Gender in Value Chains

moderated by Caroline van der Molen

Since 2008, a vibrant innovation community has been active within AgriProFocus. Its mission is to improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development.

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 1000 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.

Read more about us in our factsheet, check out the infographic about Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Framework (here in french) or watch video's about Gender in Value Chains in our video library.

We invite professionals, experts and practitioners to become part of our community and share information and experiences with others, in the form of a 'post', 'event' or 'product service'. Make sure you log in first!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 15 October 2018 at 09:40

Delphy, AgriProFocus and Barrick Lumwana Mines Kick off a Tailor Made Training program for Zambian Women Organization -Nsabo Yetu

Delphy and AgriProFocus have embarked on a tailor made training program for the A Zambian based Women Organization, Nsabo Yetu to strengthen the horticultural sector in the North-Western Province of Zambia.

The training which is projected to run until May 2019, will address the under performance of the horticultural sector in the area.

According to the project brief, it was noted that poor horticultural practices coupled with limited access to effective soil management technologies and lack of consistency in the production of horticultural produce has limited the farmer’s capacity to penetrate the chain store markets and potentially the export market.

‘’Current horticultural practices are low yielding and unsustainable, the women work with local varieties of vegetables leading to low yield and unfavourable quality. Meanwhile, there is a demand of high quality

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 9 October 2018 at 08:03

‘Women in Science, Business and Leadership for Development’   

Call for Papers: The 2nd Mekelle University International Conference

Globally, despite efforts, not only that women are disproportionately represented in science, business and leadership, but also that, currently, women sexual harassment are rampant in many industries in developing and developed countries. Women have low involvement in Science and Research. Women in power and decision making (both political and non-political) are very rare. The African, with special focus to Ethiopia, the situation gets worse. Hence, the status of women shows that there are plenty of gaps, which require systematic and strategic interventions. 

Themes of conference: 

*Institutional and political/transitional justice issues around promoting the involvement of women in science and development 

*Women in science and innovation: Challenges and opportunities 

*Women in business and leadership: Challenges and opportuniti

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Posted 8 October 2018 at 10:24

Gender * Climate sourcebook (FAO, IFAD, WB) 

This Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture module provides guidance and a comprehensive menu of practical tools for integrating gender in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of projects and investments in climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The module emphasizes the importance and ultimate goal of integrating gender in CSA practices, which is to reduce gender inequalities and ensure that men and women can equally benefit from any intervention in the agricultural sector to reduce risks linked to climate change. Climate change has an impact on food and nutrition security and agriculture, and the agriculture sector is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. It is crucial to recognize that climate change affects men and women differently.  (98 pages with many cases).

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 October 2018 at 09:18

FAO: Gender gaps in African agriculture are holding back progress

Gender gaps in agriculture in Africa are holding back progress towards ending hunger and must be urgently addressed, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's director-general José Graziano da Silva. He said this at a joint event with the African Union (AU) on the margins of the UN General Assembly. “We need to better recognize and harness the fundamental contribution of women to food security and nutrition. For that, we must close persisting gender gaps in agriculture in Africa,” Graziano da Silva said.

The director-general called for better representation of women in governance mechanisms and decision-making processes, as well as adequate and equal access to land, financial resources, social protection programmes, services and opportunities for women in rural areas.

Addressing gender gaps

The findings and recommendations of the AU-FAO study ‘The Regional Outlook on Gender and Agrifood Systems

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 28 September 2018 at 10:13

Vacancy at Women Deliver

Position: Regional Coordinator, Youth Engagement

Employment status: Consultant (on a part-time basis)

Duration: 3 years and approx. 20 hours per week

Location: Kampala, Uganda/ Nairobi Kenya

Deadline: 25th October, 2018

Job details and how to apply here

Women Deliver is a leading global advocacy organization. We build capacity, forge partnerships, create networks, develop messages and catalyze actions that spark political commitment and investment in the health, rights, and well being of girls and women throughout the world. We bring together diverse voices and interests to share solutions and drive progress in gender equality.


There is a preference for Kenyan and Ugandan Nationals to apply; non-Nationals will also be considered assuming language proficiency.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 26 September 2018 at 09:40

Are you a female entrepreneur in Ghana running a promising agribusiness?

Join us for a women-only face to face inclusive business training and learn how to take your agribusiness to the next level.

When: 2 full days training between 22 - 30 October (final days and locations in Ghana to be confirmed)

How to get on board: Simply click here and register.

