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 implemented by Tanager, Laterite, and 60 Decibels to strengthen African institutions’ ability to integrate nutrition and gender into their way of doing business and their agriculture interventions.

The IGNITE project partners with organizations at two levels. First, Tanager (along with our partners) supports designing, implementing, and evaluating agriculture interventions that increase nutrition outcomes and women’s empowerment. Secondly, we work to 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 and its partners Laterite and 60 Decibels identify appropriate partners and develop tailored intervention support and systems-strengthening plans, and will provide implementation and follow-up assistance as needed. Tanager also employs 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 collaborates 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

IGNITE Tools

IGNITE has developed a series of tools to help organizations better integrate gender sensitive agriculture and nutrition approaches into their work. Click the links below to learn more and download the tools!

Additional Resources

Below you will find other resources – that don’t strictly qualify as tools – to help organizations implement gender and nutrition sensitive agriculture programs.