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!

Post your news, questions, experiences and other messages regarding below!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 November 2017 at 01:44

Making the case for Gender in Agrifood Value Chains

Members of AgriProFocus inspired for joint action 

On September 21st, members of AgriProFocus came together and jointly established an agenda for network actions on gender in value chains. During this meeting, they expressed their need for continuous attention for the case for gender at all levels in organisations and companies. There is a lot of action at the level of the members themselves, most of them implementing tools to strengthen the gender dimension of private sector investment or value chain work. Members confirm that collaborating with the network can enhance the impact of their work. To meet the needs of the network, AgriProFocus proposes to facilitate a conference in Spring 2018, to facilitate exchange meetings between members and to centralize available resources.

Many member organisations have included gender equality goals, women empowerment and/or female leadership within their organisational policy. Most members have de

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Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing Caroline. I think it is good for members (and other agencies reading news on this platform) to know that the conference will be organised a/o. in collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. For those who don't know yet, that Platform also has an interesting Portal that includes a page on gender

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 November 2017 at 01:05


Solidaridad is a global network organization with over 45 years of sustainable market oriented supply chain development knowhow, develop and implement farmer training modules and tools, certification and beyond certification modelling, and pre and trade financial products and linkages related to commodities such as livestock, coffee, tea, cocoa, cotton, aquaculture, oil palm and others

Solidaridad Eastern and Central Expertise Centre (SECAEC) is one of the regional expertise centres of Solidaridad headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. It is currently implementing development projects in a number of commodity value chains including Coffee, Cotton, Gold, Horticulture, Livestock, Sugarcane and Tea. SECAEC operates in seven countries including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda (

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Paschal Nyabuntu Dear Marion, the advert above is on Fruits but the details are on tea. Kindly clarify. With thanks, Paschal 

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Marion Alyek Dear Pascal, yes it is but with focus on the tea value chain

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Paschal Nyabuntu With thanks.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 30 October 2017 at 10:09


For 3 days (26 to 28 of October)  farmers had an opportunity to learn and visit exhibitors at the Meru's Fair, whereby apart from the exhibition also farmers were going for classes to discuss and ask question from agriculture expert on different topics. 

On the first day topics covered were accessibility of good quality seed, importance of using good quality seed in vegetable and climate change and parthenium fighting. 

Day two session, access to market and capital for agricultural products, food safety for the better community and importance of social security fund for farmers.

Day three, topic discussed involved opportunities in agriculture, land and capital for young farmers.  And youth involvement in agriculture which was presented by the AgriProFocus representative. 

During the discussion farmers had opportunity to ask questions, share their experience and advice their fellow farmers in the matter discussed. 

"In order to succeed in

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Israel akyoo some how helpfull

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Wim Goris a pity I could not join this event. Thanks for the reporting !

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 27 October 2017 at 03:31

Integrating behavioral change to accelerate Women's Economic Empowerment 

Two weeks ago I shared the Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework on this platform. In this blog I want to ask your attention for interesting research supporting the logic of this framework and translating it into action by the Enhancing Opportunities for Women's Enterprises (EOWE) programme 

In many developing countries women’s productivity in agricultural businesses is lower than that of men. The key question is then: how do we diagnose this problem? Possible reasons for the lower productivity of women in agriculture may be that women have less access to inputs, finance, markets or knowledge.

Whereas increasing access to inputs, finance, markets and knowledge for female farmers makes sense in areas where access is lacking, it is also important to examine factors that could influence whether female farmers will actually make use of this access and benefit from it.

To get a better understanding

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Israel akyoo good balance in gender

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PETER KOLAWOLE Gender differences in roles and resources in agricultural production and in women’s and men’s participation in household decision-making around resource allocation, technology adoption, marketing and food consumption are relevant, though likely in different ways, across the different value chain sites. These differences imply that in order to achieve its expected outcomes, investments are to be made to understand these gender differences, their causes and their consequences.

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 26 October 2017 at 09:18

Become a gender coach!

Register now for the Training of Coaches

AgriProFocus is very happy to announce that we will organize a training for gender in value chain coaches in Kampala, Uganda. The training will take place from November 20 –23 and will be given by one of our most experience gender in value chain coaches: Jaqueline Terrillon, see the AgriPoFocus directory of coaches for her cv.

This is a training for coaches or consultants supporting agricultural value chain development programs to apply a gender sensitive approach. In this training you will develop your expertise on gender sensitive value chain development and become aware of gender inequalities in agriculture and the importance of addressing these dimensions in value chain development. You will also build and practice your coaching skills. The training includes one day fieldwork. After the training you become a member of the AgriProFocus network of coaches and get access to exclusive material for use in gender i

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Fifth Network Thematic Discussion – COMING!

