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 Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 6 December 2017 at 12:33

United States Department of State Professional Fellows Program—Advancing Young Women Agribusiness Entrepreneurs and Innovators: A Tanzania-Kenya-Uganda-U.S. Partnership

The goal of the Fellows Program is to build fellows’ capacity and skills in agro-entrepreneurship and agri-food system innovation and for them to learn about issues of women’s economic empowerment. Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan fellows will develop their leadership capacity and professional skills through a fully funded four-week fellowship program in the United States.

The four-week U.S. program will include a professional internship with Michigan organizations focused on agriculture, innovation, agro-entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment and additional seminars and trainings with professionals from Michigan State University and throughout the state of Michigan.

The Advancing Young Women Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Profes

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Victoria Gama Thanks for sharing Dorina Prech

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Anne Marie Kortleve Cool! Did you share on social media as well?

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Dorina Prech Yes Anne Marie Kortleve, please share it from your end too. Thanks

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 5 December 2017 at 08:27

Women’s World Banking; Best Practices in Serving Low-Income Women

With support from the Metlife Foundation, Women’s World Banking documented best practices in serving low-income women profitably and sustainable. Debuted at the Making Finance Work for Women Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, these four best practices are based on our experiences working with three institutions: Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (India), Compartamos Banco (Mexico) and Lead Foundation (Egypt). WWWB shares these practices with the industry to enable more financial institutions to serve low-income women and help accelerate financial inclusion for low-income women around the world. The best practices with catchy lessons learned can be found via this link . They are organised according to the following key topics:

  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Customer Centricity
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Data Collection

Do  not forget to Watch this video on YouTube summarizing the main lesson

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Waow!Nice article, happy to see sustainability of relevant projects in many developing countries! Thanks for sharing Angelica Senders!

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Nicole Metz Thanks Angelica, interesting to see there is a process to find better financial services, that work for women. The video misses a 'gender' perspective however, unfortunately.

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Start course: Organised Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 September 2018, All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.

Improving farmers’ performance and business relations

This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • be familiar with state-of-the-art thinking about farmer entrepreneurship, famers' or

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 1 December 2017 at 08:13

Gender in advisory services

Hi all, I found this module in the New Extensionist Learning Kit at the G-FRAS website. The Learning Kit contains 13 modules designed for self-directed, face-to-face, or blended learning and can be a useful tool for ao individual extension field staff, managers, lecturers and non-governmental organisations, and other training institutions.

Module 12: Gender in Advisory Services

In order to deliver on their mandates and contribute to positive change, extensionists need a well developed understanding of, and the skills necessary to address critical issues around gender in rural livelihoods. Men and women, young and old, all play vital roles in rural livelihoods, but assumptions are often made about who does what and who makes the decisions. These details of gender and decision making are critical to targeting efforts and helping everyone involved in rural livelihoods and agriculture benefit from innovations and improved technologies.

Every module has

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PETER KOLAWOLE Sir I want you to be my mentor

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Wim Goris Hi Peter, thank you for your interest. I recommend you a) complete your profile with respect to gender and value chanins and b) look for others interested in the topic near you. The point is you can then search for 'gender nigeria' .    

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PETER KOLAWOLE Thank you sir

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 November 2017 at 09:08

Working towards making agricultural service providers more responsive to female farmer’s specific needs…

The case of Amarin Financial Group, a business development service provider in Uganda

During the training of coaches organized by AgriProFocus-Uganda in Kampala from Nov. 20 to 23, the group of trainees met with service providers to undertake an organizational scan. This guided self-assessment aims at determining if and how service providers meet the specific needs of female farmers working in different value chains. Although value chain support services are usually business-oriented and for-profit organizations, they acknowledged the relevance of looking at their internal capacities to deliver gender responsive services and reach-out to a female client-base.

According to Kevin Asinde, MD of Amarin Financial Group and Kathryn Harrison, Director of Impact Analysis, female small-scale business owners tend to lack the “entrepreneurial” mind set and skills in financial mana

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Angelica Senders Thanks Jacqueline for sharing this experience from the AgriProFocus training for gender in value chain coaches. Good to hear that tools you (as the trainer) have presented during the training are appreciated and will be used! 

