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.
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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... Read more
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:
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:
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.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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
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... Read more
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
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.
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... Read more
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 (www.solidaridadnetwork.org/regions/east-and-central-africa).
Solidaridad with fu... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more