Trading Stories

Experiences with Gender and Trade

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Through twenty regional and country case studies, Trading Stories pulls together the key links between trade, gender and economic development. Ten case studies focus on the gender impacts of trade policies, detailing differential consequences on men and women; and ten focus on linking women with global markets – including FairTrade, organic, niche and mainstream markets – through a range of best practices involving government, NGOs, people’s organisations and associations, private sector and international agencies.

The book draws on three recent Commonwealth Secretariat publications on gender and trade: Gender Mainstreaming in the Multilateral Trading System; Chains of Fortune: Linking Women Producers and Workers with Global Markets; and Gender and Trade Action Guide and is a useful addition to the growing body of evidence that will help governments to effectively mainstream gender in their trade policy.



Making Money from Honey: Linking Rural Ugandan Women with Export Markets

This chapter is based on research in Uganda undertaken by a team of researchers from the New School University, New York, during the summer of 2005 (Nadelman et al., 2005; Carr et al., 2007). At that time, the Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB) was about to implement a strategy that aimed to increase honey production from the 2004 level of 3,000 metric tons to 13,000 metric tons by 2008 and to simultaneously improve quality with a view to breaking into rapidly expanding export markets. The country has progressed since 2005, increasing production to 5,000 metric tons, but has fallen far short of its goal (Kasozi and Kato, 2009). Fully realising this goal, while only a small step towards achieving Uganda’s annual production potential of over 500,000 metric tons of honey, will still require attracting an additional 200,000 farmers into beekeeping. This target will be difficult to achieve without the full involvement of women.


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