Event posted by in Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture
  03 November 2017, 13:30-18:00
  ILRI compound, Lalibella auditorium,CMC road, Gurd Sholla

You are cordially invited to a participatory workshop hosted by CIMMYT:

Transforming gender inequality in agriculture: promising methodologies

Date: Friday November 3rd 2017 13:30 start

Location: Lalibella auditorium, ILRI compound, CMC road, Gurd Sholla. When you arrive tell security you are here for the presentation and ask them to advise you on parking.

This workshop will present seven participatory methodologies that have been implemented in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector. Come and experience first-hand the type of tools used in these methodologies and why they are leading to transformational gender changes. Breakaway sessions will be facilitated by organizations with on-the-ground experience in applying these methodologies to strengthen and empower whole communities, groups and households while creating more egalitarian relationships.

Some of the methodologies are problem driven, and some are asset or strength based. All methodologies help communities, groups or househol

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 13 October 2017 at 11:57

Infographie: Cadre d'autonomisation économique des femmes

Il est déjà sur notre plate-forme web depuis un certain temps, mais vous ne l'avez pas tous vu: le cadre d'autonomisation économique des femmes. AgriProFocus a réalisé cette infographie avec Fair & Sustainable pour visualiser ce concept important et souvent utilisé. Il est basé sur les publications du DCED et sur le travail réalisé avec la FAO pour l'élaboration de leur cadre directeur pour le développement des chaînes de valeur sensibles au genre (liens ci-dessous).

L'autonomisation économique des femmes est le processus par lequel les femmes augmentent leur capacité à réussir économiquement et renforcent leur pouvoir de prendre des décisions économiques qui influent sur leurs vies et leurs priorités sociétales.

Une femme est économiquement autonome lorsqu'elle a (1) la capacité de réussir et de progresser économiquement et (2) le pouvoir de prendre et d'agir sur ses propres décisions économiques au nive

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Daoulata MAIGA Merci Angelica pour ce partage , vive l'autonomisation économique des femmes plus précisément en Afrique dont les défis à relever reste énormes .

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 13 October 2017 at 11:42

Infographic: Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework

It is already on our web platform for a while but not all of you might have seen it: the Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework. AgriProFocus made this infographic together with Fair & Sustainable to visualize this important and often used concept. It’s based on publications of DCED and work done together with FAO for the development of their guiding framework for gender sensitive value chain development (links are provided below).

Women’s Economic Empowerment is the process by which women increase their ability to succeed economically and strengthen their power to make and act on economic decisions that influence their lives and societal priorities.

A woman is economically empowered when she has both (1) the ability to succeed and advance economically and (2) the power to make and acts on her own economic decisions at individual, household, community level and controls resources, profits and decision-making process. Not all wom

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Shadrack Agaki Our responsibility should be to proactively seek ways of helping those in our Network to get this valuable Information to the villages, towns and cities in order to accelerate Adoption and utilization of these frameworks.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 11 October 2017 at 07:52

             Become a gender coach!


Are you a professional coach or consultant? Do you support agricultural value chain development and do you want to join international experts and national coaches in our Gender in Value Chains community? Then join our next training of Gender in Value Chains coaches in November at Kampala, Uganda!


In this training you will develop your expertise on gender sensitive value chain development and become aware of gender inequalities in agriculture and the importance of addressing these dimensions in value chain development. You will also build and practice your coaching skills. After the training you become a member of the AgriProFocus network of coaches and get access to exclusive material for use in gender in value chain training and coaching.

Here fact sheet attachment is where you can find detail information about the training. Planned Date in

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 October 2017 at 06:34


Siku ya Kimataifa ya mtoto wa kike!- International Day of  Girl Child.

In celebrating International day of a girl child, which was declared for the first time by United Nations in  October 11, 2012. Apart from a girl child facing different problem among them is nutrition. 

APF Tanzania is joining hands in supporting agriculture which in one way or another lead to better nutrition in the agricultural sector. Also use our search tab to explore more about gender in value chain and  find report about it there. 

 To read more about the day of girl child go to this link.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 3 October 2017 at 10:40

Formation ScopeInsight

ICCO Coopération a organisé une formation du 11 au 15 Septembre 2017 avec la facilitation de votre réseau AgriProFocus sur l’outil d’évaluation de Scope Insight basic.

