The e-discussion “Make financial markets work for women” on the platform empowerwomen.org was co-organized by UN Women and the University of Oxford Saïd Business School from 14 May to 6 June 2014.
The objectives of the e-discussion were to bring attention to issues around women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment. Participants were encouraged to share good practices and gender-responsive innovations in the financial sector, suggest recommendations for policy, programmes and partnerships to enable and incentivize women’s financial inclusion, and provide inputs in preparation for the 2014 Power Shift Forum.
Summary of e-discussion:
Je suis de retour aux Pays-Bas, l'atelier de lancement de la trajectoire genre et chaînes de valeur au Mali était un succès, c’était une plaisir de faciliter le processus! Tous les participants travaillent dans des programmes de développement des chaînes de valeur (le Karité, l'oignon, le poisson, le sésame, etc.). Les participants étaient tous très enthousiastes et dynamiques, l'ambiance était très bonne! Tous sont motivés à appliquer l'approche sensible au genre et d'appliquer les outils qu'ils viennent d’apprendre dans cet atelier. Dans ce processus ils seront appuié par leur coach monsieur Yacouba Sidibe. Je leur souhaite bonne chance!
I am back in the Netherlands, the kick off workshop of the gender in value chain coaching track in Bamako Mali was a great success! It was a pleasure to facilitate the process. All the participants work in value chain development progr... Read more
Ce week-end je vais voyager au Mali pour l' atelier de lancement du trajectoire de coaching organisé par Agri-ProFocus au Mali. Je suis vraiment impatient d'y être!
Afin que l’appui au développement des chaînes de valeur bénéficie aux hommes comme aux femmes, le réseau AgriProFocus Mali organise une trajectoire d’apprentissage et de coaching d’une durée de neuf mois. Cette trajectoire de coaching a pour objectif de fournir un appui personnalisé et sur le tas à des professionnels du développement afin de renforcer leurs capacités.
La trajectoire démarrera avec un atelier de lancement du 27 - 29 Juillet, 2015. L'atelier combinera l'introduction des outils avec une formation pratique sur l'application des outils et des approches
This weekend I will travel to Mali for the kick off workshop of a gender in value chain coaching trajectory. I am really looking forward t... Read more
The extreme workload of women is one of the gender based constraints hindering agricultural development in many countries. Reducing the burden of women however is easier said than done. This FAO study can be useful for practitioners motivated to design work reduction strategies for women in their agricultural programs.
Based on a broad literature review, this publication discusses rural women’s time poverty in agriculture, elaborates on its possible causes and implications and provides insight into the various types of constraints that affect the adoption of solutions for reducing work burden. This paper raises questions about the adequacy of women’s access to technologies, services and infrastructure and about the control women have over their time, given their major contributions to agriculture. It also looks into the available labour-saving technologies, practices and servic... Read more
In this very interesting article Mahamadou Nantoumé the representing director of Toguna SA, the largest company within the agricultural inputs industry in Mali and key player in the onion agribusiness cluster supported by 2SCALE argues "doing business with women is not a matter of gender sensitivity…. doing business with women better secures your investment. Many projects approach the issue of the inclusion of women in a perspective of equality between men and women. I do not think this is an effective strategy….. What we should do, in my opinion, is to demonstrate the economic benefits of doing business with women."
In the article on 2SCALE website he supports this argument with experiences from his business in selling onion seeds and fertilizers (over the last two seasons more than 28 million F CFA on fertilizer and more than 17 million on seeds). A business, in wh... Read more
It is 18th of May 2015, 29 female leaders of 10 agricultural cooperatives meet in Embu Kenya. The participating women are farmer leaders, managers and staff of cooperatives. They participate in a 3-day workshop on the role of women in their cooperatives. The workshop is organized by Agriterra and supported by AgriProFocus. Both organizations believe that including women is important for the business strategy of agricultural cooperatives. The workshop is facilitated by Angelica Senders, gender in value chain expert from AgriProFocus in The Netherlands, together with Trienke Elshof. Trienke is a female dairy farmer from the Netherlands and experienced board member in several cooperatives and other agriculture related policy bodies.
The first day starts with comparing ideas on the roles and capacities on men and women in the past and presen... Read more
Setting: the region of Musanze in the North of Rwanda, a region famous for its potatoes. We are the guests of the Rwandan NGO Imbaraga partner of IFDC in the CATALIST program. This morning we meet with male and female farmers, all active in the potatoes value chain. ‘We’ are professionals involved in the CATALIST 2 program and two gender in value chain trainers from Agri-ProFocus, Angelica Senders and Jacqueline Terrillon. We want to find out how men and particularly women contribute to the quality of potatoes, and what constraints they face. For this purpose we use tools and methodologies from the Agri-ProFocus gender in value chains toolkit the CATALIST staff has just learned during a two-day classroom training. This field work challenges the participants of the training to apply these tools immediately in practice.
After an introduction to the farmers, men and women join separate sessions,... Read more
The business case for Women’s Participation in Agricultural Cooperatives; the example of the Manduvira sugar cane cooperative in in Paraguay
Read about the business arguments for women’s participation in cooperative supported by evidence from Manduvira sugar cane cooperative in Paraguay in the paper written by Claire Clugston Leland International Hunger Fellow with ACDI/VOCA, published in November 2014. Read the full paper.
As in many other countries in Paraguay women are underrepresented in agricultural cooperatives, in average 19% of the members and 7% of leaders of the cooperatives are women. The paper shows with data from Maduvira cooperative that women can and do succeed in positions that have historically been seen as more appropriate for men. It also shows that women’s participation and leadership in agricultural cooperatives can have advantages to their overall business performance.
1. Women Succeed in Non-Traditional Cooperative Roles
Manduvira shows how women can s... Read more
Hello, AgriProFocus has moved to another webplatform. This is the new address for gender in value chains: //agriprofocus.com/gender-in-value-chains ;
Via 'log in' (in the right corner of the page) you can change your Ning account to an account for this new platform
Hope to see you there!!
By Angelica Senders, network facilitator gender in value chains AgriProFocus
Contribution to the on- line consultation ‘Promoting inclusiveness in the Dutch policy agenda on trade and international cooperation, on Include knowledge platform.
Inclusive development is not only in the benefit of those previously excluded, but also makes optimal use of capacities of a broader range of people. There are serious business arguments for including women and youth in economic development. Dutch policy should promote inclusion of women and youth in business partnerships by actively supporting systematization and dissemination of experiences illustrating the business case for inclusiveness.
This has been proven in the coffee sector where the inclusion of women has had positive results.
Women form the majority of the world’s estimated 25 million coffee farmers, yet coffee is seen... Read more
Markets are like systems. Everyone and
everything play some kind of role in a market. A consumer, a trader, an
entrepreneur, infrastructure, electricity, transport. But also, a teacher, a
police officer, a politician, hospitals, schools, and the local government.
They all contribute for a market to be established and grow.
If we want to reduce gender inequality
and create new opportunities for women in markets - and we really do - we need
to consider how we can engage everybody and enable access to everything that
can make it happen. This is what we can call market systems
SEEP Network and UN Women have teamed up to bring you a learning series on women's economic empowerment in market systems development. This learning series will run from January to July 2015, and is an opportunity to closely engage with key experts on this topic.
The series will start with a Webin... Read more
Managua, November 27, 2014. This is the third day of the training for Gender in Value Chain coaches organized by Hivos for their staff and partners in several Central-American countries. The training is based on the approach developed by Agri-ProFocus, with active participation of Hivos, and will take 4,5 days in total. Today the participants are practicing the tools they have learned during the first two days of the workshop, with representatives of the Biogas program of Hivos and SNV a dairy value chain will be analyzed. Representatives of the coffee cooperative PRODECOOP will provide information on their coffee chain. In two groups the participants will facilitate a conversation with the visitors to analyze the value chains from a gender perspective in order to identify opportunities to include women on a more equal footing. For the participants this is a perfect opportunity to apply the tools for gender sensitive value chain mapping... Read more
In this 14-page issue brief, the second in Root Capital’s Issue Brief Series, we share our experience of applying a gender lens to our work in smallholder agricultural finance. Through our Women in Agriculture Initiative, we have been able to better understand the areas in which we know we support women (as farmers, agro-processing employees, and leaders). This work has also identified new areas for potential impact that further foster economic empowerment for women, underscoring the vital nature of women in less conspicuous—but high-impact—roles and positions.
In this issue brief, we explain:
Improving women’s ability to securely access land is recognized as an effective means to increase gender equality and advance other key social and economic development goals. Despite progressive laws in many African countries, gender disparities commonly persist in women’s access and ownership of land. Although legal empowerment of women can help to strengthen their claims to land, developing country governments commonly lack the capacity to offer legal services. Civil society is increasingly stepping in to fill the wide gap in legal service provision, with the aim of empowering marginalized groups and individuals to exercise their legal rights. Although legal aid has wide application, this brief focuses on the consequences of regulating services provided at the community level to support women’s land rights.
For the full research brief, written by IFPRI researchers Lucy Billings, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, and Valerie Mueller, click here.
Kosovo, Pristina, May 14 – 16, 2014, 24 participants of 15 organizations were gathered to build their capacities to carry out value chain development programs in a gender sensitive manner. The workshop was organized by the SDC funded program Promoting Private Sector Employment (PPSE) of Swisscontact, together with GIZ, USAID and the Enhancing Youth Employment (EYE) project. This workshop is not a stand-alone activity but the start of a one year process in which the knowledge and skills are applied in the organizations of the participants with the guidance of two coaches. The workshop builds on the experiences of Agri-ProFocus.
The workshop had a practical rather than theoretical character, providing tools and strategies to be applied by the participants in their organizations. A half day field work was included in the program to encourage the participants to reflect on how application of the new knowledge and skills could be applied in their work with farmers (male and f... Read more
A new evidence-based policy report from the World Bank’s Gender Innovation Lab and The ONE Campaign, “Leveling the Field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa,” breaks new ground by comprehensively documenting the gender gap and prioritizing areas for action to help policymakers – and their citizens – harvest the gains from equality.
Previous attempts to document and analyze the gender gap in farm productivity were stymied both by the limited availability of evidence, scattered across small study areas, and the ways in which the data were collected, limiting what researchers could say about gender differences within farming households. The new World Bank-ONE report benefits from better data and new approaches to analyzing gender gaps, allowing us to offer the mos... Read more
Recent publication by Springer/Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (05/2014)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) produced a 2011 report on women in agriculture with a clear and urgent message: agriculture underperforms because half of all farmers—women—lack equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to be more productive. The book’s six editors—including two IFPRI researchers, Agnes Quisumbing and Ruth Meinzen-Dick—build on the report’s conclusions by providing, for a nonspecialist audience, a compendium of what we know now about gender gaps in agriculture.
The authors explore linkages among gender, assets, and agricultural development projects. They examine the current state o... Read more
Despite the fact that rural populations in developing countries are heavily dependent on agriculture, access to adequate agricultural knowledge remains a critical issue in many developing countries. Extension services improve the knowledge base of farmers through a variety of means, such as demonstrations, model plots, specific training and group meetings. However, the question remains; to what extent is the delivery process of the agricultural extension and advisory services (EAS) effective in reaching poor women and men farmers on an equal basis? Innovative models focusing on best-fit gender approaches provide opportunities to better tailor EAS to groups with specific priorities and needs. Women, more than men, are exposed to a range of challenges that prevent them from accessing EAS.
A new study by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) gender scientists focused on how effective the new approaches in extension services are, in reaching women farmers in rural areas. The study... Read more
Root Capital invites you for a webinar on April 29 at 1:30 PM EST. The webinar will provide a sneak peek of Root Capital’s soon-to-be-released issue brief: Applying a gender lens to agriculture: Farmers, leaders, and hidden influencers. The issue brief lays out Root Capital’s experience applying a gender lens to its core work of providing loans and financial training to agricultural enterprises, and the deeper impact Root Capital can achieve by focusing on women in a variety of positions in agriculture - including enterprise leaders, mid-level managers, agronomists, and farmers.
Joining for the webinar will be Patricia Devaney, author of the issue brief, and director of impact, Women in Agriculture at Root Capital; Diaka Sall, Root Capital's director of lending for West Africa; and Sarah Kaplan, associate professor of strategic management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.Read more
We are happy to announce that the Gender in value chain toolkit is available in soft copy from the Agri-ProFocus website. Hard copies of the publication will soon be distributed via the Agri hubs in Francophone Africa.
This practical toolkit to integrate a gender perspective in agricultural value chain development is the French version of the second and adjusted edition of an earlier Gender in Value Chains Toolkit published by Agri-ProFocus in September 2012. This version is based on experiences in using the first toolkit in Agri-ProFocus gender in value chain coaching tracks in Eastern Africa. The chapter on intervention strategies is complemented and contains many interesting and practical tools, and approaches ready for use by you as practitioner.
You can read more about this toolkit in an earlier blog on this Ning.