Ann Steensland leads the GAP Report Initiative for CALS Global at the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In this role, she serves as the lead author of the Global Agricultural Productivity Report, or GAP Report, an annual analysis of global progress toward productive sustainable food and agricultural systems. Her research areas include sustainable approaches for increasing the productivity of small-scale agriculture, improving livelihoods for small-scale farmers, and connecting small-scale and emerging farmers to markets. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Ms. Steensland was the Deputy Director of the Global Harvest Initiative and the Chief of Staff of the Alliance to End Hunger. Ms. Steensland has a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in African History. She was awarded the Lawrence Levine Prize for her M.A. thesis exploring racial, political, and environmental aspects of the commercialization of agriculture in South Africa.
Improving gender and nutrition outcomes of women poultry farmers
June 28, 2021
A program implemented by Tanager, an international development organization, is transforming the poultry sector in Burkina Faso.
By GAP Report team
In Burkina Faso, women have historically been left out of the growing poultry market. Those women that do raise poultry often do not see the economic benefits of their work, and many do not even have control over the money they earn for their families.
SELEVER II, a program implemented by Tanager, an international development organization, leverages and transforms the poultry sector in Burkina Faso to increase the quality, efficiency, and reach of inclusive poultry services, improve women’s economic and social outcomes within the supply chain, and increase consumption of safe and nutritious foods.
SELEVER II recognizes that productivity-enhancing technologies and practices alone are insufficient to ensure resilience in agricultural systems. Social capital, a network of strong relationships among people who live and work in a community or society, is critical for success. Ensuring that women, historically marginalized in agriculture, develop a community support system maximizes their potential for increased productivity, sustainability, and resilience.
To learn more about Tanager, watch more videos from the organization here.
This video is a clip from Agricultural Productivity in a Time of Pandemics: Stories from the Front Lines. To see the full film, visit: https://globalagriculturalproductivity.org/2020-gap-report/productivity-in-a-time-of-pandemics-stories-from-the-front-lines/