As a female entrepreneur, you may be facing daily struggles in growing your business. Through a 2 day face-to-face training in Ghana, we want to offer you the chance to:

  • Learn more about how to scale your agribusiness and make it more inclusive

  • Interact with Professional Business Trainers

  • Meet and connect with other successful Ghanaian women agri-entrepreneurs …..And much more

Register now via this Registration Form. There are only 45 spaces, so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

The training is free of cost and daily lunch & snacks are included. Travel, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and other daily expenses are to be paid by part

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 September 2018 at 07:15

EAC Gender Policy launched on Monday 17 September, 2018 in Arusha

The East African Community (EAC) Gender Policy has been launched, with a call to member states leaders and stakeholders to use it to deliver gender equity and equality to all East Africans. The policy is aimed at mainstreaming gender in all aspects of the EAC integration process by promoting the different and complementary roles of men and women in all regional activities. 

The policy will further strengthen the mainstreaming of gender concerns in the planning and budgetary processes of all sectors in the EAC organs, institutions and partner states. 

In August 2012, a meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers directed the secretariat to develop policies on gender equality, youth, children, social protection and community development. Broad consultations with gender experts, civil societies, interest groups and all stakeholders have since been held on development of a responsive policy document to ensure that the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 7 September 2018 at 08:20

AWARD fellowship programme for female scientists (deadline Oct 8, 2019)

African Women in Agricultural Research for Development (AWARD) are pleased to announce that the call for the second round of the AWARD Pan-African Fellowship is now open! The AWARD Pan-African Fellowship was initiated in 2017 with support from the Agropolis Fondation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) country missions. It seeks to extend the benefits of the AWARD Fellowship to female scientists from francophone Africa and to maximize interactions between English and French speaking African women agricultural scientists.

We invite applications from African women scientists who are citizens of Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Togo and have completed

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 7 September 2018 at 08:09

AWARD lance programme de formation pour les femmes scientifiques. (deadline 8 Oct 2018)

Le programme de formation panafricain d’AWARD a été lancé en 2017 avec le soutien de la Fondation Agropolis, la Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) et l’Agence des États-Unis pour le développement international (the United States Agency for International Development, USAID).

Les femmes scientifiques dans la recherche agricole sont invitées à postuler pour le programme de formation panafricain d’AWARD. Les candidates doivent résider en Afrique et mener leur recherche dans les disciplines telles que l’économie agricole, l’ingénierie agricole, l’agronomie, les sciences alimentaires et nutrition, l’éducation, recherche et vulgarisation, l’écologie, la biologie moléculaire, la sélection des plantes/des animaux, la phytotechnie, les sciences animales et systèmes d’élevage, l’entomologie, la gestion des ressources naturelles, la virologie, la science des sols, la pêche

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Wim Goris This is for nationals from Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and TOGO..

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Aminata Théra Thank you !

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Joseph Nsabiyabandi Merci Wim, c'est une occasion  qu'il ne faut pas  rater!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 4 September 2018 at 03:40

Lancement Projet Jeune Femmes Capables

Le 1er septembre 2018; s’est tenue la cérémonie du lancement du projet jeune femmes capables sur l’espace Sanzara à Faladjiè.

Ce projet jeune femmes capables est initié par la Jeune Chambre Internationale (JCI) Bamako espoir avec le soutien de votre réseau AgriProFocus et d'autres partenaires . La JCI est une fédération mondiale regroupant des hommes et femmes de 18 à 40 ans s’activant pour le développement de la communauté à travers le développement de la personne humaine.

Le projet jeune femmes capables est à sa 4e édition dont le thème retenu est" l’entreprenariat féminin". Il a pour but de former des jeunes femmes dans le leadership et la communication afin de leur permettre de s’affirmer et d’étouffer les préjugés sociales qui ramènent la femme au foyer.

Selon la directrice du projet jeune femmes capables Mlle Sadio Samaké : « l’entreprenariat est le fait de mettre en lumière une idée tout en prenant des risques en

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 28 August 2018 at 07:52

Le project value4her apelle les entrepreneuses d'Afrique à développer le premier réseau interrégional sur l'agribusiness

VALUE4HER est un nouveau projet du CTA qui entend autonomiser les femmes entrepreneuses du secteur agricole, ou « agripreneuses », en leur fournissant les compétences, les connaissances et l’accès aux marchés, aux financements et aux services dont elles ont besoin pour développer leur entreprise. Le projet appelle les agroentreprises, dirigées par des femmes, à rejoindre le premier réseau de renseignements sur l’agribusiness d’Afrique qui leur est spécialement dédié.

