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Gender in Agribusiness Supply Chains in Uzbekistan and Turkey
Gender in Agribusiness Supply Chains in Uzbekistan and Turkey

EBRD contracted A2F Consulting to conduct a gender assessment to inform future EBRD agribusiness investments and the Bank’s potential policy engagement and support for reforms in the public sector in Uzbekistan and Turkey. In this context, a baseline assessment was conducted with the intention of helping to better understand existing gaps between men and women in the agribusiness sector, focusing on legal, regulatory, financial, economic and social barriers for women, as well as the existing gaps in providing assistance in these areas. Two value chains were selected for the baseline study in each country: horticulture and dairy in Uzbekistan and hazelnut and dairy in Turkey. Information and data were collected through a review of available documents, surveys of agribusinesses and focus group discussions (FGDs) with women-led agribusinesses, and stakeholder interviews. This report presents the synthesis of findings from the: (i) baseline assessment in Uzbekistan and Turkey, (ii) the business case for integrating gender into agribusiness supply chains, (iii) opportunities for EBRD’s intervention, i.e. recommendations on how EBRD could help reduce these gaps in line with its operating business model, and (iv) policy roadmaps for top three policy issues in the two countries.