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Mugisha Richard Thank you Jacqueline for sharing this experience. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 November 2017 at 08:13

15 new Gender Coaches!

From November 20 to 23, 2017, AgriProFocus Uganda held its second international training of coaches in gender and value chain development in Kampala, Royal Suites. The fifteen participants came from Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Myanmar and Uganda. The training aimed at imparting coaching and gender mainstreaming skills to practioners working in value chain development. This will enable them undertake coaching of their teams or take up assignments within AgriProFocus network of national and international coaches. 

Among the participants, five partners of UTZ, the certification organization, wished to polish their gender and mainstreaming knowledge and skills in order to ensure women coffee producers get a fair share of the benefits accruing from this activity.

AgriProFocus’ main innovation through this TOT and its tailor-made coaching is to combine coaching principles with both gender mainstreaming theories and tools and systemic approaches to V

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 28 November 2017 at 09:30

Gender in Value Chain Coaches Training from Uganda

During 20~23 November 2017, AgriProFocus conducted Gender in Value Chain Coaches training in Kampala, Uganda. Altogether 15 people have been trained as Gender Coaches for value chain development during 4 days training. The participants are from Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The objectives of the training are 1) developing gender-mainstreaming capacities; 2) developing coaching skills and 3) reaching more equitable, inclusive & performed value chains. The training covered the following skills –

Gender based analysis at different levels
Gender sensitive strategic planning and design of gender sensitive action plans to address gender based constraints at different levels
Gender sensitive M&E
Peer-advice and coaching to solve gender & value chain related issues

Jacqueline Terrilon, who is an experienced gender consultant & coach, facilitated the training. The training covered gender & gender mainstr

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Theint Yadanar Zaw Wow! I hope you had a precious memory on it. Congratulation!

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Zaw Htet Aung Thanks Ma Theint! :) 

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for sharing your story Zaw Htet Aung and a very nice picture of the group! What will be your next steps? What kind of 'gender' activities will you deploy in Myanmar? Curious to find out!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 November 2017 at 09:54

Hi Everyone, I am Asimenye Chitika a recent participant of the just concluded Gender in Value chains coaches training in Kampala. I am from Malawi, working with Dan Church Aid as the Right to Food Programme Officer.  The training was such an enlightening experience for me, learning the so many tools that will help us uncover how best we can make value chains more gender responsive was priceless. Value chains will never be the same again in my organisation:), I am looking forward to applying the knowledge I gained and providing updates on the progress made. Thank you Agri Pro Focus until next time

Janine Schoeman Dear Asimenye Chitika and Musariri Diza, thank you for sharing your experiences. Hope to see you active on the platform sharing your experiences. If you need assistance with this you can always contact me or Richard Mugisha. Let's expand the gender community together!

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Janine Schoeman Dear Michael Kisa, we do not have an office in Israel or neighboring country. Have not heard of the course you mention, am afraid it's out of our region really. 

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Tatah Susan Hi, I am new here and  find the discussions extremely informative and educative. I am organizing GAIEXPO - German African International Expo from 9 - 12 August  2018 in Tübingen, University town in southern region of the federal republic Germany. Registration is open to all interested companies, organizations, Ngo´s ...worldwide. The focus country is  the republic of Tanzania,  Theme of the 4days Expo is " Agriculture, agribusiness, finance & Development"           Website:, visit our page and do not hesitate to contact us for more information

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PETER KOLAWOLE Please when next training coming up I miss the last because of my financial status

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Caroline van der Molen Dear Peter, we don't have a date for future trainings. Once we are organizing a new training, we will post it here on the online platform.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Other Countries
Posted 27 November 2017 at 09:14

La femme dans l’agriculture à Masisi

De ces jours, plusieurs études ont été menées en Afrique en général, en RD Congo en particulier sur l’intégration du genre dans le développement, et surtout dans l’agriculture. Quand au Nord-Kivu, dans le Territoire de Masisi en particulier, il a été constaté que plus au moins 51,84% de la population sont des femmes, et presque toutes sont impliquées dans l’agriculture.

