Photo: Trade Hub Gender Advisor Magdeline Madibela with participants during a focus group discussion in Chipata