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Aflatoxins and Extension in Zambia Webinar

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  26 April 2017, 15:30-16:30
  Online

Mark your calendars! You are invited to an INGENAES webinar focusing on how agricultural extension services can help support women’s strategies for reducing household exposure to aflatoxins.

Link to Invitation

When: April 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM Central

Time (US and Canada)/15:30 Central African Time (Zambia)

Topic and Background

  • What are the household-level factors that constrain Zambian women farmers’ ability to mitigate aflatoxin contamination of groundnuts?
  • What is the potential role of agricultural extension services (AES) for helping women decrease household mycotoxin exposure?

Dr. Alyson Young (University of Florida) will lead the discussion as we dive into this topic. Aflatoxin contamination of staple crops poses an important risk to nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa. Reducing aflatoxin contamination is complicated by its ubiquity in staple foods and the need for multisectoral approaches to address contamination issues.

This presentation is an overview of research on women’s k

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 5 days 18 hours ago

The business case for gender-smart solutions in the private sector

Executive briefing International Finance Cooperation (IFC)

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 company’s workforce and in its supply chain pays back, and how women form an interesting potential market.

Examples

How in Indonesia farmers’ coffee productivity increased by 92 percent, improving ECOM’s access to a key commodity, as a result of IFC’s 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 women’s clinic and a daycare for employees’ children.

How in Papua New Guinea (were employees lose an average of 11.1 work days per year as a result of gender vi

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alassane bagayoko Coolll image and job!!!!!!

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Idea Jam Eps.2 : The Women-in-Power Edition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  18 April 2017, 19:00-21:00
  Coworkinc Wimo Building 3rd fl., Jl. Kemang 1/No 7 12730 Jakarta, Indonesia

Hi good people!

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.


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HIVOS x COWORKINC : IDEA JAM

Business Model Canvas Workshop: The Women In Power Edition


Panels:

Lina Moeis - Yayasan Ruma

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 1 week 4 days ago

A tool for assessing the gender-responsiveness of agribusiness initiatives

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 week 5 days ago

Gender Advisor Job opportunity at Trickle Up

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 money—it’s 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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

Sustainable intensification in smallholder agriculture: An integrated systems research approach

Article from Routledge.com

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

A new network and fresh perspectives on Nuffic Alumni food security event Yangon

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, NGO’s, 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.

Critical questions to the government

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Wim Goris thanks for the update. will you circulate presentations too?

2 weeks 3 days ago

Bente Meindertsma Yes, we sent around the presentations to all the participants. If you're interested, I can share them with you too. 

2 weeks 2 days ago

NEW Powerpoint Available on CASCAPE's Gender-Sensitive Activities

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.

Documents of the Third Forum Series ENGEA NOW Online!

CASCAPE & Labor-Saving Women Specific Agricultural Technologies

The Ethiopian Network for Gender Equality in Agriculture (ENGEA) organized the third forum in a series to raise 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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago


Launch of ‘Innovations Against Poverty’ challenge fund

Take the Challenge, Make the Change!

Kampala, Uganda. Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) launches its first call for proposals on 30th March 2017.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

Call for Applications

Women’s Empowerment Fund IV


Overview

The WEF seeks to scale the number of women energy entrepreneurs throughout the value chainusingwomen’s 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 women’s 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 women’s empowerment and other development initiatives.

The Allianc

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 22 hours ago

AgriProFocus Tanzania Seeking a Gender in Value Chain Analysis Consultant 

Deadline: 30/03/2017

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 

Assignment Name

Gender in Value chain Analysis

Value Ch

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 month 3 days ago

A gender and value chains training, observations from a facilitator

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

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for sharing your experiences with the community Els! Looking forward to hear more!

1 month 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 3 days ago

Kick off workshop – Gender and Value Chain Coaching Track V – 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 “gender-blind”. 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

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Mugisha Richard Thank you very much Johnson for sharing your lessons. Lets all go gender

1 month 2 days ago

Johnson Nuwagaba You are welcome.

1 month 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 3 days ago

 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. 

Mugisha Richard Thank you very much Lydia for this post.

1 month 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

The 'Mushroom Lady' is growing change in Tanzania

In Tanzania, women are the caretakers of the land. Dressed in vibrant African prints under the hot, unforgiving sun, day-after-day, they plant, weed and harvest the fields. With limited technology, these chores are time-intensive and exhausting. In the evenings, they carry home the day's harvest to prepare for the family’s dinner. They then sell what they can at the local market. The next morning, they start over again.

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

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Thanks

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Men and women make way for gender equality in Tanzanian village – Land O’Lakes & USAID Initiative

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 – and of their families. 

And yet, for women like Isabella Mwile, hard work in the field and raising children doesn’t necessarily make her a partner at home. Traditionally in Tanzania, men are the decision makers. However, in Isabella’s village of Mbaka, in Rungwe district, these traditions are changing.

In January 2015, leaders of Mbaka village acknowledged Isabella’s leadership qualities and selected her to attend an Innovations in Gender Equality (IGE) training-of-trainers course on women’s’ and girls’ leadership in agriculture. With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Land O’Lakes International Development, the IGE program facilitated this session wi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Men's role in Horticulture -from a Gender perspective

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. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Gender in Value Chains Trajectory IV

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: mmubila@agriprofocus.com&n

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

#HEFORSHE: 2SCALE AND AGRIPROFOCUS CELEBRATE MEN WHO EMPOWER WOMEN

Less than 5 percent of women in Mali own land, while more than 30 percent serve as heads of household responsible for providing food, healthcare, and school fees for their children. Because of their social vulnerability, particularly in the Ségou region, 2SCALE prioritizes strengthening women’s economic position in value chains and improving their access to agricultural training, seeds, fertilizers, and land.

Following this objective and in celebration of International Women’s 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 Ségou. The recipients included:

• Mahamadou Nantoumé, CEO of Guina Agricole, for strengthening women’s access to quality agricultural inputs and phytosanitary services on preferential terms.

• Bakary Coulibaly, community leader, for promo

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Akibodé Djodji Merci pour ce partage. He for she très bon concept, nous trouvons que c'est dans l'ordre naturel des choses, car la discrimination est venue par les hommes et c'est toujours avec  les hommes que nous pouvons envisager des solutions durables.  Ici au Mali ONU-FEMME est réprésentée par un homme, et je vous assure que ça produit des effets. Nous disons merci à l'engagement du partenaire IFDC et à l'efficacité de la démarche 2SCALE. Et vivement la prochaine formation sur le genre dans les chaines de valeur agricole car cette formation est vraiment utile.On est ensemble

1 month 1 week ago

Cibarani Cibarani Belle initiative....De quoi donner envie à d'autres de redoubler davantage les aides qu'ils apportent aux femmes...

1 month 1 week ago

Akibodé Djodji Merci CIBARANI, le mérite vous revient car votre  action à Ouéléssébougou est très regardant sur la démarche genre.Nous suivons avec beaucoup d’intérêt vos activités.

1 month 1 week ago

Daoulata MAIGA Merci beaucoup Anne Marie pour ce partage très intéressant, ce fut un moment de reconnaissance et de mérite pour ses braves hommes qui se battent chaque jour pour la cause des femmes ,ils  seront  désormais des références ! 

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