December 15, 2023 FSD Network No Comments

Unlocking Women’s Potential in Uganda’s Tomato Value Chain

Unlocking Women’s Potential in Uganda’s Tomato Value Chain

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Agriculture accounts for around 25% of Uganda’s overall GDP and remains the primary source of income. According to World Bank data, women play an important role in Uganda’s rural agricultural business, contributing a higher proportion of crop labour than is typical for the region. They also account for more than half of Uganda’s agricultural labour force, with 76% of women working in agriculture compared to 62% of men. However, they are less productive than males because they have limited access to significant productive assets such as land, input, credit, and markets. In Uganda, 69% of women do not own land, and women control less than 20% of products; this has inevitably limited women’s participation to subsistence.

In order to better understand the root causes of women’s limited access to productive assets in the agricultural sector and to assess current economic opportunities in the tomato value chain, the FSD Network Gender Collaborative Programme, in collaboration with FSD Uganda, commissioned a rapid assessment into the tomato value chain across the Central district (Kampala, Mpigi, Mukono and Wakiso).

The research sought to identify the dominant roles that women play in the tomato value chain (as producers, labour workers, wholesalers, and middlemen); to investigate how women are clustered within the value chain (either as savings groups or cooperatives) and how this influences how they access and use financial services and products; and, most importantly, to identify key barriers that women face in the value chain and key opportunities for women to scale beyond subsistence to increased productivity.

Written by: Tolulope Babajide,

Gender Network Manager FSD Network