Gender equality and the development of sustainable value chains are interdependent goals. Women are disproportionately affected by climate change, as they tend to have less access to key technologies and information, thus making them prone to be affected by natural disasters. Giving women equal access to productive resources such as irrigation or training on drought mitigation techniques would increase the climate resilience of agricultural value chains and result in major production gains. According to the FAO women’s yields could grow by 20-30%.
Integrating gender considerations into the development of agricultural value chains is not only necessary from a human rights perspective, it also helps businesses to forge more climate resilient and sustainable supply chains.
In October, amfori hosted an Unleash Opportunity webinar specifically addressing climate risk, climate resilience, and women in the agricultural sector.
Moderated by Stephanie Luong, amfori Vice President of Public Affairs, the webinar examined the following topics:
- gender, value chains and sustainability with Shahamin Zaman, Executive Director of the CSR Centre in Bangladesh
- the business case for empowering women through Climate-Resilient Supply Chains with Katie Abbott an Associate at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
- a practical case CSR study: Basmati farmers in Pakistan with Kristina Bjurling, Sustainability Manager at Axfood.
Watch the recording: