Ethiopia: SNV

‘Gender and youth Empowerment in horticulture Markets’

SNV Ethiopia is implementing a three-year project (2016-2019) called ‘Gender and youth Empowerment in horticulture Markets’ which is funded by Comic Relief. SNV, Netherlands Development Organisation, has worked in Ethiopia since the 1970s and currently operates in SNNP, Oromia, Amhara and Tigray regional states, providing capacity strengthening in three sectors – Agriculture, WASH and Energy. Through its work in agriculture, SNV in Ethiopia supports the development of a number of value chains such as milk, honey, oil seeds and edible oil, pulses, livestock and horticulture.

The project is undertaken from a value chain development approach, with special focus on the synergy between all the stakeholders in the chain and improving access to sustainable markets for smallholder farmers. The overall goal of the project is to enhance women’s and youth’s social and economic empowerment through improved control over assets and benefits from horticulture activities on household level. This means that:
• women attain higher income from their horticultural activities;
• women attain higher production through increased and improved access to assets, inputs, business development services, credits and markets;
• youth enhance their participation and income in horticulture value chains through improved services for cooperative’s members;
• the unions and cooperatives are more gender balanced in their policies, organisation and capacity building services for their members;
• last but not least, the enabling environment is strengthened to promote women and youth participation in horticulture value chains.

The regions of implementation are Oromia Region (5 woredas: Zuway Dugda, Adama, Adami Tullu, Dugda, Bora) and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region – SNNPR (3 woredas: Mareko, Sodo, Meskan) in which the project intends to reach over 12,000 households. The project has two unions (Meki Batu in Oromia region and Timret in SNNPR) in horticulture, as partner.

Participatory Action Learning for Sustainability (PALS) methodology

A key element in the project is to develop and implement a community-led empowerment methodology, based on Participatory Action Learning for Sustainability (PALS) methodology for livelihoods and organisational planning. This incorporates elements of other PALS-based methodologies like Gender and Value Chain Action Learning (GEVCAL/GSVCA) piloted with ILO in Ethiopia and Kenya in 2005 and the more recent innovations for gender and youth empowerment in GALS/GALSatScale/Happy Family Happy Coffee Methodologies developed with Ecom Trading, Nestle/FLA, Hivos, Oxfam Novib and IFAD. These used the Toolkits listed in the righthand column on this page.

Resources produced for this Project




Catalyst Toolkit

Tool 1: Visioning: SNVPALS_1_Vision

Tool 2: Vision Journey: SNVPALS_2_VisionJourney

Tool 3: Happy Family Tree: SNVPALS_3_HappyFamilyTree

Tool 4: Increasing Incomes Challenge Action Tree: SNVPALS_4_CAT

Tool 5: Change Leadership Map: SNVPALS_5_ChangeLeadershipMap

Draft facilitation guide: SNV_PALS_Facilitation