Ethiopia SNV

‘Gender and Youth Empowerment in Horticulture Markets’

‘Gender and Youth Empowerment in Horticulture Markets’ (GYEM) is  a three-year project (2016-2019) implemented by SNV Ethiopia and funded by Comic Relief. 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 social and economic empowerment of women and youth through improved control over assets and benefits from horticulture activities on household level in order 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
  • the enabling environment is strengthened to promote women and youth participation in horticulture value chains.

For further information about GYEM see: Project Overview

As part of this project Participatory Action Learning System (PALS) was adapted with women and men champions and staff in a series of catalyst and livelihood strengthening workshops between November 2016 and December 2017 for:

  • Timret Cooperative Union, SNNPR (Meskan Woreda)
  • Meki Batu Cooperative Union, Oromia (Dugda Woreda).

For updates on PALS in GYEM see the SNV PALS Ethiopia blog:

Resources produced for this Project

Overview Guides

PALS in GYEM Overview
Fun with a Serious Purpose: Facilitation Guide

Catalyst Toolkit

Champions from Timret November 2016 show their favourite catalyst tool.

Tool 1 Soulmate Visioning
Tool 2 Vision Journey
Tool 3 Change Leadership Map
Tool 4 Happy Family Tree

Livelihood Strengthening

Champions from Meki Batu show their Livelihood Management Calendars.

Tool 5 Challenge Action Tree
Tool 6 Livelihood Management Calendar

Project Reports on SNV PALS blog

Timret Livelihood and PALS Up-scaling Workshop Reports [December, 2017]:

180322_Report Timret_FINAL

PALS Team Meeting Minutes and Discussion Notes_11122017

Meki Batu Livelihood and PALS Up-scaling Workshop Reports [December, 2017]:

180322_Report Meki Batu_FINAL

Timret Livelihood and Financial Action Learning for Sustainability (FALS) Workshop Reports [March, 2017]:

Livelihoods and FALS Workshop_Butajira-Final Report_05032017

Meki Batu Livelihood and Financial Action Learning for Sustainability (FALS) Workshop Reports [March, 2017]:

Leadership and FALS Workshop_Ziway MB_Final_May 2017

Meki Batu PALS Catalyst Workshop [February, 2017]

PALS Catalyst Process Workshop_ Ziway Feb (20-24) 2017_Final Report

Timret PALS Catalyst Workshop [November, 2016]

1611_Catalyst and Livelihood workshop_Butajira

Other Reports:

1705_Champion Field Visit Report_Final-compressed

Further resources:

Further photographs from the Ethiopia process can be found on:

Videos and songs on the tools from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya on galsastscale website:

FALS Toolkit from Philippines with animated versions of the FALS tools – particularly Happy Family Tree – for mobile phone download. This makes the steps easier to see and share.

Rocky Road to Diamond Dreams manual with more on gender challenge action trees (see Toolkits link on the right).

Growing the Diamond Forest Manual with more on livelihood and value chain tools (see Toolkits link on the right)

Happy Family Happy Coffee Toolkits for Kenya/Tanzania and Indonesia (see Toolkits link on the right)