Angelica Senders

Gender in value chai

Arnhem, Netherlands

About Me

Angelica is specialized in the development of gender inclusive agricultural value chains. She is facilitator of the gender in value chains network of AgriProFocus. Angelica is co-editor of the Gender in Value Chains Toolkit of the AgriProFocus, chief editor of the toolkit Sustainable Coffee as a Family Business and of the publication Challenging Chains to Chains by AgriProFocus, KIT and IIRR. Angelica has assisted FAO in the development of its Guiding Framework on gender sensitive value chain development. She coordinated a team of AgriProFocus coaches to provide training on this framework in 6 countries. She coordinates and supports AgriProFocus Gender in value chain coaching tracks in countries worldwide. Angelica is consultant from Fair & Sustainable Consulting

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Posted 20 March 2014 at 02:48

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.

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Posted 8 March 2014 at 11:29

At the occasion of international women's day International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) publishes this interesting post with a link to the full presentation in PowerPoint, a must-read for all those active in livestock! 

 

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Posted 20 February 2014 at 10:30

This short film gives the arguments for gender inclusive value chains; this is illustrated with an animated cartoon on gender inclusive dairy value chain development in Nicaragua. The film also shows the practical approach developed by Agri-ProFocus to coach practitioners to support gender inclusive value chains.  

Women have a very important but under-recognised role in various parts of many agricultural value chains. They work in production, processing and trading but lack ownership of land and other means of production.  They often benefit less from the gains. Addressing these gender gaps in the value chain will help building more robust and efficient chains, fighting poverty and social injustice.

Since 2008, Agri-ProFocus has been working to improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development. The gender in value chain network and the online-platform are well known sources for sharing experiences, concepts and tools. Cooperation within the network has resulted in important sour

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Posted 18 February 2014 at 11:17

The Gender Agriculture and Assets Project (GAAP), jointly led by IFPRI and ILRI, has released the first set of discussion papers detailing the findings of the GAAP.

Following the Project Notes , which summarized findings from all 8 projects, the Discussion Papers give more detail on specific projects in the portfolio.

IFPRI Discussion Paper on the CARE-Bangladesh Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain Project.

IFPRI Discussion Paper on the Landesa West Bengal Microplot Allocation Program.

IFPRI Discussion Paper on the BRAC Targeting the Ultra Poor Program in Bangladesh.

IFPRI Discusison Paper on the HKI Enhanced-Homestead Food Production program in Burkina Faso.

Further reading: Closing the gender asset gap from the GAAP, published by IFPRI (2014) 

This paper explores initial findings from four case studies in the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project on changes in gender relations in different agricultural interventions. It documents the adaptive measures projects are taking to

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Posted 6 February 2014 at 03:03

imageThis practical toolkit to integrate a gender perspective in agricultural value chain development is the second and adjusted version 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. The toolkit is downloadable in pdf from the Agri-ProFocus website and online. For a hard copy version address your Agri-Hub. 

Women play crucial roles in agricultural value chains. However, their contribution often remains invisible. For producers and other chain actors and supporters, this can lead to inefficient chains. In consequence, business opportunities may suffer and profits will be lower and/ or unequally distributed. Moreover, existing gender inequities will be perpet

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Posted 29 November 2013 at 02:08

Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI) recently published an interesting book on transforming gender relation in agriculture in sub-Sahara Africa. This book distills lessons learned about integrating gender equality into agricultural development initiatives in Africa, with case studies of efforts at all levels, from households to national government.


The authors, Farnworth, C., M.F. Sundell, A. Nzioki, V. Shivutse and M. Davis start from the premise that empowered women and men are better, more successful farmers who can make the most of the opportunities around them. They argue that there is a causal relation between more equal gender relations in the household and in the community, and better agricultural outcomes: the one underpins the other.


This is a radical thing to say, because it means that the standard development interventions – more extension services, better information, more fertilizer, better machinery – will not fully achieve their goals unless

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 25 November 2013 at 12:06

Since 2012, Agri-ProFocus has been implementing so-called gender in  value chain coaching tracks through its Agri-Hub networks and supported by Dutch members including Hivos, ICCO/ Fair& Sustainable and KIT in different facilitation and knowledge roles. Piloted in Rwanda and Uganda the coaching tracks are now also running in Kenya and Ethiopia. The Agri-Hubs in RD Congo, Burundi, Benin and Tanzania  are soon to follow and it is expected that the programme will venture into Latin America and Indonesia in 2014.

 

The coaching tracks aim at increasing the capacities of organizations to put in place value chain development interventions that are gender inclusive. To this effect organizations receive a support package of:

  • 3 days of individual, case-based coaching over a period of approximately 9 months. Participants bring in their own value chain and work on it.
  • The individual coaching is complemented by a number of joint events to create common ground and introduce concepts, tools and case

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Winfrida M. Magawa It is a good film very encouraging and easy to get the overview. Good work Angelica and the entire team of my fellow coaches we have to stay connected and together work toward improving the gender in value chains in the continent.

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Posted 22 November 2013 at 02:57

The Internation Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI) just published an interesting note from the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project (GAAP) entitled: Learning from Eight Agricultural Development Interventions in Africa and South Asia.

GAAP aims to promote women’s ownership and control of productive assets in developing countries by evaluating how well agricultural development projects improve men’s and women’s access to assets and identifying ways to reduce gender gaps. The notes in this collection summarize the results of GAAP’s work with partner projects and identify ways development practitioners can evaluate their projects’ impact on men’s and women’s assets, livelihoods, and well-being. Please find herewith the Link to the Notes

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Posted 26 September 2013 at 06:31

Women are the mainstay of Indonesia's coffee production. An extensive gender survey conducted in Northern Sumatra revealed that women constitute up to 80 percent of labor on coffee farms. It was also identified however that women are often excluded from farmer training and other personal development opportunities. The survey also identified the barriers to female participation and gave recommendations on how to target women in agricultural extension work. In response to the findings, ECOM and IFC adopted a gender sensitive approach in order to increase women's farming skills and improve overall productivity and quality of coffee.

nathalie mongue

How can I have access to the video

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Angelica Senders

Dear Natalie, thanks for your observation, there was a problem with the link to Youtube, I hope it is back again. 

5 years 3 months ago

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Posted 27 June 2013 at 09:34

imageWomen play crucial roles in coffee value chains; however, their contribution often remains invisible, this can lead to inefficient chains. In consequence, business opportunities may suffer and profits will be lower and/ or unequally distributed. Moreover, existing gender inequities will be perpetuated. Agri-ProFocus and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (Angelica Senders and Marjoleine Motz) commissioned a study to Nora Fedisch, Bachelor student Fair Trade Management of Van Hall Larenstein to identify key success factors for a gender inclusive approach to the development of coffee value chains.

Addressing Gender ineQUALITY in coffee- A starting point for constructing sustainable value chains?!

By Nora Fedisch

Research has shown that women are the key source of labor in the East African coffee sector; women execute important tasks of harvesting, drying, hulling and sorting the coffee beans. Men are involved in management and trading; they also control access to resources such as land, inpu

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 25 April 2013 at 10:40

(Taken from http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/campaigns/behind-brands

More than 100,000 people around the world joined Oxfam’s campaign, signing petitions and taking action to urge Mondelez and its competitors to tackle the hunger, poverty, and unequal pay facing many women cocoa farmers and workers.

Today’s announcement by Mondelez follows commitments last month by Mars and Nestlé to address these issues. Together, Mars, Mondelez, and Nestlé buy more than 30 percent of the world’s cocoa—so changes in their policies could have huge effects for cocoa farmers and their families. 

Mars, Mondelez, and Nestlé are now taking the first steps to commit to the empowerment of women and to find out how women are being treated in their supply chains. All have agreed to publish the data from first stage impact assessments in one year’s time and to publish concrete action plans to address the issues. Mondelez will also sign on to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles later this month,

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 20 November 2012 at 10:23

As part of a series of topic briefs on the New Business Models for Sustainable Trading Relationships (NBMSTR) project, this paper will describe the business opportunities that are available when working with women in agriculture. In so doing, this paper adds a new dimension to understanding trading relationships with smallholders by segmenting the producer base and understanding the implications of vulnerability and power relations on application of the NBMSTR principles. To analyse the problem and develop an actionorientated set of recommendations, a gendered approach to value chain analysis will be carried out

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Posted 4 November 2012 at 04:19

On Thursday November 1st, the Book: ‘ Challenging Chains to Change - gender equity in agricultural value chain development’ was launched in Addis Ababa. Around 40 gender and value chain specialists were present at this event.image

The event was hosted by the Agri-Hub Ethiopia in the Harmony Hotel in Addis Ababa. The Dutch Ambassador, Mr Blankenberg, opened the event with an encouraging speech on gender in value chains.

Mrs. Angelica Senders, Dutch value chain and gender specialist, informed the participants on the writeshop and the background of the book. After that, Mr. Gizachew Sisay, one of the co-writers of the book, presented the case in the book on the Honey Value Chain from Ethiopia. Oxfam GB transformed a traditionally men’s commodity to a women’s commodity by changing the way bees are kept: from trees to ground level.  

This case fits in one of the five main strategies of gender sensitive value chain development; ‘Opening up opportunities for women to work on what are tr

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 10 July 2012 at 06:13

I have the pleasure to announce you that the NEW toolkit Gender in Value Chains has gone live! It is accessible via the menu bar on top of the Gender in Value Chains platform (see print screen).

 

The toolkit is organized according to the different phases of the project cycle of a Value Chain Development project; each phase forms a chapter.

