Advancing women's participation in livestock vaccine value chains in Nepal, Senegal and Uganda
Small ruminants and poultry provide key benefits to women in many developing countries. Unfortunately, in many livestock value chains (all production activities up to the sale of the final product), women have less access than men to vaccines and they have limited ability to influence household decision-making about vaccination and animal health. New gender-transformative approaches are needed to deal with this issue, to move the debate beyond the traditional men/women dichotomy, and to determine new ways to improve women’s ability to participate in, and benefit from, these value chains.
This project will examine gendered roles and relations in selected vaccine distribution chains for diseases that affect livestock species belonging to or primarily managed by women. The diseases of focus are Peste des Petits Ruminants (which affects small ruminants such as goats) and Newcastle disease and avian influenza (which affect poultry). All three diseases are endemic to Africa, are highly contagious, and have high mortality rates.
The research team will address the interconnected factors affecting women’s involvement in the vaccine distribution chain; provide capacity development using a gendered intersectional transformative approach; and develop a gender and intersectional mapping tool for small ruminant and poultry vaccine distribution chains. A multi-country analysis will assess the impacts and barriers of gender and intersectionality on women’s entry into the vaccine distribution chain, their effective participation in the chain, and their benefits from it.
This project is supported by the Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund (LVIF), a partnership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Affairs Canada, and IDRC. LVIF represents a joint investment of CA$57 million over five years to support the development, production, and commercialization of innovative vaccines against priority livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.