The aim of this study is to provide grassroots understanding of the market conditions faced by women farmers and traders in two culturally similar yet administratively different areas: the Kano-Katsina region in northern Nigeria and the Maradi region in southern Niger. The comparative analysis dispersed throughout this report provides an overall picture of context specific gender barriers that limit women’s participation in the sub-regional agricultural and livestock economy and in agricultural markets and value chains along the economic corridor that connects Kano, Katsina and Maradi. This study contributes to a better understanding and assessment of the links between gender and the functioning of markets and value chains under relatively stable (non-emergency; non-crisis) conditions. Such an understanding can support the World Food Programme (WFP), whose recent studies examine the gender dynamics of food markets and value chains with an aim of understanding the different roles of men and women and their impact on gender equality.
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