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 Netherlands
Posted 8 February 2018 at 08:13

Four ways to include a gender lens in your evaluation 

FSG: Four Ways to Incorporate a Gender Lens in Your Measurement and Evaluation Efforts

Across the social sector, we have seen growing interest in bringing a gender lens to social change—from foundations and nonprofits aligning to the Sustainable Development Goals to businesses looking to create shared value. As organizations deepen their gender-related programming and companies invest in gender equity, there is one question that is inevitably raised: how do we measure that?

The first thing to know about gender-sensitive measurement is that it doesn’t just apply to programs that have an explicit gender focus. It’s something that becomes a foundational aspect of an organization’s measurement and evaluation approaches across its portfolio, enabling it to address inequities in how programs are rolled out and influence different groups.....

Read more about this blog written by FSG on their website

Posted By in Publications and Resources
Posted 6 February 2018 at 04:13

Read how attitudes and social norms practiced in every-day life affect women’s economic empowerment in Vietnam in the summary of findings of a Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) Study conducted under SNV's 'Enhancing Opportunities for Women's Enterprises' (EOWE) programme:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 February 2018 at 03:50

Boosting women’s entrepreneurship in Kenya through facilitated household dialogues

“Before, I really thought that only employed people would prepare a planning and budget for farming businesses”, says Agnes Nyaruai, a small scale trader from Laikipia County in Kenya. Last six months, Mrs. Agnes and her husband participated in facilitated household dialogues in which they discussed around gender norms within their household and the community and learned how changes in these gender norms could enhance the success of their business. The facilitated household dialogues were organised under SNV’s ‘Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises’ (EOWE) programme that is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands.

The household dialogues were implemented by local partners of SNV in eight arid and semi-arid counties in Kenya. In a six-month period, a total of 153 households participated in the 12 dialogue sessions to reflect on three key gender norms: time-use, control o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 February 2018 at 12:38

Are you a mid-career horticulture, livestock or forestry professional? Do you want to enhance your knowledge in your area of expertise and develop management skills at a strategic level? At Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences we offer the one-year postgraduate Master Agricultural Production Chain Management. This MSc is eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) scholarship.
Apply for this MSc programme before 28th February 2018 to be able to apply for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) scholarship.

More information about Van Hall Larenstein's international graduate programs here:…/3713…/Brochure-Masters-VHL-20182019

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hi Karen, thanks so much for your posting, we will spread the words! keep on posting!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 February 2018 at 07:59

Am Renalda Lema, an energetic, enthusiastic and highly motivated Tanzanian national. Working for Centre for the Advancement of Women in Agriculture in Tanzania (CAWAT)—As Coordinator. CAWAT, a vibrant and dynamic multicultural organization involved in people-centered development programs and advocacy.

The Centre for Advancement of Women in Agriculture Tanzania (CAWAT) is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Its Goal is: ‘Local capacity developed to sustain women’s empowerment in agriculture and food security in Tanzania. Its creation was the overarching strategy of the Innovations in Gender Equality (IGE’s) to Promote Household Food Security Program. CAWAT was created as strategy to sustain IGE’s mission when the lifetime of IGE comes to an end. A sustainability plan for IGE USAID project, which was on operation from 2012 to 2017 to enforce the adaptation of energy serving technologies to women engaged in agriculture in Tanzania. CAWAT is a coordinated, multi-stak

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Hilda Okoth Hi Renalda. Welcome to the AgriProFocus online platform where professionals in the agrifood sector meet to network, learn from each other and exchange expertise. We also have a very vibrant gender in agriculture value chains network that I would recommend you follow as well as share your work on gender there.Please tag gender in posts related to gender in value chains.It would be nice to also open a organizational profile for CAWAT to give it more visibility and you can use the information in this post and of course more to let other learn about CAWAT. You can do this by editing your profile and clicking the add organization tab on your left.Please let me know if you need any assistance on how to use this platform and more information about AgriProFocus.Regards,Hilda

11 months 2 weeks ago

Renalda Godwin Thank you Hilda. have send you an email.

