This knowledge platform aims to be a resource and a virtual place for exchange of experiences and knowledge development on the subject of Gender in Value Chains. It is open to professionals worldwide interested to increase the gender sensitivity of working on economic development within the perspective of sustainable rural development, particularly in a value chain approach. Today our community comprises of over 800 professionals worldwide from donor agencies and knowledge institutes to NGOs and companies.
By regular exchange and working together, our community has developed exciting knowledge products for value chain practitioners, like the Toolkit on Gender in Value Chains, the Toolkit on Coffee as a Family Business and the book Challenging Chains to Change. Do you want to learn about gender sensitive value chain development online? You can also check out the e-modules of our online training.
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Equality of economic opportunity between women and men drives productivity, profitability, and performance. This executive brief of IFC provides examples and figures showing how managing talent of people (men and women) in a companyâs workforce and in its supply chain pays back, and how women form an interesting potential market.
How in Indonesia farmersâ coffee productivity increased by 92 percent, improving ECOMâs access to a key commodity, as a result of IFCâs partnership with ECOM Agroindustrial Corporation targeting women coffee farmers in Indonesia.
How in Nalt Enterprise, a Vietnamese garment manufacturer, staff turnover fell by one-third after the establishment of a womenâs clinic and a daycare for employeesâ children.
How in Papua New Guinea (were employees lose an average of 11.1 work days per year as a result of gender vi... Read more
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Is it possible to integrate gender perspective into a business model? How do women play their roles in sustainable business or impactful program? If any of those questions ever crossed your mind, you will find the answer in this workshop!
To commemorate the spirit of our very own heroine Kartini, this session is here to speak about women and sustainability! In this session, we will discuss about women's role in entrepreneurship and sustainable, impactful programs. Participants will be exposed to the panelists' solid track records in developing gender-friendly programs and businesses, particularly in textile and renewable energy sector. To complete the workshop, we will have a gender-tailored, business-model-canvas session, and participants will learn how to develop a more robust and gender-friendly business model.
Lina Moeis - Yayasan Ruma... Read more
Evidence demonstrates that greater attention to addressing gender inequalities in the design and delivery of services or labour recruitment results in improved productivity and more sustainable outcomes.
But, how to do this? Projects and companies can use the tool decribed in this blog in which Clare Bishop introduces a clear analytical tool with simple scores, spider diagrams, and comparisons, to help think through the spectrum from gender blindness to gender transformation when designing or assessing an intervention.
The tool helps to: (i) analyse their current performance on gender-related activities at the field level and in project management; and (ii) identify future areas for action. The results of the study piloting this tool will be available in a forthcoming issue. I found this tool in the Newsletter: What is New in inclusive business part I Click here to download this N... Read more
Trickle Up has been a pioneer graduating people out of extreme poverty since 1979. They have helped more than one million of the poorest, most vulnerable people move to greater economic self-sufficiency and connection with their communities.
Trickle Up provide the very poorest people with seed capital grants, skills training and coaching, and the support they need to create small businesses. We connect them to savings groups where they save money and access credit with others, create plans for the future and enact change in their communities. We help people connect with others in their villages build self-confidence and find their voice because poverty is about more than just moneyâitâs about exclusion.
The organization reaches the extreme poor, those living on less than $1.90 a day, who are most economically and socially excluded. Their focus is helping women, people with disabilities, refugees and other vulnerable people wh... Read more
Sustainable intensification has recently been developed and adopted as a key concept and driver for research and policy in sustainable agriculture. It includes ecological, economic and social dimensions, where food and nutrition security, gender and equity are crucial components. This book on Routledge by Ingrid Oborn, Bernard Vanlauwe, Michael Phillips, Richard Thomas, Willemien Brooijmans and Kwesi Atta-Krah, describes different aspects of systems research in agriculture in its broadest sense, where the focus is moved from farming systems to livelihoods systems and institutional innovation. Much of the work represents outputs of the three CGIAR Research Programs on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics, Aquatic Agricultural Systems and Dryland Systems. The chapters are based around four themes: the conceptual underpinnings of systems research; sustainable intens... Read more
On March 31 and April 1, MDF Myanmar, Holland Alumni Association Myanmar (HAAM), Golden Plain and AgriProFocus Myanmar organized a Nuffic Alumni event about food security in Yangon.
