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SNV's ‘Enhancing Opportunities for Women Enterprises’ (FLOW/EOWE) programme focuses on supporting rural women in entrepreneurship by addressing the systemic barriers that many rural women face when launching their businesses. One of the key challenges for rural women to launch start-up initiatives is access to capital to promote their start-up initiatives and turn their ideas into a viable business. In mid-August 2018, SNV together with the Provincial Women’s Union organised the Women Business Start-up 2018 event in Binh Thuan, a South Central Coast province in Vietnam, where 16 women had the opportunity to present their innovative start-up ideas and to connect to relevant stakeholders to take their start-up to the next level.
The event was a follow-up of the National Platform “Women Business Start-up: Innovation and Connection” that was organised by SNV and the Vietnam Women’s Union in December 2017. The aim of the Pl
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Meskerem Niesette Ritmeester
in Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture
17 August 2018, 15:00-17:00
Lalibela Auditorium inside ILRI campus (Gurd Shola, Addis Ababa)
This Friday August 17th at 3pm, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) will give a presentation at the Lalibela auditorium ILRI campus, Gurd Shola on gender norms, innovation and agency in agriculture.
This policy brief will give you some background on the presentation and printed copies of this policy brief will be distributed during the event:
Register with Dr. Kristie Drucza: K.Drucza@cgiar.org. When you arrive at the gate, please tell security you are here for the presentation so they can let you in.
Please join us for a coffee ceremony at the end.
Dr. Kristie Drucza| Gender and Inclusion Research
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
Female entrepreneurs in agribusiness fight an uphill battle when it comes to getting access to the power and resources needed to professionalize and scale their business. In this webinar already successful female agribusiness champions share 5 strategies for female agri-entrepreneurs to succeed.
Focusing specifically on Ghana, this webinar offers a perfect learning ground for Ghanaian entrepreneurs or those interested in the topic to talk through some of the hurdles faced every day and how to overcome them.
Interact or listen in, but register now to not miss this opportunity.
The aya TEAM
Aya is part of 2SCALE, an incubator program that manages a portfolio of public-private partnerships (PPPs) for inclusive business in agri-food sectors and industries. Aya is a 6-month entrepreneurship track for women in agribusiness in Ghana that builds on the experiences of 2SCALE. For more info about aya and 2SCALE visit the aya website.
I am happy to announce that FAO's publication “Gender and food loss in sustainable food value chains” has been translated and is now also available in French and Spanish.
Please find the publications in the links below.
Genre et pertes alimentaires dans chaînes de valeur alimentaires durables. Note d’orientation.
La présente publication vise à aider les décideurs politiques, les concepteurs de projets et les praticiens de terrain à conceptualiser le lien étroit (nexus) qui existe entre l’égalité des sexes et les pertes alimentaires, tout en offrant des conseils pratiques et des outils permettant d’intégrer les considerations de genre dans la planification et la mise en oeuvre d’études, de stratégies de réduction et d’interventions en matière de pertes alimentaires.
PDF document: http://www.fao.org/3/I8620FR/i8620fr.pdf
Género y pérdida de alimentos en cadenas de valor alimentarias sostenibles. Guía de orientac... Read more
One woman's experience with VSLAs and a tale of how Ugandan farmers saved 300 Million UGX in one year
Agriculture is the largest provider of employment to the Ugandan workforce. It accounts for over 70% of the total labour force in Uganda, employing predominantly women (76%) and youth (63%) living in the rural areas (FAO, 2018). Farming however is largely subsistence and the majority of farmers face a variety of challenges; lack of: knowledge and skills, access to credit, information about what to produce and how to produce to earn more money and unpredictable prices, which are often low.
Lending by financial institutions to the farmers is very minimal due to the high risks associated with farming and lack of collateral. This has forced many farmers to borrow from unscrupulous money lenders who lend at exorbitantly high interest rates.
The village savings and loan association (VSLA) scheme is a micro-finance model that was started by CARE to reduce... Read more
A la faveur des activités de facilitation du réseau AgriProFocus Mali,plus de 1000 femmes bénéficieront directement des ateliers de formation et d'insertion a travers deux projets finances par la Fondation pour l'Egalite des Chances en Afrique et la Direction de la Coopération Internationale de Monaco avec comme parties prenantes Oiko-Credit pour la facilitation d’accès au crédit, Bejo Zaden et Jege Ni Jaba pour la facilitation d’accès aux semences de qualité. La premiere pha... Read more
The baseline studies of the EOWE programme show that the success of women in agribusiness is not only determined by the level of access to resources and business assets, but also by gendered-specific behaviour and roles, which influences women’s decision-making power and control around these resources and business assets.
