Afrifresh is a leading South African producer and exporter of fresh fruit. The company specializes in table grapes and citrus (grapefruits, oranges, soft citrus and lemons). Afrifresh employs over 1,200 permanent workers and over 4,000 seasonal workers on 12 farms in South Africa. 35% of the permanent and 48,5% of the seasonal workforce are women.
These female workers faced specific constraints because of their gender: e.g. women were assigned traditional ‘women’s’ jobs only and their access to management positions was limited; they were also vulnerable to discrimination and harassment. Afrifresh’s experience shows the business case for creating better work for women. It resulted in access to EU markets for the company and better and consistent quality of production at reduced costs.
Are you curious to know why a gender approach is good for workers, business and the sector, in the case of the Ethiopian flower sector? Read the concrete findings of my colleague Jochem Schneeman.
At global level there is ample and increasing evidence that investing in the female workforce aligns well with business priorities, such as meeting productivity targets, maintaining a strong and stable workforce, increasing labor productivity, compliance with health and safety requirements, and improved worker engagement.
IDH commissioned the study to find out whether such evidence could also be found in the Ethiopian floriculture sector, where gender interventions took place since 2014 by the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) and the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), supported by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and the Floricultur... Read more
As announced in my Monday post of last week I will publish a set of case studies illustrating the business case for gender sensitive business strategies. Today I will share with you the experiences of the partnership of FrieslandCampina and 2SCALE in Nigeria. It shows the business case for recognizing female Fulani as dairy producers.
In Nigeria the 2SCALE programme is bringing in technology, training and market linkages to help the Fulani produce milk on a commercial scale for FrieslandCampina. How to secure the supply of enough milk of good quality turned out to be a challenge. Especially the bacterial contamination of fresh milk was a serious problem to be addressed.
This case shows how initially gender-based constraints of women related to the milk production were overlooked: lack of clean water to clean milking utensils, women not participating in training and the fact that women did not have a say o... Read more
A business case can be defined as a justiﬁcation for an action that is expected to make corporate processes more valuable. If companies are aware of the business case for women’s empowerment, they may be more interested in investing in it.
AgriProFocus and Fair & Sustainable have described a number of cases illustrating the business case for gender equality and women’s empowerment for companies. The cases describe experiences of different types of companies from all over the world. They are meant for staff of companies, and/or organisations working with companies, in the context of sustainable development initiatives.
The cases will allow the professionals to put gender equality concerns on the agenda of businesses by answering the following questions:
• Why is gender inequality a problem for a business?
• What strategies address gender-based constraints?
• What are the beneﬁts for the company and fo... Read more
We know the important role that policies play in addressing the legal, institutional, and market constraints that agricultural market actors face. Teasing out how these laws and regulations affect women agri-entrepreneurs and wage workers can be more complicated, however.
The Feed the Future program Enabling Environment for Food Security project has produced a technical note and a series of blogs on this topic. This post is based on the second blog, authored by Cristina Manfre of Cultural Practice with input from Fintrac Inc. Readers are encouraged to access the first, second, third, and fourth blog posts as well as the technical note.
So, what does an enabling environment that supports women’s profitable participation in agriculture look like? Among other characteristics, it is an environment that:
- Prioritizes the collection and an... Read more
Je suis très heureux de voir que la FAO a récemment annoncé que la publication "Genre et perte de nourriture dans les chaînes de valeur alimentaires durables" est désormais disponible en français. Veuillez trouver ci-joint le résumé en français.
La présente publication vise à aider les décideurs politiques, les concepteurs de projets et les praticiens de terrain à conceptualiser le lien étroit (nexus) qui existe entre l’égalité des sexes et les pertes alimentaires, tout en offrant des conseils pratiques et des outils permettant d’intégrer les considerations de genre dans la planification et la mise en oeuvre d’études, de stratégies de réduction et d’interventions en matière de pertes alimentaires.
