Towards gender transformative interventions in the Muhogo Bora cassava seed system project in Tanzania

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Achieving the gender equality commitment in agrifood systems would require deliberate and bold actions to accelerate progress, especially by investing significantly beyond the gender statistics towards building more inclusive transformative interventions to realize the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.

Such ambitions are being seized through the Muhogo Bora (MB) project, a gender-responsive cassava seed system in Tanzania with targeted outreach in the Western Zone aimed at ensuring that women, youth, and marginalized rural farmers from geographically underserved regions participate and benefit as cassava seed entrepreneurs (CSEs).

To achieve this goal, the MB project gender team conducted a co-creation study in March 2023: Exploratory participatory action research (PAR) on the gender-based constraints and opportunities for women’s and youth participation and benefit as CSEs in Tanzania. The team later organized validation workshops on the 15 and 18 May 2023 in Kasulu Town Council (TC) and Urambo District Council (DC) in Kigoma and Tabora regions of the Western Zone of Tanzania to share the emergent study findings for feedback provision and validation of the proposed potential gender transformative interventions by a diverse group of stakeholders.

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