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 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: http://bit.ly/UNDPAnginSurveyBahasa


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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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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Isaac Olowu Excellent idea,I am interested in kili spices,would like use it process our chips and make it available in our country market.look forward to hear from you.

3 days 18 hours ago

Jacqueline Ndambuki This is very inspirational and encouraging for Youth to get involved in entrepreneurship. and i am excited that its a female led organization

3 days 15 hours ago

Baraka Songa So inspirational,congratulation Francisca

3 days 7 hours ago

Victoria Gama Thank you on behalf, i am inviting her to make sign up in our platform!

2 days 21 hours ago

ismael OLOWOLAGBA félicitations

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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 Bank)

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

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (RE-ADVERTIZED)
(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?: https://agriprofocus.com/gender-in-value-chains . 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.

1 week 6 days ago

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

1 week 6 days ago

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:

http://reliefweb.int/report/c-te-divoire/women-agriculture-must-be-facilitated-panel-hears

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 August 2017 at 02:08

Challenging Our Assumptions on How Best to Engage Youth

By Lydia Mbevi

In 2016, I visited northern Uganda to assess the impact on youth of the Resiliency through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition (RWANU) project, funded by USAID’s Office of Food for Peace and implemented by ACDI/VOCA. I often work on assessments like this as the regional gender and youth advisor for ACDI/VOCA. But this assignment caught my eye because I knew that young, local staff in Uganda drove the project.

Uganda has one of the largest youth populations in the world, with 77 percent of Ugandans under the age of 30, so I expected to find that RWANU contributed to the improved livelihoods of young people. The assessment involved an inward look at institutions, practices, and systems and how they have targeted and engaged youth in agriculture.

What I found surprised me, most of all, because of the assumptions I had made. I assumed that young, educated staff knew how to reach and meet the needs of rural youth because of the

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for sharing your story Lydia! Last week our yearly Youth Caravan took place #Agric4youth, with many young people involved. My colleagues Mugisha Richard or Jacob Olanya can tell you more about it! 

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Humphrey Mutaasa we need to make agriculture and Agribisness more 'sexy' so to say. package it in a way that suits the character of the target group, and wave up what they value in order to propel them.

3 weeks 3 days ago

PROVIDENCE HAPPY Thanks for those observations and insights. 

2 weeks 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 28 August 2017 at 02:29

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

(Deadline Friday 8th 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: Finance and Administrative Officer (FAO)

Job summary: The FAO is responsible for the content of budgets of the programs and country budgets as well as overseeing the financial management and administration of the country office.

Re

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29

Closing the Digital Financial Services Gender Gap

Event posted by in Gender in Value Chains
  29 August 2017, 09:00-10:00
  Online - US EDT timezone

SEEP webinar on Closing the Digital Financial Services Gender Gap

Grameen Foundation will replicate a debate held during the 2017 Women's Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum on the best way the close the digital financial services (DFS) Gender Gap. One side will offer the proposition that digital platforms allow for more specialized and focused financial products. Using behavioral economics, our sector should focus on developing products that meet the specific needs of women and the way they manage money. The con side will argue that financial products are all similar, and what we need to focus on is greater financial and digital literacy and increasing equitable household relations.

Read more here. 

To register go here. 



Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 28 August 2017 at 10:21

Tool for assessing the gender-responsiveness of agribusiness initiatives  (continued)

I added more information on my post of last week on the tool for assessing the gender-responsiveness of agribusiness initiatives. I included the link to the post of Clara Bishop with more information on the actual tool on the Practitioner hub for inclusive business https://lnkd.in/gZFKRG9 You will like it! 

Read my previous post here 

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 28 August 2017 at 08:57

SEEP webinar on Closing the Digital Financial Services Gender Gap

Grameen Foundation will replicate a debate held during the 2017 Women's Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum on the best way the close the digital financial services (DFS) Gender Gap. One side will offer the proposition that digital platforms allow for more specialized and focused financial products. Using behavioral economics, our sector should focus on developing products that meet the specific needs of women and the way they manage money. The con side will argue that financial products are all similar, and what we need to focus on is greater financial and digital literacy and increasing equitable household relations.

