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In Ethiopia’s Amhara region, women play an important role in the agricultural sector and in post-harvest management. Women are directly engaged during crop yield collection, grading and selecting quality crops, storage preparation, pest protection, and product restocking. Women also bear sole responsibility for processing crops for family consumption, which is both time and labor intensive.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading rapidly in many countries around the world, it is time to learn from past mistakes. Under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Gender Integration Technical Assistance (GITA) II task order, Banyan Global is carrying out COVID-specific gender analyses with USAID missions and implementing partners to mitigate the gender-specific impacts of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Digital Solutions to Development: Using WhatsApp to Train Women Health Business Owners during the COVID-19 Lockdown
In February 2020, Banyan Global conducted a gender analysis focused on the constraints affecting women owners and managers of health businesses in Tanzania as part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector Plus (SHOPS Plus) project. As a subcontractor to Abt Associates, Banyan Global’s role on SHOPS Plus is to support the financial success of private health businesses; the findings from the gender analysis were used to inform a training that would address major constraints affecting women-owned health businesses.
Globally, just 55 percent of women (ages 15-64) are engaged in the labor force, compared to 78 percent of men. On average, women earn approximately 80 percent of what men earn. However, women represent 85 percent of all consumer purchases worldwide, controlling $20 trillion in global spending. These statistics point to a clear disparity between women’s participation in and contribution to the global economy. To move the needle on women’s economic empowerment, Banyan Global is implementing the Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality Technical Assistance (WE3 TA) project, a task order under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality (ADVANTAGE) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.
Banyan Global is taking a three-pronged approach to the COVID-19 crisis that focuses on responding in the short-term; planning for long-term recovery; and building resilience for sustainability. Recognizing that COVID-19 is not just a health crisis but is disrupting every aspect of life, from education to livelihoods and from agricultural production to supply-chain and trade bottlenecks, Banyan Global is working synergistically across its practice areas to take a multisectoral approach. Additionally, Banyan Global’s response, recovery, and resilience-building efforts are gendered, socially inclusive, and targeted to the needs of the marginalized, who have been hit hardest by this crisis.
In Ethiopia, women farmers achieve agricultural yields that are up to 35 percent lower than that of their male counterparts. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity (FTFE VCA) addresses barriers to success for women farmers through a peer mentorship program. Banyan Global, as a subcontractor to Fintrac, leads the program’s implementation.