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Gender and Markets in West Africa – Secondary Data Review

2016 — By World Food Programme Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Unit

The secondary information and data review presented here covers all gender and markets assessments conducted by WFP in West Africa, and market assessments conducted by key partners in the region over the past 5 years. The quality of the compiled assessments is reviewed to identify data and information gaps and target areas for improvement. Information needs of WFP programmes and modalities applying market-based approaches (including local purchase1 and cash-based transfers (CBT)2, are also surveyed to assess linkages between these activities and market and gender assessments. A review of secondary databases containing gender-related information on West Africa countries is included to determine what identified information needs can already be responded to by drawing from secondary sources, and which additional information must be collected. Finally, a literature review of conducted research and developed analytical tools is included to inform how best WFP can adapt its approach to fill information gaps in terms of gender and empowerment in West African food markets. The review concludes with a set of recommendations for strengthening gender analysis in market assessments based on the findings presented herein.

Also available in French.