11 months 2 weeks ago


AAPC 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  14 February 2018 to 16 February 2018 - All Day Event

AAPC is an annual flagship event organized by the Policy Analysis Group (PAG), an informal and voluntary group with members working on agricultural policy projects and initiatives, academia and local and international policy think tanks. Established in 2013, the group has 20 members and provides a platform for sharing information on policy research and activities so as to enhance coordination, collaboration and synergy. PAG also aims at ensuring consistency in policy messaging.

Theme: Integrating Food and Nutrition Security into Economic Transformation and Industrialization Agenda in Tanzania

The fourth edition of AAPC will look at how key reform implementers of Tanzania’s agricultural sector are delivering under six key pillars relevant to the theme of the conference. These include: 1) Agricultural Sector Policy, (2) Agricultural Trade and Marketing, (3) Enabling Environment for Private Sector Investment, (4) Agricultural Land Access Dynamics & Land Tenure Policy (5) Access to Finance an

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 31 January 2018 at 01:42

AgDevCo, UK based impact investor that finances African agribusinesses, recently published a case study on empowering women in outgrower schemes. 

The study showcases best practices to promote women’s economic empowerment in outgrower schemes. It derives practical lessons from SDU-supported outgrower schemes and other successful outgrower schemes of AgDevCo’s investees, and links these to ten underlying principles of success (for example, ensure women benefit from training).

I visited the majority of companies last year to test out a gender toolkit we (Fair & Sustainable and AgriProFocus) made for AgDevCo. This toolkit will be available for sharing later this year. 

Download the document here

Janine Schoeman Thanks for sharing Els!

11 months 2 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Many thanks for sharing this Els Rijke! I am sharing this to our social media followers. Looking forward to the toolkit later in the year! Best, Dorina

11 months 2 weeks ago

Abraham Kamalamba iam interested to get more details on the tookit

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 25 January 2018 at 11:24

Appel à candidatures: Business Advisor (Parakou)

Etes-vous un professionnel du marketing de la nutrition?

Croyez-vous à l'économie informelle et voulez- vous contribuer à sa structuration?

Aimez-vous travailler sur le terrain proche des communautés?

Etes-vous du Borgou et bénéficiez-vous d'un réseau fort sur place?

Alors ce poste est peut-être fait pour vous! Candidature féminine appréciée!

Pour plus de détails, cliquez ici ou copiez le lien ci-apres et coller le dans votre navigateur:

La date limite de dépot des candidatures est le 9 février 2018

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 25 January 2018 at 11:11

Appel à candidatures: Senior Business Advisor (Cotonou)

Plus que 4 jours pour déposer sa candidature au poste de Nutrition Senior Business Advisor. Un poste à responsabilité pour un maximum d'impact! Candidature féminine appréciée!

Pour plus de détails, cliquez ici  ou copier le lien ci-après et colle-le dans votre navigateur :


Unveiling Rift valley's Black Gold on 1st & 2nd Feb 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  01 February 2018 to 02 February 2018 - All Day Event
  Kipkelion Coffee Mill Fort Ternan, Kericho & Kapkiyai Cooperative Society, Tinderet Nandi Hills

Fairtrade Africa in partnership with Solidaridad and Fairtrade Foundation will introduce and sell FOR THE FIRST time in Kenya Coffee grown and sold by our smallholder mothers and daughters from Kabng'etuny & Kapkiyai Women in Coffee Associations in Kericho and Nandi Counties respectively - called ZAWADI COFFEE. We shall also unveil Rift valley's hidden gem from 32 coffee cooperative societies affiliated to Kipkelion District Union Coffee Mill for sale in Kenya - called KIPKELION UNION CHAMPION COFFEE! These two products have been developed jointly with the coffee farmers and host communities towards adding value to a crop traditionally destined for export under a a 3-year Fairtrade Africa's project called 'Growing Women in Coffee' (March 2015 -February 2018) funded by The Big Lottery Fund, Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission, Jersey Overseas Aid Commission and Dutch Postcode Lottery. We invite all to celebrate with us as we make history in Kenya! Fairtrade Africa in partnership with Solid

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:07

Gender equality and inclusiveness awareness 

The SEAD project contributes to the mainstreaming of gender equality and increasing gender sensitiveness in (the management of) curriculum development, training of trainers, applied research and outreach services. In November 2017 a mission was organized to update the status on gender activities of the beneficiary institutions and to make recommendations for follow-up actions to be conducted under SEAD.