Read more: 

and register 

Tuesday, Aug 29

9:00 am - 10:00 am

US EDT

sep
21

The Future of Gender in Value Chains

Event posted by in Gender in Value Chains
  21 September 2017, 12:00-14:00
  AgriProFocus Office - Utrecht

For quite some time now, AgriProFocus’ members highlight the importance of gender equality as an objective (#SDG5) in their mission and programmes. Next to that, many focus on gender in their efforts to strengthen farmer entrepreneurs and the agribusiness sector. AgriProFocus has been very active with gender and specifically with gender in value chains, developing and implementing the gender in value chains approach. This has resulted in outputs such as the Gender in Value Chains toolkit and the development of coaching tracks, rolled out in several countries, in collaboration with members and key stakeholders such as F&S Advisory Services, FAO and embassies.

In the new strategic plan of the AgriProFocus network for 2018-2022, inclusive agribusiness is a key theme and gender is a cross-cutting subject and working field. We would like to invite you, as member of AgriProFocus, to help shape the future of this theme within the network, building on your experiences, expertise and needs. Duri

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 26 August 2017 at 09:04

Vacancy Announcement at FARA: Long-Term Consultant - Gender, Youth & Agri-business Specialist


FARA is seeking to engage a Gender, Youth and Agribusiness Consultant to work closely with its core programmes in implementing its MTOP2R

The main purpose of the position is to formulate policy, implement programmes, research and training modules to promote and strengthen the inclusion and mainstreaming of gender, youth and broader social development issues in Agricultural research and development programmes and projects by FARA. Even more interesting, this specialist will be the Regional Coordinator for the African Chapter of the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD).

To view the call for application and for information on how to apply follow the link to YPARD's website.
Deadline for applications is 28th August 2017.

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 25 August 2017 at 11:04

A tool for assessing the gender-responsiveness of agribusiness initiatives

This tool has been developed during a recent study undertaken by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development on women’s empowerment in agribusiness. It can be used by projects and businesses to: (i) analyse their current performance on gender-related activities at the field level and in project management; and (ii) identify future areas for action. With reference to agribusiness initiatives, four main levels of engagement with the gender agenda are distinguished: Do nothing (gender blind or neutral) Do a little (gender equity) Do a lot (gender equality) and Do something different (gender transformative):

According to the tool the main areas of gender inequality in agribusiness are

1. Access to and control over resources and services

2. Skills and knowledge

3. Access to markets and employment opportunities

4. Workloads:

5. Voice and representation

6. Decision-ma

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Angelica Senders Today (28/8) I have added some information to this post: A link to a post on the Practitioner hub for inclusive business on the tool and a link to the document: Women’s Economic Empowerment and Agribusiness: Opportunities for the gender transformative agenda

3 weeks 6 days ago

GEOFREY MTEMBELI Thank you very much Angelica,I have been out of my office for sometime,butnow I am back,keep in touch.

3 weeks 4 days ago

GEOFREY MTEMBELI +255 759 700 125

3 weeks 4 days ago

Angelica Senders Thank you Geofrey

3 weeks 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 22 August 2017 at 09:32

Hello everyone! I am new to this network and excited to connect with you all. My organization is Paper Crown Institute. We focus on gender analysis, training and education. I am a gender specialist working in Rwanda for six years now, emphasizing participatory training workshops and community engagement to transform the social norms that perpetuate gender inequality across numerous sectors. Looking forward to working and collaborating with you all! Please visit our website for more info about what we do:

http://www.paper-crown.org/


Janine Schoeman Welcome Katie, happy to have you here on the platform! We have a dedicated page on Gender that you can visit here: https://agriprofocus.com/gender-in-value-chains

1 month 3 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks Katie, your organization is very helpful for Gender value chain. We will invite you to our upcoming events!In case of any specific questions you can contact us through AgriProFocus Rwanda address (rwanda@agriprofocus.com)

2 weeks 6 days ago

Katie Carlson Thanks Janine Schoeman - I am looking forward to getting more involved! Thacien MUNYAMAHAME - that sounds perfect, we are really hoping to get more involved in gender work within agriculture!

