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Gender Equality, Youth And Social Inclusion (GEYSI)

Gender Equality, Youth and Social Inclusion (GEYSI)

BACKGROUND

While some agricultural developments focus on women or youth initiatives at the production and household levels, they struggle to transform market systems that facilitate and sustain empowerment pathways at scale. Breaking the cycle of inequality and exploitation of women and youth in Uganda’s agricultural economies is complex, challenging, and time-consuming. Additionally, Uganda’s regions differ in needs and access to goods and services delivered through agricultural market systems. Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (FtF IAM) Activity, supports private sector business models that economically empower women, youth, and People with Disabilities (PWD). To create sustainable investments in inclusive models, the Activity offers opportunities to advance into roles and market functions with greater income-earning potential and promotes women and youth in leadership while generating sustainable returns to such businesses. FtF IAM also supports inclusive business models that improve market access for refugees, host communities, and smallholder farmers in Karamoja.

OBJECTIVES

  1. To create sustainable investments in agricultural inclusive models.
  2. Raise awareness on where to access seed, the size of packets and seeds available, and credit with low-interest rates.
  3. Improve market system resilience for marginalized communities enabling actors to withstand market and climate shocks and strengthen access to services and technologies that enable climate change-adaption in areas like Karamoja.

 

APPROACH

FtF IAM has committed that all MDF partnerships will contribute to advancing more inclusive business models and make the business case for women, youth, and members of marginalized communities as employees, business partners, and consumers, within the supply, and distribution, or value chains. The Activity applies a GESYI framework and scorecard and a facilitated dialogue process to the design of all partnerships, identifying key resources needed to ensure that the intervention targets women, youth, and marginalized communities in Karamoja and refugee host communities. The Activity will complete its social norms diagnostic study at the end of Year 2, which will also inform strategic interventions, such as behavior change communications that address rules and norms that may not be impacted by private business models alone.

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