RTC was commissioned by the World Bank in conducting a Value Chain Assessment. This assessment will assist in identifying constrains and opportunities for women to participate in the value chain, to analyse the differences in power (position) in the value chain governance, and to discover opportunities for women to upgrade their position.
This value chain assessment will support a two year project (running from January 2016 – April 2018) with the overarching goal of improving women entrepreneurs’ market access and competitiveness through examining and addressing the constrains of the participation of women in Kosovo. The objective of the project is to contribute to a measurable increase in the participation of women in value chains and increased economic benefits for them through the assistance of the Women Business Associations.
The further and most crucial objective is to make women visible in a value chain. The focus is on a global gender-sensitive picture of the value chain, the actors involved, their linkages and the percentages of men and women in each chain segment.
RTC has been working on:
• Production of one report by identifying and comparing three high-potential agri value chains based on growth potential and gender advancement criteria. A participatory process was put in place to ensure that the choice was made to balance the needs and interests of a variety of stakeholders including farmers, men and women
• Data gathering based on secondary sources in combination with interviews and discussions with various stakeholders including government, NGOs, donors, private sector, as well as women and men producers to gather data on market demand, agronomy and environment, as well as identify key actors for various agricultural products in the specific geographical area. RTC is giving specific attention to characteristics of the market structure for these products and for the potential of smallholders and women’s participation
• Production of a second report providing detailed analysis and specific recommendations for gender in value chain. This includes data collection for value chain analysis at macro, meso and micro level, gender-sensitive value chain mapping, as well as gender-based constrains and opportunities