Gender in Value Chains

moderated by Angelica Senders

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 Uganda
Posted 4 December 2020 at 09:05

Job vacancy at Agasha Group Ltd

Position 1: Project Coordinator (internal staff only)

Position 2: Project Administrator/Marketing (open)

Project Name: Development of Digital Agribusiness Platform that will facilitate Agricultural stakeholders to network and collaborate with each other during and post COVID-19. The initial stage is sponsored by Agasha Group in partnership with aBi Development Ltd (

Job description (qualifications, skills and experience):

How to apply: Email your CV (2 pages maximum) to In the body of the email message, include your expected monthly salary and contact details of 3 referees.

Deadline: Extended to Friday, 11th December 2020.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 September 2020 at 09:03

Powerwomen for cooperatives

Female leadership in agricultural cooperatives supported by Agriterra

Agriterra has developed a female leadership trajectory in order to contribute closing the gender gap in agricultural cooperatives. A special magazine is now available with the results achieved so far and the stories of participating women.

The representation and participation of women in cooperatives and farmers organisations is in most parts of the world low. Women constitute over 70% of the agricultural workforce and are a relatively overrepresented group in rural areas. Despite being the largest workforce, they are behind informal representation and decision making. They are often deprived of land rights, land ownership, access to finance, access to education etc. Cultural beliefs have women put in a backwards position where they are seen as the ones taking care of domestic affairs but not of economic affairs, though they invest lots of their time as labour in the agricultural sector, but not

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Negusu Yifrashewa Yes  Nicole Metz, where women are given space and opportunity, they can become tremendously valuable leaders in restoring community cohesion.

2 years 8 months ago

Miria Twinomugisha This is a powerful message and very true

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  30 August 2020 to 03 September 2020 - All Day Event

Ce projet de renforcement de capacité organisationnel des coordinateurs de projet sur l’implication du genre féminin dans les activités de l’Agribusiness vient à point nommé pour rétablir l’ordre des choses quant à l’impact que cette tranche sociale pourrait apporter au monde rural.

Lors de ces 05 jours, les coordinateurs seront formés sur les différents secteurs de l’Agribusiness et les opportunités au Mali; la gestion féminine des microfinances communautaires et la technique de rédaction de plans d’affaires en Agribusiness.

Ces informations sont des outils essentielles pour le développement local des groupements féminins.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 7 August 2020 at 06:47


Virtual Event - COVID-19 & Global Food Security

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked not only a health crisis but also an economic crisis, which together pose a serious threat to food security, particularly in poorer countries. COVID-19 & Global Food Security brings together a groundbreaking series of IFPRI blog posts looking at the impacts of COVID-19 and the policy responses. IFPRI researchers and guest bloggers provide key insights and analysis on how the global pandemic is affecting global poverty and food security and nutrition, food trade and supply chains, gender, employment, and a variety of policy interventions, as well as reflections on how we can use these lessons to better prepare for future pandemics. These pieces draw on a combination of conceptual arguments, global and country-level simulation models, in-country surveys, case studies, and expert opinions. Together, they present a comprehensive picture of the current and potential impact of COVID-19 and the world’

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 19 May 2020 at 02:34

First open-registration online F&S gender in value chain training

I am very happy to announce that I will be facilitating the first F&S online gender in value chain training together with my colleague Emma Feenstra.

Thanks to COVID-19, we have decided to provide this training as an open-registration training for everyone to join.

For whom?

If you're struggling with gender issues in your value chain project and you are looking for practical training to learn more about this topic, this might be just the training for you!

In 5 weeks, you will learn how to conduct a gender analysis in a value chain relevant for your work, analyze the gender-based constraints, formulate interventions to address them and develop an action plan.

