By Angelica Senders, network facilitator gender in value chains AgriProFocus
Contribution to the on- line consultation ‘Promoting inclusiveness in the Dutch policy agenda on trade and international cooperation, on Include knowledge platform.
Inclusive development is not only in the benefit of those previously excluded, but also makes optimal use of capacities of a broader range of people. There are serious business arguments for including women and youth in economic development. Dutch policy should promote inclusion of women and youth in business partnerships by actively supporting systematization and dissemination of experiences illustrating the business case for inclusiveness.
This has been proven in the coffee sector where the inclusion of women has had positive results.
Women form the majority of the world’s estimated 25 million coffee farmers, yet coffee is seen... Read more
Youth should be part of an inclusive (agricultural) development policy. This is necessary to secure stable food supplies, and to innovate the agricultural sector. National governments, private parties, donors and development agencies all have their role to play to involve and empower young farmers and entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.
Please read a new article by Marleen Brouwer, Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) of Wageningen UR, via the following link: http://seasofchange.net/2015/03/involve-and-empower-young-farmers-and-agro-entrepreneurs-to-secure-the-future-of-our-food/