2 weeks 6 days ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 18 August 2017 at 01:24

Gender equality guidelines for project developers

Gold Standard has developed Gender Equality Guidelines and Requirements. This Gold Standard document provides project developers with guidance to securing Gold Standard certification at two levels:

  • Gender Sensitive Requirements (Steps 1-3 of the Guidelines & Requirements) – These represent the addition of latest best practice to Gold Standard’s Safeguarding Principles and Stakeholder Engagement & Consultation Requirements. These additions ensure that, at the process level, Gold Standard Projects are designed and implemented in a way that accounts for gender issues effectively and adheres to latest best practice. The Gender Sensitive Requirements are mandatory for all projects that are part of the Gold Standard for the Global Goals.
  • Gender Responsive Framework (Steps 4-6 of the Guidelines & Requirements) – This section provides the framework for projects to demonstrate their progress and

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 August 2017 at 07:52

FARA is seeking to engage a Gender, Youth and Agribusiness Consultant (end 28 aug)

Main Purpose

To formulate policy, implement programmes, research and training modules to promote and strengthen the inclusion and mainstreaming of gender, youth and broader social development issues in Agricultural research and development programmes and projects by FARA

Duties and responsibilities

Reporting to the Director, Research and Innovation, the successful candidate shall perform inter-alia the following key duties but not limited to:

  • Facilitates the effective integration of gender and broader social development dimensions in FARA core programs, including (i) gender equity and equality, (ii) benefit sharing, (iii) social safeguards, (iv) grievance redress mechanisms with a focus on women, youth and other marginalized groups, and (v) social accountability including good governance.
  • Develops and refine responsive policy elements and inputs for FARA management to consider incorporating in ongoing and planned

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Akibodé Djodji Le FARA cherche à recruter un conseiller en genre, jeunesse et agrobusiness (fin 28 août)Objectif principalFormuler des politiques, mettre en œuvre des programmes, des modules de recherche et de formation pour promouvoir et renforcer l'inclusion et l'intégration des questions de genre, de jeunesse et de développement social dans les programmes et projets de recherche et de développement agricoles par FARADevoirs et responsabilités Relevant du directeur, de la recherche et de l'innovation, le candidat retenu doit exécuter entre autres les fonctions clés suivantes, mais sans s'y limiter:  Facilite l'intégration effective des dimensions du genre et du développement social dans les programmes de base du FARA, y compris (i) l'équité et l'égalité entre les sexes, (ii) le partage des avantages, (iii) les garanties sociales, (iv) les mécanismes de recours en matière de règlement des griefs axés sur les femmes et les jeunes Et d'autres groupes marginalisés, et (v) la responsabilité sociale, y compris la bonne gouvernance. Élaborer et affiner les éléments de politique réactifs et les intrants pour que la direction du FARA envisage d'intégrer les programmes en cours et planifiés.Fournit des conseils stratégiques et techniques à jour pour renforcer la capacité du Secrétariat et des constituants du FARA.  Aider le FARA à concevoir, mettre en œuvre et surveiller des programmes et des projets de recherche et de développement agricoles ayant des dimensions solides en matière de genre, de jeunesse et de développement social; Et contribuer à l'analyse sexospécifique et sociale des données et à la déclaration de l'impact des interventions sur les bénéficiaires ciblesPour plus d'info: http://faraafrica.org/vacancy-announcement-consultant-gender-youth-agri-business-specialist-ref-faraadv-gyagri2017/    

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 15 August 2017 at 10:34

Addressing gender inequality in the tea sector

Does anyone know of organisations working on addressing gender inequalities in the tea sector? 

Thanks

Gemma

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Gemma, maybe my colleagues Caroline van der Molen or Angelica Senders can answer this question for you! 

1 month 1 week ago

Gemma Holloway Thanks Annemarie. Grateful for any info your colleagues can share!

1 month 1 week ago