Improving Opportunities for Women in Smallholder-based Supply Chains Business case and practical guidance for international food companies

Recent research commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shows that by increasing women’s participation in smallholder sourcing and support programs, many international food companies can improve crop productivity and quality, grow the smallholder supply base, and improve access to high-value markets. The guide Improving Opportunities for Women in Smallholder-based Supply Chains: Business case and practical guidance for international food companies presents the results of this research in a practical format. It sets out the business case arguments and evidence for increasing women’s participation, and provides practical guidance and case studies about what companies can do to realize these benefits. This summary distills the key business case arguments and recommendations for action, and points the reader to relevant sections of the full guide for further guidance.

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Man-Kwun Chan, Stephanie Barrientos

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