Pathways for Addressing Gender-Based Constraints for Effective Participation in Profitable Crop Value Chains in Tanzania

  • Tatu Said Mnimbo
  • Joyce Lyimo-Macha
  • Justin Kalisti Urassa
  • Khalmadin D. Mutabazi
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Gender-based constraints in crop value chains are important considerations for equitable and sustainable participation of men, women and the youth. Women and youth make vital contributions to the agricultural sector despite the many gender-based constraints (GBCs) they face in accessing resources. The study on which the chapter is based aimed at analysing constraints that men, women and youth face, which hinder their participation in the profitable crop value chains (CVCs). Specifically, it analysed intra-household decision-making, assets associated with gender-based constraints and socio-economic factors influencing participation in profitable CVC and determined the pathways for addressing GBC. The study adopted a cross-sectional design whereby data was collected from 594, i.e. 295 and 299, from Chamwino and Kilosa Districts, respectively. Study results show that women use more time in performing agricultural activities such as planting, harvesting and post-harvesting activities, except for post-harvesting in Chamwino. Results further show that lack of wage labour, gender norms and household responsibilities negatively and significantly (p ≤ 0.05) influence one’s participation in the CVC. Generally, an increase in income was associated with participation in the profitable nodes of the value chain. The chapter concludes that the current gender inequalities and stereo types perpetuate an ‘exploitative status quo’ which is depriving women and youth of opportunities to properly engage in the more profitable nodes of the CVC. To address the above, the study recommends the adoption of gender-transformative strategies.


Gender Gender-based constraints Crop value chain Participation Pathways 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tatu Said Mnimbo
    • 1
  • Joyce Lyimo-Macha
    • 2
  • Justin Kalisti Urassa
    • 3
  • Khalmadin D. Mutabazi
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Development StudiesCollege of Social Sciences and Humanities, Sokoine University of AgricultureMorogoroTanzania
  2. 2.Institute of Continuing Education, Sokoine University of AgricultureMorogoroTanzania
  3. 3.Department of Policy, Planning and ManagementSokoine University of AgricultureMorogoroTanzania
  4. 4.Department of Food and Resource EconomicsSchool of Agricultural Economics and Business Studies, Sokoine University of AgricultureMorogoroTanzania

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