Gendered Value Chain Analysis

Gendered Value Chain Analysis by Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania

In 2015, joint research efforts of UNU-GEST, UNU-FTP and the Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D institute (MATÍS) materialized in the research project “Gendered Value Chain Analysis of Small-scale Fisheries and Fish Processing by Lake Tanganyika”. The research project continued its second phase of fieldwork in October and November, 2016, exploring the gendered dimensions of the small-scale fisheries sector in Kigoma on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Western Tanzania using the research methodology of gender-responsive value chain analysis.

Research results were presented at the Nordic Africa Days in September 2016 at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala and at the 2016 Annual Social Science Research Conference at the University of Iceland. The second phase of the field research took place in October and November of 2016 focusing on the gendered and socio-economic effects of the introduction of a new and improved fish smoking kiln into the value chain. The research is led by Dr. Pétur Waldorff, senior researcher at UNU-GEST.

The research uses an applied gender focused socio-economic research methodology which is under development at UNU-GEST. It maps the value chain, socio-economic processes, and gendered power dynamics, focusing on people’s livelihoods. It has proven to be a time efficient, reliable and focused research method, specifically valuable for development actors who can use the data generated to make informed decisions and measure and evaluate the effects of their development interventions by comparing their development outcomes to the gendered value chain analysis baseline data. An academic paper is under way focusing on this methodology as an applied development oriented research method, its flexibility and diverse potentials.

 The research is led by Dr. Pétur Waldorff, senior researcher at UNU-GEST and the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI)

 Research assistant in the field: Upendo Hamidu, from the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

 Partners: UNU-FTP and MATÍS