Differences in the needs and preferences of women, men, and youth, as well as the root factors that contribute to inequalities must be addressed if women and youth are to access equitable opportunities to participate in agriculture, influence decisions to increase returns on investment, and benefit from their labor. To that end, between 2018 and 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Strengthening Value Chains (SVC) Activity implemented the gender-transformative Gender Action Learning System (GALS) methodology as a pathway to achieving its goals and objectives. This participatory approach aims to transform gender roles and relations to reduce inequalities between men, women, and youth in the household, producer organizations, and the broader community to increase household income and well-being.

SVC’s gender, youth, and social-inclusion integration approach ensures activities respond to the different needs and constraints of women, men, youth, and socially excluded groups, empowering them to make strategic decisions as market-oriented actors in bean, soybeans, and coffee value chains. In February 2020, SVC’s Gender, Youth, and Social Inclusion (GYSI) team led an assessment of the GALS intervention to understand its impact and support the adaptation of SVC’s GYSI approach in 2020 and beyond. Download the brief to see the study’s key findings.

Banyan Global
November 25, 2020
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