The training will start on 15 June and costs only €895! Check the leaflet for more detailed info and registration:


ANDE ESEA/MEDA:Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #7

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  28 May 2020, 09:00-10:30

ANDE ESEA Sustainable Agriculture Learning Lab #7 (Webinar) Co-led by MEDA (Webinar)

Gender-inclusive Agribusiness Development in Myanmar

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) invites you to join the seventh regional Learning Lab on Sustainable Agriculture to discuss challenges and best practices in Agriculture Small and Growing Business (SGB) in East and Southeast Asia. This lab series aims to bring together stakeholders - ANDE members and key players in the agriculture ecosystem - to discuss key global and regional challenges ranging from agri-business model, sustainable finance innovation, role of women as sustainable consumer and investor, agtech and roles of technology in tackling climate change, energy access, and food security in the region.

This session will present and explore successes and challenges in gender-inclusive agri-business growth and development. Featured speakers include representatives along the value chain: women producers, small businesses, and large

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 6 May 2020 at 03:39

AgriProFocus Zambia celebrates women in agriculture- pushes for change through coalitions

It was a great start to our signature Business Drinks Event which we co-hosted with our Member Heifer International and partner Nkoka Women in Agro Business under the theme “Women in Climate Smart Agriculture-Accelerating change through coalitions”.

As we celebrated Women's Month, it was wonderful interacting and networking with women eager to be at the epi-centre in transforming the agricultural sector and making it more sustainable for women in Zambia.

Part of the highlight of the event included discussions towards coalition building in addressing several challenges affecting women in agriculture such as limited access to land, limited access to finance, access to extension services, appropriate technology advancement and sustainable market opportunities.

The Special Business Drinks was a kickoff for the Women in Agriculture Conference that took place on 5th March, 2020 at NIPA Conference Centre, M

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Posted By in PAINT for Youth
Posted 4 May 2020 at 06:26

Opportunities for Youth & Women in the EU funded Agribiz Programme

Deadline: 22 May 2020

The Agribiz programme (Ksh. 1.5 billion) is supported by the European Union, Denmark (Danida) and the African Development Bank. The programme is being implemented by the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) and it aims to address the key challenges that hinder youth and women from tapping into the immense potential that the agriculture sector offers and it will help about 2,400 agribusiness owned and led led by women and youth to grow. Additionally, the programme aims to create 17,000 job opportunities along different agricultural value chains.

Business incubation hubs will be set up in the 8 counties namely: Kilifi, Machakos, Kiambu, Meru, Isiolo, Kisii, Bungoma and Uasin Gishu.

To apply please click HERE.

emmanuel luyima am pleased to join in on  this platform. Before going i engage i would like to interact with goat farmers or farming organizations on the platform. i need to get to know and get some guidance since am a new and upcoming farmer but would want to explore new and mordern types of farming. if anybody wants or has any knowledge that may help me grow and assist the poor please fell free to come to my rescue

3 years 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 March 2020 at 09:10

Opportunity: literature review on gender dynamics in seed systems.

Would you like to contribute to the growing body of knowledge on gender dynamics in seed systems?

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is looking for a collaborator to conduct a semi-systematic literature review on gender dynamics in seed systems innovations. The review is a key output from the ISSD Africa component on gender dynamics.

Download and read the Terms of Reference here.

Deadline for reactions: 31 March 2020. Please send your responses to IFPRI, see contact person in the ToR.

copied from:

Further reading on seed systems innovation: 


Josphat Daka I would like to be a how do I apply

3 years 2 months ago

Lilian Sambu thanks Nicole for this raising issue on inclusive farming and seed systems,from my experience last week we had a discussion concerning including young women in seeds production entrepreneurship for youth  economic development .Real this needs to involve people , if i got a chance to participate i will be happy , as on our side we came up with our strategy of involving young women in seed opportunity for lively hood development .

3 years 2 months ago

Shiraj Mks Mohon petunjuknya gimana caranya jika saya ingin turut berkontribusi & menjadi kolaborator. 

3 years 2 months ago

LLOYD MUGAMBI We can engage on our project on any form of synergies.

3 years 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 March 2020 at 03:53

Addis Ababa C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Programme up and running! 

Winning projects selected for development through mentorship in the C40 Women4Climate program range from greenspace and urban agriculture initiatives, through to transportation and medical waste management innovations. Young women climate visionaries have been paired with more experienced women of their choice that can coach and advise them in the development and implementation of their projects. The launch of the program took place in January, and now the mentees are undergoing capacity building training and meeting with their mentors for consultation sessions. 