Interrogée sur la question, Madame Jackie Mukandirwa, mère de dix enfants, paysanne de Loashi, un village de Masisi a déclaré : « Moi et mon mari entretenons seuls notre champs, il m’aide à défricher le terrain, ensuite nous effectuons le labour ensemble. Lors du semis je le fait seul aidée par d’autres femmes du village car à leur tour je les aide aussi. Qquand nous avons récolté, les enfants et moi transportons les produits du champ à la maison, parfois aider par mon mari lors qu’il est disponible. Moi seul, je m’occupe de la vente de nos

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 27 November 2017 at 07:09

Auspiciousness to you all!

I'm Zaw Htet from Myanmar, now starting to work as a gender consultant for APF Myanmar Team. Nice to contact with you all.

Zaw Htet

Bente Meindertsma Welcome Zaw Htet! Looking forward to work with you

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Zaw Htet Aung Thanks Bente, glad to have opportunities to work with you. I got no problem to log in now.

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Janine Schoeman Hi Zaw, welcome on the platform and more so the AgriProFocus team:)

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Zaw Htet Aung Hello Janine, thanks a lot.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 November 2017 at 08:07

Gender Training of Coaches in Kampala, 20th -23rd November, 2017

It was clear that Gender is not all about the deference between men and women but the relationship between the roles and behaviors of men and women. The training is being  facilitated by Jacqueline Terrillon, a senior Gender coach from France. 

The participants were told that, they need to be innovative as they facilitate coaching sessions in their respective communities. Because it was noted that, innovation is a key survival factor in the a world where the only constant is change. Gender mainstreaming was found to be very important because it reduces cases of gender based violence.  

This training takes care of very important areas including; 

-Gender and value chain concepts - theories

-Gender based analysis and planning

-Developing gender sensitive strategies in VCD

-Gender sensitive monitoring and evaluation

-Use of practical gender tools

-Coaching principles and methods

-Peer advice  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 November 2017 at 06:46

Today marks the beginning of the Training of Gender Coaches in Kampala. It is aimed at developing gender mainstreaming capacities of future coaches. 

The training brings together across section of participants from Kenya,  Tanzania, Rwanda,Zimbabwe, Malawi,  Myanmar, France and Uganda. 

Right here participants introducing themselves. 

Anne Marie Kortleve Good luck with the training Richard! let us know the outcomes :)

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Asimenye Chitika I was there, from malawi

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

Making the case for Gender in Agrifood Value Chains

Members of AgriProFocus inspired for joint action 

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

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

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

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Adria NYIRANSENGIYUMVA i am interested in gender in value chains and i want to know more about it.

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Nicole Metz Hi Adria, good to hear you are interested. Please visit the pages with the work of our network on Gender in Value Chains, to start with! If you have particular ideas or questions, feel free to post them!

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


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

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

Solidaridad with fu

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

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

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Paschal Nyabuntu With thanks.

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


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

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

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

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

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

"In order to succeed in

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Israel akyoo some how helpfull

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

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

Integrating behavioral change to accelerate Women's Economic Empowerment 

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

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

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

To get a better understanding

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Israel akyoo good balance in gender

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

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

Become a gender coach!

Register now for the Training of Coaches

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

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

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Paul Marivate I would love to participate in the training but I am experiencing some financial constraints. I am currently unemployed and have no income revenue streams for my projects that involves assisting the emerging and subsistence farmers in South Africa 

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Takele Teshome Dear AngelicaThis Takele Teshome (former SNVer when you were in Ethiopia). I am interested to join the Gender coach training. Gender was my minor course when I did my Masters degree at the University of Reading, UK. I can also share my practical experience in the fieldTakele

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Fifth Network Thematic Discussion – COMING!

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

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

Transforming gender inequality in agriculture: promising methodologies

Date: Friday November 3rd 2017 13:30 start

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

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

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

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

Infographie: Cadre d'autonomisation économique des femmes

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

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

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

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

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

Infographic: Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework

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

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

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

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

1 year 3 months ago

Paul Marivate I need more info to assist our emerging women farmers in South Africa 

1 year 1 month ago

Angelica Senders Dear Paul have you had a look at the gender in value chain page of this platform: . You can find there all kind of resources: (downloadable) publications, video's, an online course (3 e-modules) and a directory of coaches to assist you. I wish you success in assist women farmers in South Africa 

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Paul Marivate Thanks.

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