 

On the different web pages of the toolkit, you will find summaries of the different chapters and of the tools belonging to each chapter. Where available, we have included examples of the use of the tools.

 

From the ‘Download’ page you can download the chapter texts as well as the tool descriptions. For some tools, Excel files that are necessary for applying the tool have been provided. On the download page of the toolkit, you can also find a .zip file of all the documents combined for easy downloading.

 

We thank all those who have contributed to the toolkit by providing tools and by commenting on earlier versions of this toolkit.

 

Last but

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Posted 16 April 2012 at 08:45

By Angelica Senders (Fair and sustainable Advisory Services), Njeri Muhia (Egerton University, Nakuru Kenya) and Mike Muchilwa (APF Kenya)

The “Gender Focus” is back on the agenda of donors. In the past, there has been a lot of lip service given to the so-called ‘gender mainstreaming’. However, these days donors want results and outcomes, not only words. For VC specialists this implies that they will have to become knowledgeable/ skilled in delivering sustainable gender outcomes within their organisations.

Watch video for an impression of the workshop in Nairobi, on March 29, 2012.


The good news is that there is lot of resource material available. Many organisations have produced useful manuals on the topic over the last several years. These are available on the Gender in value chains internet platform. Please check here. The bad news for many practitioners, however, is that the practical application of the content into development programs is not easy. The documents are often too thick a

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Posted 21 June 2011 at 02:55

21 June 2011 (from the ICCO website)

imageThe mobile cassava processing unit of the Philippine entrepreneur Nathalie Arsonillo has won the special prize during the final event of the Women in Business Challenge of BiD Network, sponsored by ICCO and ING. The prize with a value of 5.000 euro for technical assistance was presented by Corine Heijn of United Succes.

The other four female entrepreneurs areof course winners too, as they also received a week packed with new networking and business opportunities. Their plans are about export of health-food Golden Berry (Peru), organic fertilizer (Peru), an online business networking and marketplace platform for small and rural businesses(Uganda) en ecological paper bags made from agricultural waste (Uganda). All went home having gained new knowledge, contacts and sometimes even with orders or business meetings planned. 

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During her week in The Netherlands de web editor of ICCO and a journalist of Afrika Report (see video below) followed Againe Sharon, woman

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 6 June 2011 at 02:43

By Angelica Senders (Fair and Sustainable Advisory Services/ ICCO)

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On May 25 APF Kenya organized a half day workshop on looking at agricultural value chains from a gender perspective. The 30 participants represented NGOs, the business sector and higher educational institutes. Mike Muchilwa from SNV was the facilitator and I the resource person on gender and value chains.

 

Six groups practiced with three tools:

(1)     Selection of value chains. This tool allowed for scoring several value chains on 2 sets of criteria related to (1) market growth potential and (2) potential to contribute to empowerment of women and gender equality. An excel sheet assisted the users to make a final choice.

(2)     Gender Mapping of a value chain: This tool assisted in drawing a value chain map using colored cards and markers including numbers of men and women in different nodes (also the invisible ones) and remarks on special constraints faced by women.

(3)     The last tools aimed at revea

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 20 October 2009 at 05:50

ICCO is very pleased to inform you that in 2010 a special “Women in Business Challenge” will be organized. This business plan competition will be organized by the BID (Business in Development) network, the ING bank and ICCO.

The “Women in Business” Challenge is targeted at women who seek finance for their start-up or established business in a developing country in Africa, Asia or Latin America. They seek finance in the range of US$ 10,000 and US$ 1 million. They either already have a full business plan or need help in developing their business plan. They have the ambition to grow the business in sales and numbers of employees. Plans will be accepted in English, Spanish and in French and will have to meet Social and Environmental requirements. Why participate? - Receive free coaching, feedback and support in writing your business plan - Win € 15.000 in prize money - Win a business trip to the Netherlands. - Win € 10.000 for best retail business plan sponsored by 'Annual ING Re

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 8 June 2009 at 09:45

When we started this network on gender in value chains, one of the needs formulated was access to tools and instruments to support gender sensitive value chain development. So in the past months we worked hard to develop the ‘tools wiki’ to satisfy this need. Please click on the tab 'tools' to refresh your memory on this wiki or click on this link: http://genderinvaluechains.pbworks.com/ Are you also looking forward to finding more tools and instruments on our tools wiki? We are! So on Thursday 11th of June we organize a morning session with a small group to discuss how to further develop this wiki. And you can join us to give input and share your opinion The following topics are on the agenda: • Wiki: status, objectives and criteria: What is your opinion? What are criteria for content? What can be improved? • How to collect and harvest tools and materials? What topics, who may contribute, how do we approach them? • The role of the ‘editorial group’. We are still looking

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Inge Jansen I'll be there ;-) New insights and fresh opinions are always welcome, so please respond if you are able to join us this Thursday.

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