Women's Economic Empowerment in Agriculture Knowledge Hub

Women's Economic Empowerment in Agriculture Knowledge Hub

Building Resilience and Inclusive Markets Learning Journey: Asia-Global CoP on WEL/GEM workshop

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Building Resilience and Inclusive Markets Learning Journey: Asia-Global CoP on WEL/GEM workshop

Time: November 11, 2013 to November 16, 2013
Location: Davao, Philippines
Event Type: learning, event
Organized By: Jocelyn Villanueva
Latest Activity: Oct 22, 2013

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Event Description

Building Resilience and Inclusive Markets Learning Journey: Exploring Practical approaches to identifying & reducing risks, improving resilience of women and small-scale producers and improving market

This workshop is a collaborative event of OXFAM’s CoP on WEL (Asia’s Community of Practice on Women’s Economic Leadership) the GEM (Gendered Enterprise and Markets) programme, Sustainable Food Lab (SFL) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

The CoP on WEL is an annual action- learning event of livelihood practitioners in the Asia region on a specific theme linked to promoting women economic leadership in sustainable livelihoods. The GEM programme hosts an annual learning journey each year around a theme related to market-based livelihoods.

The main goal of this Learning Journey is to increase the capacity of development/livelihood practitioners on the effective and practical approaches of building the resilience of small-scale producers in the face of climate variability, climate change, environmental degradation and other socio-economic pressures, and sustainably linking them into markets. As such, the objectives of this Learning Journey  are:


  1. To deepen the knowledge and improve the design and implementation of innovations and programme on resilience-building in agricultural markets, particularly focusing on women economic leadership.
  2. To gain exposure to, test and further develop tools and mechanisms that help incorporate resilience into market-based livelihood programmes such as the GEM toolkit focusing on Adaptation and Risk Reduction.
  3. To promote learning, collaboration and linkages across the region and globally.


The learning will focus on the key question, ‘How to improve programme design and implementation of market-based livelihoods that mitigate risks, build the resilience of women and small-scale producers and inclusion in sustainable markets?’ Within this, a number of additional sub-questions will drive the design of the pre-workshop learning activities and workshop itself;


  • What are the different shocks, stresses and other risks that affect smallholder farmers, especially women? How are vulnerable groups (women, elderly, ethnic minorities, ...) impacted differently by climatic and non-climatic hazards? What are the strategies for integrating climate change adaptation and risk reduction into all aspects of the value chain with the goal of increasing the resilience of small-scale producers?
  • What are the strategies for promoting women economic leadership within market chains and enterprise-based work?
  • What are the effective models of linking small-scale producers to modern markets – including public-private partnerships and inclusive business models?
  • What are strategies for inclusion at scale – how do we move beyond successful individual projects to larger scale change?

Preparatory reading for participants:

Interested in knowing the difference between vulnerability and risk assessments (VRA), and the Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Assessment? Read Daniel Morchain's blog.

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