The training covered basic concepts of gender looking at the differences between gender and sex and the various cultural, religious and socio-economic factors that determine gender roles and responsibilities, as well as the gender division of labor in agricultural production and how to use gender to improve groundnut production.
It also included exercises to apply gender analysis to the value chain at the farmer level. In Malawi, the training which was held in conjunction with the Trade Hub's training on aflatoxin removal from groundnuts for processing.
The training sessions were extremely lively, characterized by high levels of participation and engagement. A number of the participants confirmed that the gender awareness training was an eye-opener and very relevant to their activities.
In some cases, the discussions during the training sparked a reflection on personal circumstances among some of the participants. In addition to the above training, as part of the Trade Hub’s drive to integrate gender throughout the Trade Hub activities, the Trade Hub held a gender integration training for all Trade Hub personnel in Gaborone, Botswana in October 2014.
The training program is part of the Trade Hub’s drive to integrate gender in the Trade Hub's processes, practices and partnership activities.