All Myanmar professionals that studied in the Netherlands or received training from a Dutch institution were invited to network and learn about hot topics related to food security. Furthermore, Dutch and Myanmar companies, NGOâs, farmers organizations and even members of parliament active in the food security sector attended the two day event.
On the first day, Ohnmar Khaing, Myanmar Program Manager at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), introduced the food security framework and current debates. Participants then were invited to share their own ideas about lessons learned and opportunities in shaping food security in Myanmar in a world cafe discussion.
Th... Read more
These additional powerpoint slides from the Third Forum Series of the ENGEA meeting on March 17, 2017, provide extra information on CASCAPE's current and previous activities regarding women-specific, labour-saving technologies.
The Ethiopian Network for Gender Equality
in Agriculture (ENGEA) organized
a series to
awareness on gender issues on March 17, 2017 at BENEFIT-Partnership office in the morning. You can find the summary of this forum meeting here.
The powerpoint presentation of CASCAPE provide an overview of CASCAPE's experience with the introduction and testing of homegarden practices, enset processing devices and row weeder technologies and the activities undertaken to mainstream gender in the project, as well as the main findings and recommendations of the gender analysis conducted, were highlighted.
IAP is a specialised fund developed to identify and support innovative Inclusive Business ideas that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefits for low income people, while advancing the inclusion and economic empowerment of women and youth. IAP is funded by Sida (Swedish International Development Agency) and managed by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in partnership with BoP Innovation Center and Inclusive Business Sweden.
Private companies have proven to be effective catalysts of change when it comes to creating opportunities for low income people to lift themselves out of poverty, through new job opportunities, increased income and access to basic goods and services. At the same time, low income markets represent a large busines... Read more
The WEF seeks to scale the number of women energy entrepreneurs throughout the value chainusingwomenâs empowerment approaches in order to share lessons learned and build the evidence for effective, gender-informed business models. Target projects supported by WEF will scale womenâs energy entrepreneurship and employment throughout their business models and the sector. This includes scaling existing,proven gender and empowerment approaches andstrengthening income-generating opportunities for women.The objective of the WEF is to make the business case for gender-informed approaches by demonstrating that there is a positive impact on business performance and social impact outcomes when women are engaged in the value chain. The Alliance encourages new partners to apply, particularlyorganizations that aim to incorporate clean cooking solutions into existing womenâs empowerment and other development initiatives.
SNV-Netherlands Development Organization is the lead organization in the implementation of the Inclusive Business in Sunflower Value Chain project with a consortium pf partners namely, Mbeya Sunflower Oil Processors Association(MBESOPA), Jackson Group, Women Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania ( WOPATA) and AgriProFocus Tanzania.
The role of AgriProFocus in the project is to take lead on integrating a gender perspective in the sunflower value chain development. Consequently, AgriProFocus is currently seeking to hire a consultant to carry out an in-depth Sunflower Gender Value Chain analysis aimed at highlighting the specific roles of men and women throughout the value chain, and identify opportunities and challenges to balancing benefits in this chain between men and women.
Summary of the Assignment
Gender in Value chain Analysis
I am currently in between facilitating two trainings on gender and value chains, one was in Ghana and one has just started in Ethiopia. These trainings are developed by AgriProFocus and F&S, for FAO.
While wrapping up the training in Ghana, two participants asked me if the consultants will also evaluate the training, from their perspective. I told them we normally write a report that includes such information, but later I realized that such reports will probably not be read by the participants, let alone by outsiders who would be interested in a similar training.
So, this is my attempt to write down some of my observations as a facilitator, to inform a wider audience and hopefully to attract more organizations to develop capacities on gender. Not a training report, but a few observations and maybe lessons.