Les principaux défis auxquels les femmes sont confrontées incluent l’accès aux marchés, aux connaissances sur ces marchés, aux financements et aux autres services économiques, ainsi que le manque de compétences techniques, en gestion et en leadership nécessaires pour qu’une entreprise aille de l’avant.

VALUE4HER appelle les agroentreprises, dirigées par des femmes, en Afrique

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 August 2018 at 11:44

RUCODE women empowerment program is looking for partnership with INGOs

RUCODE women empowerment program for resilience and adaptation against climate change  is looking for partnership with INGOs from Nordic Countries (Sweden, Norway, Holland, Iceland, Finland) to respond to a call for proposal from Nordic Climate facility (NCF) deadline due on 30th August 2018.  The Nordic organization shall be the lead partnership and funds will be requested by this organization. The Concept by RUCODE on climate smart business is ready for polishing and submission.  RUCODE is a Global Award winner for Women for Results UNFCCC Momentum for Change Light House Activities 2016. The sector is climate smart business for women and youths empowerment focusing on value chains for clean cook-stoves, bee keeping and renewable solar energy products.  contacts: Telephone: +256772593513

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 24 August 2018 at 07:33

La conférence de FAO sur l'emploi des jeunes en agriculture en Afrique à Kigali

Du 21 et 22 Août 2018, comme jeune champions burundais en agriculture, j’ai participé dans la conférence sur l’emploi des jeunes en agriculture organisée par la FAO et l’Union Africaine et qui a eu lieu au Rwanda.

Je tiens à informer le public que le thème de la conférence a pour objet de contribuer dans la réalisation de l’Agenda 2063 de la 6ème Aspiration de l’Afrique, qui envisage «une Afrique dont le développement est axé sur l’individu, notamment les femmes, les jeunes et enfants ".

En passant en long et en large, nous avons constaté que la situation actuelle de l’Afrique est caractérisée par : Le chômage des jeunes, Migration mortelle, l’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle, la facture d'importation de nourriture très élevée, etc.

Mais pourtant, nous avons également vu que l’Afrique regorge des potentialités énormes notamment: Les ressources naturelles riches

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 23 August 2018 at 11:51


This is a call for digital registration of women-owned agribusinesses in Eastern and Southern Africa. This registration will facilitate the development of a digital database for women-owned agribusinesses in Africa, the first agribusiness intelligence network targeting women agri-entrepreneurs.


The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

CTA in collaboration with its regional partners, African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAN East Africa) and the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), has recently launched a programme initiative named VALUE4HER. VALUE4HER is a continental initiative aimed at increasing incomes for women from agribusinesses through a

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 22 August 2018 at 10:53

Genre et pertes alimentaires dans chaînes de valeur alimentaires durables. Note d’orientation.

Je suis très heureux de voir que la FAO a récemment annoncé que la publication "Genre et perte de nourriture dans les chaînes de valeur alimentaires durables" est désormais disponible en français. Veuillez trouver ci-joint le résumé en français.


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.

En reliant les concepts clés du développement des chaînes de valeur sensibles au genre, avec la problématique des pertes alimentaires, il apparaît que les

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 22 August 2018 at 10:48

Gender and food loss in sustainable food value chains. A guiding note.

I am very happy to see that FAO has recently announced, that the publication “Gender and food loss in sustainable food value chains” has been translated and is now also available in French and Spanish. Let me start with the abstract in English. Further down you will find the links to the publications in the English, French and Spanish!  


This publication aims to help policy-makers, project designers and field practitioners to conceptualize the nexus between gender equality and food loss while offering practical guidance on and tools for integrating gender concerns into the planning and implementation of food loss studies and reduction strategies and interventions.

By linking key concepts from gender-sensitive value chain development and the issue of food loss, it emerges that gender inequalities affect the overall efficiency of the food value chain and generate a poor performance that may cause pro

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Posted 20 August 2018 at 11:58

Rural women pitch their innovative start-up ideas in Vietnam

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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CIMMYT Seminar: Gender Norms & Innovation in Agriculture

Event posted by 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: 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.

With thanks,

Dr. Kristie Drucza| Gender and Inclusion Research

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)


Strategies for women to succeed in agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  06 September 2018, 02:30-16:00
  Ghana - online

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.

Register via this Registration Form

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.