Tackling the inequalities that exist between men and women in many rural agricultural societies therefore also requires a change in the deeply entrenched gender norms that are at the root of these inequalities.
As an entry point to reflect on and transform restrictive gender norms and power relations, the EOWE programme developed a contextualised Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategy in order to create more equal income and business opportunities and a socially enabling environment for women entrepreneurship in agricultural value chains.
The household dialogue sessions also facilitate
Are you a woman owned or managed company in
• Agriculture(including coffee,tea &Horticulture)
• Textiles& apparel
• Services (in one of the sectors listed)
ITC,the joint agency of the world trade organization and united Nation is implementing SheTrades in the common wealth project,funded by the UK DFID, a 2 year project from April 2018-march 2020.The aim is to increase economic growth and job creation by enabling the increased participation of women in international trade.
For more information about the project and how to be part of, kindly email me ASAP on email@example.com. I can also be reached on 0735 145 307
Or talk to Anne: 0721384915 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Must be 30% owned, managed and/or controlled by women,legally registered business enterprises in Kenya. Enterprises must be actively trading in listed sectors for either local,regional or international m... Read more
Social impact investor Oikocredit continues to surpass the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients, according to indicators published today in Oikocredit's Social and Environmental Performance Report 2017.
In 2017 almost 90% of clients reached by the microfinance organisations in which Oikocredit invests are women. This compares to an average of 70% for the sector as reported in the latest Symbiotics MIV Survey1, which presents sector data for 2016.
Oikocredit also surpassed the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients in 2014, 2015 and 2016 when comparing year-on-year with the Symbiotics data for the same period2.
The latest report shows how Oikocredit used over € 980 million to finance almost 750 organisations in 2017, reaching 36 million financial inclusion clients and over half a million farmers.
Oikocredit also saw gains in its renewable energy indi... Read more
It’s the middle of harvest season and Oruchinga Refugee Settlement in Western Uganda is buzzing with activity. A group of refugee farmers are filling a big plastic tub with freshly harvested onions from their green house. Eggplants, peppers and spinach will be harvested soon after.
The vegetables and tub belong to members of Twitezi Imbere group, one of the various greenhouse groups established within the settlement through UNDP’s ‘Climate Resilient Livelihoods Project.’ The project was implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA), as part of efforts to promote climate resilient livelihoods in the settlement where the environment has been heavily degraded by the large number of refugees.
... Read more“Just last month, we got a good harvest of cabbages which we sold to restaurants and hotels,” Niyorugira Pascasin, a refugee
Many cooperatives and agri-businesses in rural areas still struggle to access high value markets in Vietnam. They rely heavily on local traders and have little brand recognition. Under the Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises (FLOW/EOWE) programme, the Centre for Industry and Trade (COIT) in Ninh Thuan province is implementing a strategy to facilitate access for rural women entrepreneurs to high value markets and strengthen linkages between different actors in selected agricultural value chains.
One of the key aspects of their strategy is to introduce the opportunities of e-commerce to rural cooperatives and agri-businesses and women-led enterprises. E-commerce is gaining popularity in many sectors in Vietnam, however in the agricultural sector, especially in rural areas, it is still relatively unknown. The first e-commerce training under the FLOW/EOWE programme was organised in June 2018 for 36 partici
RAF Learning Lab Partners, AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are committed to investing in women’s empowerment across smallholder and rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Join this webinar to learn how organizations such as AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are integrating both business and social goals to empower women in smallholder finance.
‘Using coaching tools allows us to understand the challenges people face, and to jointly identify goals and actions. Coaching is based on the assumption that the client is resourceful and active in realizing change. Coaching unleashes the coachee’s potential and fosters self-confidence. It is thus more sustainable than giving advice or training, which are less customized to the client’s needs and are usually provided over a shorter period of time.
Relationship of trust
What I personally enjoy about coaching is the relationship of trust with the clients. I like adapting myself to their different agendas. For example, some organizations begin with an internal focus: how can discriminatory practices be changed in their own organization? Others focus on their work in the field: are the women, men, and young people in the cassava, vegetable or fish value chain fairly remunerated for their contributions? How can we eliminate barriers to their participation?... Read more
It is a documentary that uses a gender lens while following coffee from producer to consumer. It gives an intimate insight in the lives, work, concerns and joys of three generations of a coffee farming family in Chiapas, Mexico and makes us understand what it means to be young, a woman or a men in such a context. During the documentary we get to know the way traders, processers, companies, consumers perceive gender equity. It shows that gender equity is not (only) about women, it is about all of us. And it is not just addressing inequalities in producing countries, but also in our businesses, organizations and societies. It forces us to look at ourselves, our system of values and start the conversation about what equality means and how to achieve it.
