West Africa Gender and Market Initiative: Case studies

The case studies represent different approaches to identifying gender-sensitive questions and capturing data :

  1. Using WFP traditional Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping (VAM) tools, and adapting them to capture gender-informed data and data on women’s empowerment in markets;
  2. Using WFP programme activities which have a market component and which aim to promote gender equity, to identify what information/data is needed; and
  3. Using dedicated studies to capture gender-informed data in challenging environments (i.e. emergencies, significant gender inequality).

The primary objective was to develop a set of practical examples of common gender and market information needs and constraints, and how best to respond to these.

The case studies were conducted along a set of common guidelines to respond to the key research questions developed by the RBD VAM Gender + Markets study:

  • What are the roles of women and men in food markets in West Africa?
  • What specific challenges do women face for economic inclusion in food markets?
  • What are the current gender gaps in WFP market-based responses and assessments?
  • What are the current gaps and challenges in gauging and tracking women’s empowerment in markets?
  • What are potential programmatic solutions to address the identified challenges and gaps?

Seven case studies were carried out in nine countries to address the key research questions, using mixed methods data. The case studies include: