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 Other Countries
Posted 28 June 2017 at 12:13

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform FAO publication titled Gender Sensitive value chain development. A guiding Framework is now available in Spanish.

You can find the English, French and Spanish version in the FDR and are available at the urls below.

FR: Développer des chaînes de valeur sensibles au genre

ES: Desarrollo de cadenas de valor sensibles al género

EN: Developing Gender-Sensitive Value Chains


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Dorina Prech Many thanks for sharing these Alejandra Safa Barraza! 

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Akibodé Djodji Merci chère Alejandra pour ce partage,ceci vient en complément des outils formidables que nous a transmis Angelica Sanders lors de la formation à Bamako. Nous profitons de l'occasion pour dire à nos membres que Mme  la Ministre de la Promotion de la femme, l'enfant et la famille va participer au débat en ligne via notre plateforme.Le thème du débat mensuel  prévu ce mardi 04 Juillet su la plateforme du Mali est " Autonomisation économique de la femme, défis et perspectives"  N'hésitez  pas à y participer. Nous faisons donc aux expertises de Caroline van der Molen et Angelica Senders pour échanger avec le cabinet du Ministre de la promotion de la femme au Mali. La force du réseau c'est les membres, et la force des membres c'est le réseau. On est ensemble

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Akibodé Djodji


·         Thank you dear Alejandra for this sharing, this comes in addition to the great tools that Angelica Sanders has transmitted to us during the training in Bamako. We would like to take this opportunity to tell our members that the Minister for the Advancement of Women, Children and Families will participate in the online debate via our platform. The theme of the monthly debate scheduled for Tuesday 04 July Platform of Mali is "Economic empowerment of women, challenges and prospects" Do not hesitate to participate. We are therefore doing the assessments of Caroline van der Molen and Angelica Senders to discuss with the Cabinet of the Minister for the Advancement of Women in Mali. The strength of the network is the members, and the strength of the members is the network. We are together

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Amavi Lys AGLINGLO Thanks dear alejandra for sharing

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 June 2017 at 07:36

Meet Up Gender Coaches a success

12, 13 and 14 June 2017 a meet up was held in Kampala Uganda for Gender Coaches from all over the world. Organised by AgriProFocus for the coaches to share experiences, learn from each other and built the Gender Coaches community.

Presentations for but also by the participants, brainstorms were held and creative flip charts were made. There were lots of ideas and suggestions for the future to expand the community of coaches. 

If you want to know more about Gender Coaches trajectories or Gender in general, please contact 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 June 2017 at 01:28

Stay informed on the latest Food & Nutrition Security publications!

Use the Food & Business Knowledge Platform’s Knowledge Portal

To ensure you stay updated on new publications in the field of Food & Nutrition Security, you can now subscribe to the topics of your interest on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform’s Knowledge Portal.

The Knowledge Portal provides you with selected references to knowledge and innovations in the field of Food & Nutrition Security (FNS). Items such as reports, briefs, toolkits and articles are shared in the Portal. Selection criteria for the Portal are defined in the Guidelines, indicating that items should offer innovative insights to FNS professionals, deepen current knowledge and be aimed at poverty reduction. The Knowledge Portal is updated with relevant knowledge items on a regular basis, divided into 6 main topics which consist of several sub-topics. Under the sub-topics annotated references can be found on subjects like nutrition security, urbanizat

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Other Countries
Posted 22 June 2017 at 02:30

VACANCY: Gender Consultant for Gender, Social Inclusion and Conflict Mitigation Assessment and Strategy Development

August –September 2017

Banyan Global is seeking an International Gender Consultant to prepare a Gender, Social Inclusion and Conflict Mitigation Assessment and Strategy Report for the USAID Democratic Republic of Congo – Kivu Value Chain Activity. The USAID-funded Kivu Value Chain Activity will focus on a nutrition-sensitive value chain (VC) and market systems development approach using a combination of technical assistance and capacity building for value chain actors, public-private partnership development, credit facilitation, marketing, and social behavior change communication in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The International Gender Consultant will work in collaboration with Banyan Global’s Gender and Youth Inclusiveness Manager (Congolese national) and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) staff to conduct a gender, social inclusion of conflict miti

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Other Countries
Posted 22 June 2017 at 02:20

Appel à candidature: Spécialiste de l’égalité des genres, des jeunes et de la sécurité alimentaire, République Démocratique du Congo - Kivu, RDC

(Citoyens Congolais exclusivement)

Banyan Global est une société de conseil pour le développement international. La firme dirigée par des femmes est basée à Washington, DC. Banyan Global opère dans six domaines spécialisés : la santé, le financement et l’investissement, le développement d’entreprise, l’égalité des genres, les jeunes, l’évaluation et l’éducation. Depuis 2002, Banyan Global a géré 71 projets dans 46 pays autour du monde.

Banyan Global cherche un(e) Spécialiste en matière d’égalité des genres et des jeunes dans le cadre d’un programme sur la sécurité alimentaire qui sera basé(e) à Bukavu, dans le Sud-Kivu, République Démocratique du Congo, pour un poste de consultant(e) à long terme. Le Spécialiste sera responsable de la direction technique en ce qui concerne l’égalité des genres et

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Meet-Up Gender in Value Chain Coaches

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  12 June 2017 to 14 June 2017 - All Day Event
  Royal Suites Hotel, Kampala, Uganda

This Meet Up event puts the Gender in Value Chain-coach in the spotlight and gives him/her the opportunity to share their experiences with the community of coaches, as well as learn from peers.

During this event we will focus on:

* Sharing experiences as a coach. What are challenges, best practices and lessons learned?
* Sharing expertise that can benefit all coaches
* Sharing new ideas and tools of and for gender in value chain coaches

After completion of this event, we aim that you have:
* Increased your level of expertise: more knowledge, more insights and up to date with new developments.
* Shared your experiences, positive and negative, and learnt lessons from peers that you can use in your daily practice and in the advancement of your career as GVC coach
* Feel more connected to the AgriProFocus community of coaches
* Been inspired, motivated and encouraged to think outside the box and see new opportunities.

Participation is by invitation only. For questions you can contact Caroline van der

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 June 2017 at 03:03

Vacancy - Portfolio Manager - Women in Business

The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) is a US$ 265 million private sector challenge fund that provides catalytic funding to enterprises in 24 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The fund supports innovative commercial businesses in the agribusiness, renewable energy and adaptation to climate change technology sectors with the aim of reducing rural poverty, promoting resilient rural communities and creating jobs through private sector development. We invest in businesses that are seen as “risky” and that struggle to meet traditional risk-return standards for commercial investors and which offer significant impact on poverty alleviation by creating jobs and sustainable incomes.

The AECF was launched at the World Economic Forum as an initiative of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Since 2008, it has been supported by donor governments namely Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, and intern

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 June 2017 at 08:40

An improved relationship leads to a better life

An article by SNV

Hussein Ahmed and Worknesh have been married for more than 20 years. They experienced many problems in their marriage. Now their relationship has improved significantly as a result of their participation in the 'Gender and youth empowerment in horticulture markets' (GYEM) project.

Hussein and Worknesh were selected as champion farmers for the GYEM project. As a part of that, Hussein took part in a training session. SNV brought together champion famers, men and women, from different villages who all experience problems in their household such as alcoholism or domestic abuse.

The champion famers create a vision on what they would like to reach in their lives, such as a car or a better house, and the steps they need to take to realise their dream. As a part of this process, participants discuss their household situation, for example their relationship with their spouse and the division of labour at home, and what changes are neede

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 30 May 2017 at 09:55

Atelier de partage de résultats sur la formation Genre et Chaîne de Valeur Agricole

AgriProFocus –mali a organisé le 23 mai 2017, à la maison du partenariat Angers-Bamako, un atelier de partage des acquis de la formation pour ses membres, dont le thème était ‘’Genre et chaine de valeur agricole, l’objectif de l’atelier : Créer un cadre d’échange entre partenaires et membres du réseau, en vue d’un meilleur partage des résultats obtenus et des leçons apprises.

La cérémonie d’ouverture de cet atelier était présidée par Fousseyni Diakité, représentant du Directeur Régional Adjoint de Icco Coopération Afrique de l’ouest , en présence de Oudou Bengaly coordinateur national du réseau AgriProFocus ,Coumba samboura , Représentante de la coordinatrice du projet karité et de Tidiane Traoré , Directeur Régional Adjoint du Centre de Développement Agro-alimentaire (CDA) .

C’est sur l’intervention du coordinateur national d’AgriProFocus, Oudou bengaly, que la cér

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 22 May 2017 at 03:23

Gender in Value Chain Teaser workshop 

On Friday 12th May 2017, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized a ‘’Gender in Value Chains Teaser Workshop’’ at Umubano Hotel.

This workshop’s objective was to explain to organisations & companies the effects of gender inequality in the agricultural value chains. AgriProFocus combines the fields of gender and value chain development to help organisations and companies improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development.

20 people participated drawn from NGOs (13), private companies (5), knowledge institute (1), and Government institution (1).

This teaser workshop was an introduction to the Gender in Value Chains Coaching Trajectory to inform potential participants of the coaching track, focusing on what the coaching involves and how it can improve your business.

A big thank you to all the participants, we look forward to cooperating more in the upcoming Gender in Value Chain Coaching trajectory.


Gender-responsive Cereals breeding course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  07 August 2017 to 16 August 2017 - All Day Event

Overview of the 2017 GREAT course

The 2017 GREAT course focuses on Gender-responsive Cereal Grain Breeding. GREAT courses have a focus on sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and are offered to multi-disciplinary project teams.

GREAT applied gender training for agricultural researchers offers tailored skills development in gender-responsiveness for the design, implementation, evaluation, and communication stages of agricultural research projects. GREAT courses are tailored to specific agriculture disciplines and value chains, offering gender training linked to practice in agricultural research, targeted to research communities. The courses are designed to balance the depth of theory needed to internalize concepts with practical tools to apply in ongoing projects. GREAT aims to equip research teams with tools and skills to act, and move beyond “gender sensitization.”

Course Objectives

The 2017 Gender-responsive Cereal Breeding course covers the following learning objectives:

  1. Increased understanding of t

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 10 May 2017 at 09:21

BSR: Gender Equality in Codes of Conduct Guidance 

BSR has launched the Gender Equality in Codes of Conduct Guidance to help companies and standards-setting bodies integrate gender equality considerations across nine traditional code of conduct principles, with a specific focus on developing and emerging market-based supply chains. BSR developed this guidance with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and with the technical health-related expertise of the Evidence Project/Meridian Group International, Inc.

With women holding 60 to 90 percent of jobs in the labor-intensive stages of the apparel and fresh produce global supply chains, it would make sense for companies in those industries to consider women’s specific challenges when focusing on ethical supply chain management. However, until now, women have rarely been a focus of such strategies, with businesses either unaware of the issues women face or unsure how to address them—or both.

Moreover, supply chain manag

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 9 May 2017 at 01:53

Re- Advertisement: AgriProFocus Tanzania Seeking a Gender in Value Chain Analysis Consultant

Deadline: 15/05/2017

SNV-Netherlands Development Organization is the lead organization in the implementation of the Inclusive Business in Sunflower Value Chain project with a consortium pf partners namely, Mbeya Sunflower Oil Processors Association(MBESOPA), Jackson Group, Women Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania ( WOPATA) and AgriProFocus Tanzania.

The role of AgriProFocus in the project is to take lead on integrating a gender perspective in the sunflower value chain development. Consequently, AgriProFocus is currently seeking to hire a consultant to carry out an in-depth Sunflower Gender Value Chain analysis aimed at highlighting the specific roles of men and women throughout the value chain, and identify opportunities and challenges to balancing benefits in this chain between men and women. 

Summary of the Assignment

Assignment Name

Gender in Value chain Analysis

Value Chain



To analyse th

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Gender in Value Chains Teaser Workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  12 May 2017, 14:00-17:00

Did you know that your organisation or company could be losing out on business opportunities and profits due to gender inequality in the agricultural value chains you work in?

It doesn't have to be this way.

AgriProFocus combines the fields of gender and value chain development to help organisations and companies improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development.

AgriProFocus invites professionals from agriculture-centered NGO's, donor agencies, farmer organisations, government offices and the private sector to participate in a Gender in Value Chains Teaser Workshop.

This teaser workshop will be an introduction to the Gender in Value Chains Coaching Trajectory to inform potential participants of the coaching track, focusing on what the coaching involves and how it can improve your business.

