Towards Gender Transformation in Global Supply Chains

As IDH we believe women are key to drive growth and sustainability. However, the possibilities for women to engage in supply chains is currently limited.  To address this concern, IDH has developed the Gender Toolkit, consisting of practical case examples from IDH and similar projects in sectors that we work in, and of our IDH Gender Guide, where we explore opportunities to integrate gender aspects in different programming steps of projects and inventions.

Following these steps may positively influence your project or intervention and leverage greater impact. Our IDH Gender Toolkit aims to raise awareness, encourage, and inspire to integrate gender aspects into supply chain approaches. More examples can be found below, under our publications.


The importance of gender equality in market transformation

Gender equality, gender balance, inclusive business environments and improved working conditions are needed. They are an engine for economic growth as well as a value creator for businesses themselves. Though women contribute roughly 40-50% of all farm-related labour and activities in developing countries, they represent fewer than 20% of the world’s landholders, and often their access and control of resources, particularly income, is comparatively lower than that of men. This prevents them from being an active driver of economic growth and productivity in agricultural value chains.

IDH has seen throughout the years that gender equality is a catalyzer for economy growth. In the last  years we have been implementing gender interventions to tackle gender barriers for all individuals in their workplace. It includes initiatives to increase women’s access to resources, their position in leadership roles and women’s workplace safety around the globe and are seeing results in different industries.

Gender Transformative Business


IDH is proud to highlight the following developments:

  • Integrating a gender lens into financial inclusion programs

    As more companies seek to introduce financial inclusion programs for workers in their supply chains, there is a need to understand the role that local gender norms and dynamics have on the effectiveness of financial inclusion.

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    Integrating a gender lens into financial inclusion programs
  • IDH Gender Tool

    To further explore and understand gender dynamics in our work to improve the lives of smallholder farmers, we have worked with Dalberg Advisors to design this Gender Tool that can be used by our teams and service providers to conduct an in-house gender analysis at different touchpoints.

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    IDH Gender Tool
  • KPIs to track and evaluate gender-equality interventions

    To empower more organizations to invest in their workforce and ensure the equal treatment of women and men, a harmonized set of key performance indicators (KPIs) has been created to record and monitor the costs and outcomes of investing in policy change in the workplace.

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    KPIs to track and evaluate gender-equality interventions


Watch the following videos to learn more about our work towards gender equality and empowerment

  • Increased gender awareness

    In India, as part of a broader gender sensitization activity across IDH programs, 2,000 Field Facilitators have been trained on gender awareness in their work. Through their trainings, the Field Facilitators reach over 1 million cotton, spice and grape farmers across India. The learnings from the training also serve as input to further design gender-balanced interventions and trainings across India. Watch this video to learn more.

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    Increased gender awareness
  • Towards gender equity in Tanzanian coffee farming household

    In Tanzania, IDH and partners are providing trainings in agronomy and access to finance for women in coffee farming households. This short film provides an example of women that are empowered to become equal business partners, making coffee a family business.

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    Towards gender equity in Tanzanian coffee farming household
  • More gender-balanced workplaces

    In Kenya and Ethiopia, the tea and flowers programs work towards safer and more gender-equal workplaces. Hear from our partners why they find it important to work towards a gender-balanced workplace.

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    More gender-balanced workplaces

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