Feminist & Fair: The Future of Agricultural Supply Chains

Feminist & Fair: The Future of Agricultural Supply Chains (F&F) started as an ideas competition for consortia with private sector involvement and has now become an established part of the Global Project. The goal is to implement transformative and intersectional activities and projects in order to contribute to making global agricultural supply chains fair, inclusive, and sustainable.

F&F brings together a variety of stakeholders involved in or along selected agricultural supply chains and promotes their projects in partner countries of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). All projects target marginalized groups and follow an intersectional approach that addresses the needs of these. Therefore, it is central to the F&F project design that local civil society organizations are involved in shaping the projects and significantly influence their outcomes. Overall, the projects contribute to reducing existing system and normative inequities within global agricultural supply chains and align with the 3R of Feminist Development Policy: Resources, Rights, and Representation. At the same time, sustainable agricultural supply chains are prioritized.  

At its core, Feminist & Fair promotes inclusion and social justice in agricultural supply chains using an intersectional approach.

In 2022, consortia had the opportunity to apply for funding through a Call for Proposals. Currently, the following projects are being implemented:

Feminist & Fair: The Future of Agricultural Supply Chains is implemented on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) by the GIZ Global Programme "Sustainability and Value Added in Agricultural Supply Chains”. The programme is scheduled to run until 2028.

In case of questions, please contact: hendrike.braun-issa(at)giz.de

Background: Feminist Development Policy and Intersectionality

Marginalized groups worldwide, especially women, suffer from structural inequalities and discrimination. Although women significantly contribute to food production, they make up 0 percent of the 1.3 billion people living in poverty. Social norms restrict access to land, markets, and decision-making power, further perpetuating systemic and normative inequities within agricultural supply chains. For instance, women own less than 10 percent of land, in more than 100 countries they remain barred from certain professions, and only 26 women are heads of government.

In its coalition agreement, the German government committed itself to the implementation of a Feminist Development Policy  (Feminist development policy | BMZ). The policy focuses on balanced power relations and (gender) equity. Feminist development Policy addresses structural inequalities by addressing the causes of injustices and focusing on equal rights, fair distribution of resources, and equal representation of marginalized groups across the globe (3R).

Rights:

Feminist Development Policy ensures that women and other marginalized groups can  fully exercise their rights, for example the right to live free from violence as well as sexual and reproductive rights. It helps dismantle the barriers and discrimination that hinder these groups from realizing their rights.

Representation:

Feminist Development Policy addresses the structural causes of inequality and disproportionate power relations to improve the representation of women and marginalized groups in decision-making processes and raise awareness of gender-specific issues. This includes direct engagement with women and representatives of marginalized groups.  

Resources:

Feminist Development Policy ensures equal access to resources for women, girls, and other marginalized groups through targeted measures.

Feminist Development Policy also adopts an intersectional approach. Intersectionality is a concept that relates to the interconnectedness of various social identities such as gender, class, and sexual orientation to uncover the complexity of structural discrimination. It recognized that these identities cannot be viewed in isolation but are interwoven and can influence and reinforce one another. Thus, feminist development policy does not just target women and girls, but rather all marginalized groups.