Women smallholders in Mozambique have been in the frontline of a push to regenerate the county's cashew nut production. In Ghana, the Kuapa Kokoo cocoa cooperative, of whom 30% are women, now has a membership of 45,000 farmers in 890 villages, producing and selling an annual 40,000 t of cocoa, including some to the fair trade market.

In Samoa, the local NGO Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI) has introduced an improved production technology to 13 cooperatives to enable them to produce organic virgin coconut oil for export markets. These three case studies highlight the links between gender, trade and development, the theme of this useful new training guide.

Developed from a series of regional workshops, this handbook, with accompanying CD-ROM, provides practical tools on how to take advantage of the opportunities trade can offer for development and gender equality. It can be used either by trainers or for self-study. As well as case studies, it includes activities, training suggestions and recommended readings.

Gender and Trade Action Guide: A Training Resource + CD-ROM

By C Atthill, M Carr, S G Thakur & M Williams
Commonwealth Secretariat 2007. 108 pp.
ISBN 978-0-85092-862-4
GBP15 - €21.50

The Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House, Pall Mall
London SW1Y 5HX
Fax: +44 20 7930 0827

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