This briefing paper contains a set of recommended policies and innovations that ASEAN and its member states may consider to empower women and men small-scale producers in agricultural value chains.
It aims to:
- look at the imperatives for an enabling policy environment and ecosystem to support and incentivise agricultural value chain practitioners to engage women and men small-scale producers in ways that would empower them and transform their lives, livelihoods, and communities
- review the gaps of current ASEAN policies related to small-scale producers and cooperatives, recovery from COVID-19, women’s economic empowerment, and the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals in the food, agriculture, and forestry sectors
- present recommendations on a set of Guidelines for Transformational Partnerships and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agricultural Value Chains for the consideration of ASEAN and its member states.
The paper is from the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia (ISEA) as part of a regional initiative on Gender Transformative and Responsible Agribusiness Investments in South East Asia (GRAISEA) that is being supported by Oxfam and the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok.