Sustainable Food Value Chains Knowledge Platform

Developing gender-sensitive value chains


The development of sustainable food systems is a key component of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This course discussed why eliminating gender inequalities is pivotal to achieving the necessary transformations. 

It proposes FAO’s gender-sensitive value chain framework as an approach for the analysis of value chains, and for guiding interventions to address gender-based constraints.



This e-learning course primarily targets development practitioners and policy makers working on the development of sustainable food systems.

The course also benefits those interested in learning more about how to address gender dimensions in value chain interventions in the agricultural sector, including academics and researchers, extension agents and gender specialists.


You will learn about

Why it is important to address gender equality as part of sustainable food systems development 

The FAO gender-sensitive value chain framework and its key characteristics 

How to conduct a gender-sensitive analysis of agrifood value chains 

Approaches and actions to address gender-based constraints and provide women and men with equal opportunities along the value chain 


Course structure

The course consists of  3 lessons of approximately  30  minutes duration each: 

Lesson 1  –  Why is gender relevant to sustainable value chains? 

Lesson 2  –  Conducting a gender-sensitive value chain analysis 

Lesson 3 – Addressing gender-based constraints

Countries: Non-country specific
Commodities: Non-Commodity specific
Topics: Gender equity, Analysis in general, Design and implementation in general
Authoring organization: FAO
Publisher: FAO
Category: E-learning materials
Level Suitability: Intermediate, Introductory
Duration: 1:30
References: EN
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