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The Rough Road to Gender Equitable Growth: The case of Café de Mujer Guatemala

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Women worldwide are contributing significantly to global economic growth but do not always receive the benefits needed to improve their own and their family's livelihoods. Women's contributions are often invisible, unrecognized and undervalued. This is especially apparent in global value chains, where harsh labour conditions in export-oriented sectors such as horticulture and the garment industry are well-documented in the literature. However, we still know very little about the agricultural sector, particularly smallholder agriculture and the contribution and position of women. Noortje Verhart and Rhiannon Pyburn use a value chain approach to look at opportunities to improve women's positions in global trade relations. Noortje Verhart and Rhiannon Pyburn illustrate that trade and trade relations are not gender neutral: they influence men's and women's opportunities to improve their position in a value chain quite differently. They demonstrate how a particular intervention in a global coffee chain is enabling the revaluation of women's contribution to coffee production.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2010


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