Mentorship programmes like this one are very important in helping to bridge the generation gap we see in the sustainability movement. When the generation gap persists, young visionaries often lack the knowledge, experience, and network to get their great ideas off the ground, and while more experienced people are missing the energy enthusiasm and bol

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Firehiwot Tesfaye Hi Sarah. I want to be part of this initiative as my background & research areas fit in to this

3 years 2 months ago

Sarah Assefa Hi Firehowt, thanks for your interest! Unfortunately the intake for this session with C40 is completed, but you might contact them to see if they will consider doing another round next year. Alternatively, in the future the YALTA initative: will also have a mentorship program, this one will be focused on entrepreneurs working on sustainability in the agriculture sector. So if your work fits that, you would be welcome to become involved in the agroecology network and apply for the YALTA mentorship program.  Lets try to contact one another by phone (both of our contacts are listed in our APF profiles) so I can explain the upcoming YALTA activities and learn about your research and work. Thanks for your interest! Sincerely, Sarah

3 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 March 2020 at 04:35

Proud Rwandan woman’s success story in Horticulture

Every 8th March is a global celebration of International Women’s day. On this special day, non-profit organizations, private and government institutions reflect on progress made in empowering women but also celebrating the outstanding achievements made by women in different sectors.

Anita Tumusenge, a horticulture woman farmer from Southern Province, Nyanza district overcame her fear and through horticulture farming, she has made success and became a role model to many.

During the 1994 Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsi, I lost my husband and all my siblings. I was born in a family of 9 children, but left alone! After that tragedy, I had children and family members to raise and look after on my own. It was very hard and when I got a job the salary was not enough to help me cater for all the problems we had.

I started to think about something I can do to be self-employed. I took advantage of my love and passion for Agriculture – Farmi

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Birasa Patrick The story is touching! Challenges in finance and access to market need to be tackled!

3 years 2 months ago

Annette van Andel What a powerful story! An encouraging role model for all (young) women who think about  starting a business in the horticulture sector or any other sector. Yes, of course, lots of challenges to overcome. Above all though are the inspiring opportunities she shares as well as the lessons learned. 

3 years 2 months ago

Uwayezu Sylvio UWAYEZU Sylvio : We encourage youth and women  to start agribusiness especially in horticulture , but thinking about start agribusiness  with small capital they have.

3 years 2 months ago

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 28 January 2020 at 10:19

Call for Proposals for Youth and Women Agriculture Grants

Deadline: 28 March 2020

AU-IBAR Call for Proposals: Support implementation of Youth and Women in Livestock, Fisheries and aquaculture Agribusiness Incubation

In the framework of the implementation of the Member state funds to “Support implementation of Youth and Women in Livestock, Fisheries and aquaculture Agribusiness Incubation”, AU-IBAR will undertake to utilize these funds to empower African youth and women to effectively participate in the animal resources sector.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 26 January 2020 at 03:42

Position: International feminist researcher  

We are a start-up feminist research incubator with an office in Australia and Ethiopia. We require an international researcher to spend 6 months working from our Ethiopia office and helping to build research capacity and excellence. However, you can remain homebased if that is your preference and work in teams remotely via Skype/zoom. You will have a keen desire to learn and grow personally and professionally and are able to receive critical feedback as a growth opportunity. Your discipline does not matter as we are a multi-disciplinary research center.

Duties and responsibilities

• Analyze global and country data and policy changes/influence;

• Plan, implement and review data collection, validation, analysis;

• Lead teams of researchers and maintain quality control of research outputs; • Write research proposals, concept notes and budgets;

• Publish articles, policy briefs and blogs;

• Present data findings in a visually appealing a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 23 January 2020 at 09:49

Rwanda Agriculture is mentioned as a sector full of opportunities

It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centered rural development and protecting the environment.  