Filmmakers Xavier Hamon and Hannah Stapleton have self-released “Gender in Coffee: A Documentary,”... Read more
This article presents three examples of companies experiencing the benefits of addressing gender in their business strategy. It is based on an interview with Stella Ling, my colleague from Fair & Sustainable Consulting, and me. The article is published in the glossy magazine Making Gender Work, cultivating diversity, of AgriProFocus. Read the magazine for more interesting articles!
Instead of focusing on how women benefit from economic development, the question can be turned around: how does business benefit from including women. Experts of Fair & Sustainable Consulting discuss three cases. Three companies, each playing a different role in the value chain, benefit from actively engaging women in their business.
Companies can have different roles in agricultural value chains: buyer, input supplier, or employer. All types of company can benefit from including women in their businesses, in many differe... Read more
In Vietnam, gender issues have received increasing attention in the agricultural domain. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has a Gender Equality Action Plan for 2016-2020 expressing its commitment to address gender equality in the agricultural sector and gender mainstreaming has been increasingly considered in agricultural projects. As the organisation in charge of the agricultural domain, it is crucially important for MARD to raise awareness on gender equality and build the capacity of agriculture staff working in different departments and institutions of the Ministry to mainstream gender in their work. On June 22nd, MARD, with support from SNV, organised a competition-workshop to raise awareness on the importance of gender equality in agriculture amongst its leaders, key officers and practitioners.
The conference is one of the activities under the cooperation framework between SNV and MARD (2016-20
Interesting article by CGAP about a recent survey which shows that a/o funders are prioritizing countries where women are more financially excluded and that funder support has not resulted in much progress in addressing the gender gap. And quoting a blog post by Mayada El-Zoghbi suggesting that perhaps the financial inclusion community has prioritized the wrong barriers. Access to credit may be a need for many women, but funders encouraging FSPs to offer this service may just not be the answer. There are other reasons why women remain financially excluded, such as social and cultural norms, as well as policy and regulation. It is perhaps time for funders to also focus on these issues to achieve meaningful progress.
One of the key pillars of SNV's 'Enhancing Opportunities for Women's Enterprises' (EOWE) programme to effectively empower rural women in agriculture focuses on stimulating household and community dialogue around gender disparity in economic opportunities. Through facilitated Household Dialogues, the programme aims to influence perceptions and practices that hinder rural women from successfully engaging in agricultural enterprises. In Kenya, the programme developed and tested a contextualised facilitator’s handbook, which is used to train and guide local facilitators in the implementation of the Household Dialogues in eight arid and semi-arid counties in Kenya.
The Household Dialogues consist of 12 group sessions, in which couples discuss around three key gender norms that were identified to inhibit women from running profitable and viable agri-businesses in the eight counties in Kenya: (i) Time-use / heavy workload, (ii) Lack of con... Read more
From Rainforest Alliance and others:
Xavier Hamon and Hannah Stapleton’s Gender in Coffee – A Documentary offers an intimate look at coffee farming through the lens of gender equity. Backed by Rainforest Alliance, Lutheran World Relief, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung, The CQI’s Partnership for Gender Equity, and the SAFE Platform (powered by the IDB and managed by Hivos), the film follows the path of coffee from a smallholder farmer’s household in Chiapas, Mexico into the roasters and cafés where it’s enjoyed.
The Queen Maxima Hall at the Royal Tropical Institute will host the next screening of the documentary as part of the "We Make the City" Festival and the World of Coffee Conference and Exhibition on Saturday, June 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 am.
The success of women in agribusiness is not only determined by the level of access to resources and business assets, but also by gendered-specific behaviour and roles, which influences women’s decision-making power and control around these resources and business assets. Tackling the inequalities that exist between men and women in many rural agricultural societies therefore also requires a change in the deeply entrenched gender norms that are at the root of these inequalities.
As an entry point to reflect on and transform restrictive gender norms and power relations, the EOWE programme of SNV Netherlands development Organisation organises facilitated Household Dialogues among targeted family and/or community members in Kenya and Vietnam to critically reflect and discuss around the key norms that prevent women from fully participating in and benefiting from economic activities.
The EOWE prog... Read more