WHERE : Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania

Significant resources have been invested to improve agriculture productivity in Africa. However, this has not resulted in better nutrition for farming households or greater empowerment for all members of the family. Synergies are not being leveraged between agriculture, gender, and nutrition in a way that recognizes that women are key drivers of economic growth, and their empowerment is central to moving households along the agriculture-to-nutrition pathway.

Market Opportunity

The Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) mechanism is a five-year investment funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by Tanager to strengthen African institutions’ ability to integrate nutrition and gender into their way of doing business and their agriculture interventions.

The IGNITE project will partner with organizations at two levels. First, Tanager will support designing, implementing, and evaluating agriculture interventions that increase nutrition outcomes and women’s empowerment. Secondly, we will improve the ability of African institutions to incorporate nutrition and gender equality into their policy priorities and business practices—their way of doing business—going forward.

Tanager will identify appropriate partners and develop tailored intervention support and systems-strengthening plans, and will provide implementation and follow-up assistance as needed. Tanager will also use the results from the work with IGNITE partners to identify effective and efficient agriculture models that increase both equitable consumption of safe, affordable, nutritious diets year-round and women’s empowerment in agriculture. Tanager will collaborate with a network of Africa-based local service providers to support nutrition and gender integration for agriculture interventions and institutions using the learnings, models, and tools developed under IGNITE.

Market Impact

  • African institutions in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania design, implement, and evaluate nutrition-sensitive and gender-integrated agriculture interventions
  • African institutions address nutrition and gender equality in key operations and business practices
  • Effective and efficient models identified for increasing equitable consumption of safe, affordable, nutritious diets year-round and increased women’s empowerment in agriculture
  • Network of local service providers help agriculture investments achieve nutrition impact and gender equality