L’objectif de cette évaluation est d’aider deux coopératives COPROKAZAN et COPROKASY qui sont des Coopératives de productrices de Karité de Zantièbougou et Siby à mieux comprendre les forces et les faiblesses de leur organisation et d’identifier les domaines essentiels dans lesquels des améliorations peuvent être apportées. Pendant une semaine, la formatrice Mme Bibiane Katu à initier les 10 participants sur les 08 dimensions de Scope Basic à savoir : les opérations, la gestion interne, les risques externes, la gestion financière,les approvisionnements, les marchés, l’environnement favorable et la durabilité.

Après avoir soumis l’évaluation à un contrôle qualité auprès des experts de scope, un premier rapport sera partagé avec ICCO et les Coopératives pour la vali

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 2 October 2017 at 08:59

An interesting initiative in Vietnam worth following: 

Gender-responsive Inclusive Business Support Package

A new initiative to support private sector actors to grow their agricultural businesses in an inclusive and gender-responsive way.

Under the competitive initiative, SNV provides advisory services, mentoring and financial support to private sector actors operating in agriculture, including small and medium enterprises and cooperative groups/production units, to develop, enhance and roll-out innovative gender-responsive inclusive business ideas. Gender-responsive inclusive businesses generate profit for the private sector actors by bringing women into the core business of the company as employees, producers, distributors and/or customers. Profit is generated by increased quality and productivity in the business or the creation of new untapped markets. At the same time, the benefits for women include opportunities for jobs and leadership positions, increased income, increased resilie

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 22 September 2017 at 05:46

Support our research on gender and entrepreneurship by filling out the survey!

Kami sedang mencari usaha kecil menengah (UKM) di bidang pertanian, perikanan, atau kehutanan untuk mendukung riset kami:

Wanita dalam Kewirausahaan dan Akses ke Finansial: Tantangan dan Kesempatan

langsung ke survei di sini:

UNDP, bersama ANGIN dan didukung oleh pemerintah Kanada, sedang menilai tantangan-tantangan yang dihapi oleh wanita dalam usaha kecil menengah (UKM), terutama di sektor agrikultur, perikanan, dan perhutanan. Tujuan utama dalam riset ini adalah untuk meningkatkan kesetaraan gender dan pemberdayaan perempuan melalui kewirausahaan sosial.

Kami ingin menanyakan pendapat dan input Anda tentang isu ini melalui survei. Survei ini dapat diselesaikan dalam 10 menit. Semua jawaban Anda akan disimpan dan tidak akan disebarkan ke pihak apapun. Sebagai bentuk apresiasi kami, Anda akan menerima hasil dari riset ini.

Silakan teruskan survei ini ke seseorang yang Anda pikir

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AgriProFocus Indonesia Thank you Bilan, will spread the survey within our network. Keep on sharing.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 21 September 2017 at 09:35

A young lady in spice making!

"I started out my business with only 12,800 Tanzanian shilling" Fransisca Massawe from Moshi Kilimanjaro said that during the interview with us. Fransisca is a 25 years old woman who after finishing her studies did not get an opportunity to go for further education but had an idea of making spices (mango pickle, tea and pilau masala). 

She gathered other people and make a group of six and receive training from SIDO (Small Industry Development Organization) and later on introduced to SNV project named OYE (Opportunity for Youth Employment) to receive training more in market, skills and capacity development in her business. 

Despite receiving the training later on her friends left to do some other activities Fransisca said "It was a challenge that i had a group but most of the time I was the only one to run things because i believed in the idea and when everybody left i stood up". Fransisca said with the training my eyes were open and learnt about brandi

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ismael OLOWOLAGBA félicitations

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Johnson Dickson Congrats! you should come to our agribusiness exhibition which will take place on 14th October 2017, TPC Limpopo football ground. For more  information check me via

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Isaac Olowu Hello Johnson,I am interested in the agribusiness exhibition in October kindly forward nessecity information to prepare my visit.Look forward to meet you.

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Julian Page Many congratulations, 

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Francisca Massawe Thank you all, I am deeply humbled!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 20 September 2017 at 12:35

Sunflower Value Chain Rukwa region - A Gender perspective 

Recently our team visited a project based in Rukwa in Sunflower Value chain with our partner SNV, the project involves a question of "Women and youth have been historically and systematically excluded from participating in the Sunflower value chain".

The financial institution manage to increase access to financial products that meet the needs of small farmer holder, among the bank that provide the services are CRDB (Cooperative Rural Development Bank). The Business Manager states that "we finance sunflower processors and we have special scheme for crop trading- maize, rice and sunflower", through this women enjoy a special discount on fees and commissions for loans which is 0.25% instead of 5%.  CRDB introduced the Women Access to Fund guarantee (WAF) and 4 women benefited to get a loan with low interest. Apart from CRDB Bank also there is another financial institution in the area NMB (National MicroFinance Ban

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Angelica Senders Very interesting! Good to share the information on this interesting case on the platform. Looking forward to the public version of the report!