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has challenged leaders to help farmers make most of public investments brought to them by the Government and its partners.   The officials visited two irrigation schemes along lakes Cyambwe and Rwampanga in Nasho and Mpanga Sectors, one of them being in Nasho Sector, worth $30 million, and funded by Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF). The main crops planted in the scheme are maize, soybeans and beans.

According to Magnifique Ndambe Nzaramba, the project manager, since the introduction of the project in 2017, maize productivity increased from 1.244 tonnes per hectare in Season 2017A to 6.726 tonnes per hectare in Season 2019A, with some

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 21 January 2020 at 02:52

Comment atteindre, bénéficier et autonomiser les femmes?

Dans un post précédent, j'ai partagé une infographie sur l'autonomisation économique des femmes, dans ce post, je veux partager une infographie qui vous aidera à concevoir des stratégies efficaces pour atteindre cet objectif. Il visualise le cadre Atteindre - Beneficier - Autonomiser développé par l'IFPRI en 2017.

Le cadre donne plus de clarté lors de la conception des interventions et aide à aligner les objectifs avec les stratégies et les indicateurs pour suivre l'impact.

Selon ce cadre:

- Le simple fait d'atteindre les femmes (par exemple en les incluant dans des réunions ou des formations) ne garantit pas qu'elles bénéficieront d'un projet.

- Même si les femmes bénéficient (par exemple, d'un revenu accru ou de l'accès aux services),

- Les femmes ne deviendront pas nécessairement autonomes (par exemple, en contrôlant ces revenus ou ces actifs).

En général, les projets devraient viser à aller au-delà de la simpl

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Georges Djodji Akibode Formidable boite à outils pour tous les acteurs et décideurs actifs sur les initiatives de developpement, et surtout dans la mise en oeuvre des ODD.Le cinquième objectif est spécifiquement dédié à l’autonomisation des filles et des femmes. Il concerne l’égalité entre les sexes et vise à mettre fin à toutes les formes de discriminations et de violences contre les femmes et les filles dans le monde entier. Les cibles définies concernent : la lutte contre les discriminations et contre les violences faites aux femmes, l’accès des femmes à des fonctions de direction et de décision et l’accès universel aux droits sexuels et reproductifs. Il agit en interrelation avec les 16 autres ODD : il permet la conception et la mise en œuvre de toutes les politiques publiques au prisme du genre et encourage la mise en place de politiques dédiées à la lutte contre les inégalités qui subsistent et nécessitent des mesures positives en faveur des femmes.

3 years 4 months ago

Dramane TOUNKARA Très bonne présentation!

3 years 4 months ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 21 January 2020 at 01:47

How to reach, benefit and empower women?

In a previous post, I shared an infographic on Women's Economic Empowerment, in this post I want to share an infographic which will help you design effective strategies to reach this objective. It visualizes the Reach - Benefit - Empower framework developed by IFPRI in 2017.

The framework gives more clarity when designing interventions and helps to align objectives with strategies and indicators to monitor impact.

According to this framework:

- Simply reaching women (e.g. by including them in meetings or training) does not ensure that they will benefit from a project.

- Even if women benefit (e.g. from increased income or access to services),

- Women are not necessarily empowered (e.g. in control over that income or assets).

In general, projects should aim to go beyond merely reaching women.

Read more on this framework by IFPRI here or here

The infographic is developed b Fair & Sustainable with support of ICCO and available in English, French, a

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odiiri david john this is good project for women.

3 years 4 months ago

Mwima Allan Anyone out there with a farm of ovarcado please am willing to buy it because I need it

3 years 3 months ago

Lilian Sambu thank you Angelica for sharing i have pass through the whole document you shared its states well and i have add some knowledge though in reality most of people they lie on REACH not on other factors , so as we continue working on inclusive economy that include gender issues i have got a lesson to apply in my work , thank you so much for this , Though i appreciate that we have touched all 3 stages in our work on gender aspect though i was not knowing if its how professionally it was perfect  so my confidence have been increased after reading your post .