Lessons and observations:
In Ghana, the cassava value chain was used as a case study throughout the w... Read more
Kick off workshop â Gender and Value Chain Coaching Track V â 13th to 15th March, 2017
Women play crucial roles in agricultural value chains. However, their contribution often remains invisible. For producers and other chain actors and supporters, this can lead to inefficient chains. In consequence, business opportunities may suffer and profits will be lower and/or unequally distributed. Moreover, existing gender inequities will be perpetuated. In short: fighting poverty becomes hard if one remains âgender-blindâ. Evidence shows that enabling women to have equal access to inputs, services, and land improves yields. It also shows that female farmers often pay greater attention than men to crop quality and that productivity increases as a result of increasing their access to technical training.
With this background, I would like to take this opportunity to thank AgriProFocus Uganda for having organized this trajectory to really enlighten development organizations on the need t... Read more
Let me take the opportunity to thank our coaches for track V for starting us off on this journey. It was indeed a kick off starting from the what, why and how the gender dimension in value chain development. I was personally impressed with the case studies we discussed to understand better the process of gender analysis, strategy formulation.
Even though farming here is a way of life, many rural villages in Tanzania lack nutritional diversity because they eat the same foods day-after-day, meal-after-meal. With their role in the field, women are the nutrition gatekeepers to these communities. And yet, too often, they are not land owners. They are not household decision-makers. They lack access to tools, financing and education needed to push forward. They are not empowered. Even worse, these gender customs are barriers to breaking the cycle of poverty and maln
Women dressed in vibrant African fabric are sprinkled across fields of tea, coffee and banana trees. This is Tanzania, and these women are the caretakers of the land â and of their families.
And yet, for women like Isabella Mwile, hard work in the field and raising children doesnât necessarily make her a partner at home. Traditionally in Tanzania, men are the decision makers. However, in Isabellaâs village of Mbaka, in Rungwe district, these traditions are changing.
In January 2015, leaders of Mbaka village acknowledged Isabellaâs leadership qualities and selected her to attend an Innovations in Gender Equality (IGE) training-of-trainers course on womenâsâ and girlsâ leadership in agriculture. With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Land OâLakes International Development, the IGE program facilitated this session wi... Read more
Men only participate in harvesting and selling but are not willing to participate in planting and weeding vegetables. This was revealed by vegetable farmers in Kasangati sub-county during the second day of the Kick off workshop. The photos below show the interactive sessions during the analysis of gender roles in the horticulture. The youth also shared their experiences in their involvement in family businesses, they however say that, they are usually limited by access to key resources like land which puts them off to start their own businesses.
AgriProFocus Zambia's Gender Trajectory has welcomed it's fourth cohort in 2017! We kicked off this nine-month trajectory with a three-day workshop and participants from SNV, the Cotton Association of Zambia, the Dairy Association of Zambia and a new gender coach, Mr. Knox Kalubi. The aim of this workshop was to equip the participants with the knowledge, skills and tools on how to mainstream gender in their work and activities. It was an eventful three days as participants experienced an enlightenment in their perspective of gender and it's application in value chain development. Click here to read more about the kick-off workshop and the journey our participants and coach will be embarking on! Also for a more visual effect, follow this link to check out pictures on our Facebook page. For any questions and information on how you can take part in our Gender in Value Chains Trajectory, don't hesitate to email Maumo Mubila on: email@example.com&n... Read more
Following this objective and in celebration of International Womenâs Day (March 8), 2SCALE and the AgriProFocus network in Mali honored four men who demonstrate a proactive commitment to reduce gender-related inequalities in a vegetable partnership the project supports in SĂ©gou. The recipients included:
âą Mahamadou NantoumĂ©, CEO of Guina Agricole, for strengthening womenâs access to quality agricultural inputs and phytosanitary services on preferential terms.
âą Bakary Coulibaly, community leader, for promo... Read more