Experts involved were Roberte Isimbi local gender expert from Fate Consulting specialized in mainstreaming gender, training and awareness raising, Adriana van Ommering, Mott MacDonald project director and senior consultant with years of gender equality experience in African projects and Simone Langhorst, senior consultant and gender expert of Q-point, a Dutch based consultancy firm involved in capacity building in Africa.

To determine general problems in implementation of gender policies and to determine possibilities for crosscutting support th

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Anne Marie Kortleve Nice to see that the SEAD program also addresses gender aspects. Are you known with the networks gender in value chains programme? You can check: for more info. Would love it if we could share knowledge there, also around your project. My colleague Caroline van der Molen can tell you more!

12 months 2 days ago

Adriana van Ommering Thanks Anne-Marie for bringing this to our attention. I will have a look a the news from the gender network in Agriprofocus.

11 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Access to Finance Indonesia
Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:05

Study on Women’s Entrepreneurship and Access to Finance in Indonesia

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia just released a report titled “Women’s Entrepreneurship and Access to Finance: Challenges and Opportunities of Women-led Social Enterprises in Indonesia”. It was produced in partnership with Angel Investment Network Indonesia (ANGIN) and financially supported by the Government of Canada.

Investing in women entrepreneurs has been a hot topic over the past few years due to its win-win outcome; not only in social context but also from the economics point of view. Aligned with recent study on women entrepreneurs by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) which found that the repayment rate of women entrepreneurs is better, our recent study revealed that women entrepreneurs we interviewed do not have any difficulty in repaying loan; in fact they are more proactive and cultivate closer relationships with their financial b

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 December 2017 at 06:27

Using a gender lens to address critical issues in rural areas: The illustrated gender and youth toolkit

2SCALE works in 9 countries of West and Eastern Africa and seeks to foster women’s participation by setting a 40% target in the agribusiness clusters they support. Partnership facilitators working within the program and their partners organizations, the Business support services, need to find innovative strategies to reach this target of female participation.

To ensure this, the first step is understanding the specific context in which they operate at cluster level. Using adapted versions of the Harvard gender analysis framework[1] is an effective way to do this. However, facilitators face different challenges using these tools. 2SCALE with the support of a gender consultant, developed an illustrated toolkit adapted from the Harvard framework. It was designed in collaboration with Mango Tree, an organization based in Uganda. The prototype was tested in several countries in W

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 December 2017 at 04:40

NEW Policy Brief: Gender equality in climate change adaptation and disaster resilience in Vietnam

Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) are vital to Vietnam’s sustainable development and long-term resilience. The poor and vulnerable, particularly women, children and elderly, experience disproportionate impacts of climate change. To raise awareness and highlight the importance of gender equality in climate and disaster resilience in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, SNV Vietnam jointly initiated and developed a policy brief together with UN Women, UNDP, CARE and Oxfam in Vietnam. In November 2017, SNV introduced the policy brief at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, to highlight the important intersection of climate change, disaster resilience and gender at the global platform.

The policy brief addresses key issues of gender inequality in CCA and DRR with the intention of strengthening gender equality in policies and plans and their implementation. It draws on t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 December 2017 at 04:01

I would love to talk to anyone who has done gender work on mung beans, including if possible with respect to mechanical harvesting.

I will be examining this issue in relation to mung bean in Myanmar and Bangladesh, with colleagues of course. Would be super to chat.

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Cathy, I don;t think we have specific experience in mung beans/mechanical harvesting, but my colleagues Caroline van der Molen or Angelica Senders know a lot about our general gender in value chains appraoch and might be able to help you further. Good luck with your work!