Participation is by invitation only: If your company/organisation is interested in taking part of this important workshop, please contact Mr. Did

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Salon de l'Entrepreneuriat Féminin de Bamako

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  25 May 2017 to 29 May 2017 - All Day Event

Dans le but de promouvoir l'entrepreneuriat féminin l'agence de communication IMAGE GROUP ,organise du 20 au 24 Mai au palais des sports de Bamako, la première édition du Salon de l'Entrepreneuriat féminin de Bamako. Pour participer à l’événement et réserver un stand veuillez remplir ce formulaire en cliquant sur ce lien DOSSIER EXPOSANT ou Contactez le : 72 72 92 02 / 72 12 72 86 / 66 00 55 25.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 2 May 2017 at 12:20

Concours culinaire à base de karité

Dans le cadre de la célébration de la journée du 8 Mars 2017, la Maison de la Femme et de l’Enfant Rive Gauche et le Programme Karité, ont organisé un concours culinaire le 20 Avril 2017 à 15h00 dans l’enceinte de la structure auquel votre réseau fut invité .C'était sous la présidence du Secrétaire Général du MPFEF (Ministère de la Promotion de la Femme,de l'Enfant et de la Famille).

Cette cérémonie fut l'occasion pour plusieurs associations de femmes et de jeunes filles d'exposées leur savoir faire en technique de confection des foyers améliorés , en savon de karité , en pommade et surtout en plusieurs variétés de plats à base de karité. Une trentaine de plats fut présentée aux membres du jury. 

La coopérative de Bankoumana remporta le 1er prix avec sa sauce rouge servie avec du tôt à base de karité.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Other Countries
Posted 26 April 2017 at 06:32

Développer des chaînes de valeur sensibles au genre 

I am pleased to inform you that FAO publication titled Developing Gender-Sensitive Value Chains has been published in French: Développer des chaînes de valeur sensibles au genre.

The purpose of this publication, part of the FAO series on sustainable food value chain development, is to facilitate the systematic integration of gender equality dimensions into value chain development programmes and projects.

The publication is available at the URLs below:



Posted By in AgriProFocus Other Countries
Posted 26 April 2017 at 06:27

Gender Assessments in Dairy Value Chains

Integrating gender into dairy value chain development.  

FAO has recently published three assessments of  dairy value chains in selected sites in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Kenya.  These assessments are based on evidence gathered through fieldwork complemented by a review of specialized background documentation.  The findings confirm that women's empowerment is vital for sustainable dairy value chain development and that projects supporting dairy production need to increase their efforts to be gender inclusive.  You can find the papers in the links below:

1. “Gender assessment of dairy value chains: evidence from Kenya”.

2. “Gender assessment of dairy value chains: evidence from Ethiopia”

3. “Gender assessment of dairy value chains: evidence from Rwanda”.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 25 April 2017 at 10:23

Hello Agriprofocus community, 

Here is a training opportunity for agricultural researchers who would would want to enable #equitable outcomes. Registration for the #genderresponsive course on Cereal breeding is now open! 

Please find details at



Janine Schoeman Dear Elizabeth, thank you for sharing this on the platform. Would you be so kind to post it as an event? you can do this the same way as you have created this post, but than select the tab 'event'. Please include information about costs, who can register etc in the event post itself. When you post it as an event it will show up in the calendar as well. Kind Regards Janine

1 year 9 months ago

Elizabeth Asiimwe Thank you Janine,

I will post it as an event and include costs, who can register etc...

1 year 8 months ago


Aflatoxins and Extension in Zambia Webinar

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  26 April 2017, 15:30-16:30

Mark your calendars! You are invited to an INGENAES webinar focusing on how agricultural extension services can help support women’s strategies for reducing household exposure to aflatoxins.

Link to Invitation

When: April 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM Central

Time (US and Canada)/15:30 Central African Time (Zambia)

Topic and Background

  • What are the household-level factors that constrain Zambian women farmers’ ability to mitigate aflatoxin contamination of groundnuts?
  • What is the potential role of agricultural extension services (AES) for helping women decrease household mycotoxin exposure?

Dr. Alyson Young (University of Florida) will lead the discussion as we dive into this topic. Aflatoxin contamination of staple crops poses an important risk to nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa. Reducing aflatoxin contamination is complicated by its ubiquity in staple foods and the need for multisectoral approaches to address contamination issues.

This presentation is an overview of research on women’s kn

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