3 years 2 months ago

Bevin Bhoke Thanks Angelica for sharing, quite informative 

3 years 2 months ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 8 January 2020 at 02:48

Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur l'autonomisation économique des femmes en un coup d'œil!

Fair & Sustainable Consulting et AgriProFocus ont créé une infographie du cadre d'autonomisation économique des femmes (WEE). L'infographie s'est avérée très utile dans de nombreuses sessions de formation pour les professionnels intéressés à développer des chaînes de valeur sensibles au genre en Afrique, en Asie et en Amérique Latine. L'infographie est disponible en anglais (une version africaine et une version asiatique), en français, en espagnol, en portugais et en bahasa indonésien. Les images dans les différentes versions sont adaptées aux différents contextes ethniques et culturels. À l'arrière de l'infographie, le cadre est appliqué à différentes situations le long de la chaîne de valeur: les femmes dans l'agriculture domestique, les femmes dans les organisations de producteurs, les femmes en tant qu'entrepreneurs et les femmes en tant qu'employées.

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 8 January 2020 at 02:41

Everything you always wanted to know about Women's Economic Empowerment in one glance!

Fair & Sustainable Consulting and AgriProFocus have created an infographic of the Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Framework. The infographic has proven to be very useful in many training sessions for professionals interested in developing gender-sensitive value chains in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The infographic is available in English (an African and an Asian version), in French, in Spanish, in Portuguese and in Bahasa Indonesia. The pictures in the different versions are adjusted to the different ethnic and cultural contexts. On the backside of the infographic, the framework is applied to different situations along the value chain: women in household farming, women in producer organisations, women as entrepreneurs and women as employees. 

Follow this link to find all versions in pdf on the gender resources page of the AgriPoFocus website:

The infographic is made by Too

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Posted By in Women in Horticulture Bootcamp
Posted 11 December 2019 at 06:58

Women in Horticulture Bootcamp 2019 took place at “enhancing the business case of women in horticulture”

Rubavu, 03rd-06th December 2019 – The HortInvest project in partnership with AgriProFocus Rwanda and ICCO Cooperation organized the 2019 Women in Horticulture Bootcamp that took place at Centre d’Accueil St Francois Xavier. The Women in Horticulture Bootcamp aimed to promote the growth of women in the horticulture Sector.

Participants at the Women Bootcamp event were horticultural crop producer organizations, processors, Financial institutions, Fruits trading (individuals&companies), business development services provider , input suppliers, Government institutions (NAEB&RAB), and Private sector federation (PSF, RHIO). The women bootcamp event brought together 30 women from the 6 districts of Southern and Western Province; Muhanga, Ngororero, Karongi, Rutsiro, Nyabihu and Rubavu. During this event, It included inspiration and mindset change sessions followed by agribusiness field visi

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Henry Onyiego Am exporter in horticulture products eg chillies, eggplants, Karella,hot peppers only to mention afew.What are the group main crops growing?

3 years 5 months ago

Marie Aimée INGABIRE Most of them they grow Onions, Garlic, cabbage, Carrot, Eggplant, Cucumber, Cauliflower, Sweet peppers,...

3 years 4 months ago

Allen Ssekindi we also grow passion fruits, carrots, Okra, leaks among others

2 years 10 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 10 December 2019 at 01:08

Opportunity: Call for application-One Planet Fellowship

Deadline: 30.03.2020

One Planet Fellowship seeks to build a vibrant, highly connected and inter-generational network of African and European scientist leaders equipped to use a gender lens to help Africa's small-holder farmers adapt to a changing climate.

Selected candidates will participate in an intensive, three years non-residential, career acceleration in process aimed at fostering leadership skills, strengthening scientific research skills including integrating gender into research, and catalyzing research partnerships and networks.

Interested? Find more details about this application, kindly follow this LINK

jiyenze kini I'm interested madam what should I do

3 years 5 months ago

Neema Alfayo Mollel Hi jiyenze kini kindly click the word LINK for more details 

3 years 5 months ago

jiyenze kini Thank you sister,I've checked but I think I don't qualify for that, I'm just a graduate of diploma in general agriculture ...

3 years 5 months ago