1 year 3 weeks ago

Cathy Rozel Farnworth Thank you!I would also appeal to colleagues with experiences of how mechanization in general affects gender roles etc.

1 year 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 December 2017 at 06:40

Agriculture takes a leap forward at Bonn Climate Talks

UNDP-FAO Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) Programme highlights need for sectoral adaptation planning

Bonn, Germany – The signature decision on agriculture coming out of this year's climate talks in Bonn, called the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, provides a new opportunity to address how climate change impacts on agricultural production have put millions of lives and livelihoods at risk worldwide.

"This bold landmark decision brings agriculture to the forefront of the international climate change agenda, and looks directly at important issues such as assessing adaptation and mitigation benefits of agriculture, improving soil health, nutrient management and livestock systems, and addressing the socio-economic and food security issues associated with climate change in the agriculture sectors," said Julia Wolf, Natural Resource Officer and Coordinator from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the Un

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 December 2017 at 03:56

How to boost women entrepreneurship?

This question was addressed during a National Platform organised on December 14th by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in Vietnam. The Platform connected and facilitated knowledge exchange between women entrepreneurs, policy makers & local governments. 

The Platform also marked the official kick-off of the National Women-led Business Start-up Programme (NWBSP), which aims to support women in business start-up and innovation in 63 provinces in Vietnam. The Programme will be implemented by the Vietnam Women’s Union between 2017 and 2025, with support from international and governmental organisations, enterprises and local partners. 

 #FlowNL #EOWE #SDG5 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 15 December 2017 at 02:08

Encourager les pères à participer activement à une meilleure nutrition

Souvent, quand on parle de sexe et de l'agriculture, nous discutons des moyens d'accroître la participation des mères à la croissance des aliments nutritifs afin qu'ils puissent nourrir leurs familles ou utiliser les revenus de la vente des récoltes excédentaires pour acheter des aliments sains. Mais le genre doit être plus que sur les femmes. Comment pouvons-nous encourager les hommes et les pères à mieux soutenir leurs partenaires afin d'assurer les meilleurs résultats de la récolte et de la nutrition?

Un projet de nutrition multisectorielle a été développé par l' USAID, entre autres par le renforcement des partenariats, les résultats et innovations en matière de nutrition. À l' échelle mondiale (PRINTEMPS) , fait la promotion de la participation des hommes au Niger est par vidéo communautaire.

Lien vers la vidéo (10 minutes, langue locale, avec sous-titres): https://yo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 December 2017 at 08:40

Online course on 'Gender-Sensitive Value Chain'

Join a free online course on 'Gender-Sensitive Value Chain' offered by the joint of FAO and UNITAR (United Nation Institute for Training and Research) on February, 12th to March, 09th 2018. 

The course will be conducted in English language only, you can register HERE.

Application deadline is January, 26th 2018. Remember the course is free of charge therefore first come first served. And there are limited chances available and will be subject to selection process by FAO. Please register early to be considered. 

Read more about the course through this LINK.

Photo Courtesy: FAO 

Jean Wilson TWIZERIMANA I Am Twizerimana jea Wilson from university of RWANDA IN college of agriculture ,environmental and veternary medecine,i was attendend 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival took place at Nyagatare Campus, and then i become inspired,i got many things, i really thank you for your mission which is to  promote youth engaged in agriculture.

1 year 1 month ago

PETER KOLAWOLE Thank you for sharing this information

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 December 2017 at 12:10

How the European Union joins trade dynamism with sustainable development

Embedding a multilateral approach is pivotal to the EU’s ethos on trade and sustainable development

See interesting blog, link:

Extract: The European Union (EU) is at the vanguard of marrying the values of sustainable development with the economic engine of trade. Through the incorporation of comprehensive commitments on environmental and labour provisions in all its bilateral trade agreements the EU aims to build free and fair trading relationships. This is a reflection of EU determination to strengthen and uphold the international community’s journey that began with the Millennium Development Goals and the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and has culminated with the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mapping across

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