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Wim Goris two economic questions: a) about the business logic of the reduced fee and comission for women group? Is their risk profile different? Do they pay the same interest as men?b) is there any value in the residual waste after oil extraction? 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 September 2017 at 05:24

(Deadline Friday 29th September, 2017 17:00 hours EAT)

Organization profile

Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO Cooperation) is an international non-governmental organization working towards a world in which people can live with dignity and well-being, a world without poverty and injustice. Our core values are justice, compassion and stewardship.

ICCO Cooperation has four thematic focus areas including;

• Economic Empowerment

• Food Security and Sustainable Consumption

• Responsible Business and

• Humanitarian Aid.

To strengthen its operation, ICCO would like to invite qualified applicants for the following positions for Ethiopia Country Office.

Position 1:

Job Title: Microfinance Field Specialist

Job summary: The Microfinance Field Specialist will support the Microfinance advisor and be responsible for implementation of the agri-finance product development and value chain finance interventions under the STARS program.

Reports to: The Micr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 10 September 2017 at 08:08

I am grateful I found this great website, I am highly interested in the Women economic empowerment in Africa especially in Uganda, according to recent studies there are more opportunities in agriculture sector for women than ever before, this has compelled me to write a research paper on women empowerment and value addition case study on women owned enterprises in Kampala. I am looking forward to sharing knowledge and information with you. Thanks

Janine Schoeman Dear Milly, happy to have you on the platform! It will be great if you can share your research paper with everyone here. Have you seen our page on Gender?: . If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask the fellow platform members or Jacob Olanya from AgriProFocus Uganda for assistance. Kind Regards Janine

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Jacob Olanya Hello  welcome to the platform, please feel free to share your knowledge and information, if you need any assistance, though the process please feel free to ask.

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Milly Mangano Thanks Janine for sharing the links and Jacob thank you too.  Am looking forward to learning more from this platform. 

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 8 September 2017 at 11:50

Women in agriculture must be facilitated, panel hears

African Green Revolution Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017

Today’s technological advances and innovations in agriculture should touch every aspects of women’s lives in order for them to have the desired impact on African societies.

This was deliberated on Tuesday, September 5 at the 7th African Green Revolution Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

In a session on “Women in Agriculture”, leaders in politics, business and civil society discussed how challenges to women in agriculture can be overcome and how young women can be facilitated to join the sector.

Read the full article here:

PETER KOLAWOLE Women have value beyond the homeIn homes across the world, women are the keystone. The health of the family—physically and financially— is strengthened when women are empowered to gain knowledge, make decisions, and become leaders. We invest in the power of womenbecause they are the source from which water, fuel, and food flows into the home.

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Posted By in Genre et Chaine de Valeur Bénin
Posted 6 September 2017 at 04:15

Journée d’échanges entre femmes entrepreneurs agricoles

Co-organisée par AgriProFocus et AgroBusiness Center, Entr’Elles est un creuset de partage d’expériences entre les femmes du secteur agricole aux fins de les célébrer, les sensibiliser et promouvoir l’entrepreneuriat féminin. L’objectif d’une telle initiative est de contribuer au renforcement de la position socio-économique de la femme pour le développement de l’agrobusiness.

Cette édition s’est déroulée le jeudi 24 Août 2017 à Women Business Promotion Center (WBPC) sous le thème: « Femmes Entrepreneures, vecteur de développement de l’AgroBusiness ». Elle a connu la participation d’une cinquantaine de femmes, pour la plupart active dans l’agro-alimentaire (66%), la production végétale (07%), animale (halieutique et volaille 07%), les services d’affaires (20%).

La journée a démarré par les mots de bienvenu du Coordonnateur de AgroBusiness Center et l’allocution de la présidente de la FEFA. Cet

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 30 August 2017 at 12:10

Formation sur le Genre et chaînes de valeur agricole 

 MDF-AC et AgriProFocus organisent une formation sur le Genre et chaînes de valeur agricole en date 10 au 13 Octobre 2017 à Goma, RD Congo.

Inscrivez-vous et devenez un bon coach!

Le dépliant

Maxime TANDJIEKPON Bonjour, j'aimerais savoir si vous avez de telles initiatives pour nous qui sommes au Bénin. Merci

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Angelica Senders Bonjour Maxime, bon pour apprendre que vous êtes intéressé par cette formation, adressez-vous à AgriproFocus au Bénin pour lui demander s'il y a des événements sur ce thème dans votre pais. Vous pouvez également contacter notre coach en genre et chaines de valeur au Bénin, Francois Akouta,  directement, voyez: 

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