En reliant les concepts clés du développement des chaînes de valeur sensibles au genre, avec la problématique des pertes alimentaires, il apparaît que les... Read more
I am very happy to see that FAO has recently announced, that the publication “Gender and food loss in sustainable food value chains” has been translated and is now also available in French and Spanish. Let me start with the abstract in English. Further down you will find the links to the publications in the English, French and Spanish!
This publication aims to help policy-makers, project designers and field practitioners to conceptualize the nexus between gender equality and food loss while offering practical guidance on and tools for integrating gender concerns into the planning and implementation of food loss studies and reduction strategies and interventions.
By linking key concepts from gender-sensitive value chain development and the issue of food loss, it emerges that gender inequalities affect the overall efficiency of the food value chain and generate a poor performance that may cause pro... Read more
This article presents three examples of companies experiencing the benefits of addressing gender in their business strategy. It is based on an interview with Stella Ling, my colleague from Fair & Sustainable Consulting, and me. The article is published in the glossy magazine Making Gender Work, cultivating diversity, of AgriProFocus. Read the magazine for more interesting articles!
Instead of focusing on how women benefit from economic development, the question can be turned around: how does business benefit from including women. Experts of Fair & Sustainable Consulting discuss three cases. Three companies, each playing a different role in the value chain, benefit from actively engaging women in their business.
Companies can have different roles in agricultural value chains: buyer, input supplier, or employer. All types of company can benefit from including women in their businesses, in many differe... Read more
Three years ago, Plan Nederland organised the conference Investing in Girls: good for business! At that meeting, eight internationally operating Dutch companies expressed their commitment to step up their investments in vocational training and the creation of more and better jobs for girls and young women. Simply because it is the morally right and economically smart thing to do.Despite a strong business case and clear international frameworks, far too many companies continue to shy away from fully integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment principles into their business strategies and practice. Even those companies that fully embrace these goals find it difficult to effectively prevent and address gender-related rights violations.
For this reason Plan has produced a very interesting report providing practical guidance to companies on how to promote the rights of girls and young women throughout t... 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:
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
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
A new initiative to support private sector actors to grow their agricultural businesses in an inclusive and gender-responsive way.
Under the competitive initiative, SNV provides advisory services, mentoring and financial support to private sector actors operating in agriculture, including small and medium enterprises and cooperative groups/production units, to develop, enhance and roll-out innovative gender-responsive inclusive business ideas. Gender-responsive inclusive businesses generate profit for the private sector actors by bringing women into the core business of the company as employees, producers, distributors and/or customers. Profit is generated by increased quality and productivity in the business or the creation of new untapped markets. At the same time, the benefits for women include opportunities for jobs and leadership positions, increased income, increased resilie... Read more
I added more information on my post of last week on the tool for assessing the gender-responsiveness of agribusiness initiatives. I included the link to the post of Clara Bishop with more information on the actual tool on the Practitioner hub for inclusive business https://lnkd.in/gZFKRG9 You will like it!
Grameen Foundation will replicate a debate held during the 2017 Women's Economic Empowerment Global Learning Forum on the best way the close the digital financial services (DFS) Gender Gap. One side will offer the proposition that digital platforms allow for more specialized and focused financial products. Using behavioral economics, our sector should focus on developing products that meet the specific needs of women and the way they manage money. The con side will argue that financial products are all similar, and what we need to focus on is greater financial and digital literacy and increasing equitable household relations.
Tuesday, Aug 29
9:00 am - 10:00 am
This tool has been developed during a recent study undertaken by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development on women’s empowerment in agribusiness. It can be used by projects and businesses to: (i) analyse their current performance on gender-related activities at the field level and in project management; and (ii) identify future areas for action. With reference to agribusiness initiatives, four main levels of engagement with the gender agenda are distinguished: Do nothing (gender blind or neutral) Do a little (gender equity) Do a lot (gender equality) and Do something different (gender transformative):
1. Access to and control over resources and services
2. Skills and knowledge
3. Access to markets and employment opportunities
5. Voice and representation
6. Decision-ma... Read more