Investigating the Value Chain of African Indigenous Vegetables in Kenya from a Gender Perspective
Ruth Githiga, Emma Oketch
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dept. of Gender and Globalization, Germany
This paper aims at investigating the African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs) value chain in Kenya from a gender perspective. In East Africa women significantly contribute to horticultural production; they are particularly involved in cultivating, harvesting, selling and preparation of AIVs. There is a trend of accelerating commercialisation of vegetable production, which comes along with value chain innovation and modernisation. The global value chain scholarship emphasises the importance of value chain modernisation and upgrading for reducing poverty in rural areas. However, the overall effects of value chain modernisation have to be critically assessed from a gender perspective: On one hand women get increasingly integrated into commercialised vegetable production, but on the other hand – due to existing gender norms and power relations within the society – there is a risk of deepening gender gaps and inequalities throughout the value chain.
Keywords: African indigenous vegetables, commercialisation, gender asymmetries, gender order, gender perspective
Contact Address: Ruth Githiga, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dept. of Gender and Globalization, Berlin, Germany, e-mail: githigaruthgmail.com