Caroline van der Molen

Program Coordinator Inclusive Business

Arnhem, Netherlands

About Me

Agri-entrepreneurs are not a collection of equal people, but rather a group of individuals, each with his/her own interests, needs and challenges. I believe that agri-entrepreneurs can only reach their full potential if we respond to this diversity through an inclusive approach.

I am Caroline van der Molen, and I work at the global secretariat of AgriProFocus in the Netherlands as Program Coordinator Inclusive Business, which includes the knowledge themes 'Gender in Value Chains', 'Youth in Agribusiness' and 'Organized Farmers'.

If you have any questions regarding inclusive business in general or a theme in particular, please don't hesitate to contact me!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted yesterday 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 http://knowledge4food.net/knowledge-portal/gender/

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nov
21

Community of Practice - Youth in AgriBusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  21 November 2017, 16:00-18:00
  AgriProFocus, Utrecht

Join us at the 2nd Youth in AgriBusiness - Community of Practice

YOUTH - professionals - YOUTH - members - YOUTH - stakeholders - YOUTH


The AgriProFocus network, in close collaboration with F&BKP, facilitates the second Community of Practice (CoP) for and with professional youth from members and stakeholders! The aim is to exchange our knowledge, share experiences and jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector and to have their voices heard among decision makers. 

TOPIC OF THIS CoP: Is there a bridge in the room? How to design an end-to-end approach to closing the gap between unemployed youth and the agrifood sector? BY: Heifer and Edukans


How to “bridge the gap” between the skills of unemployed youth and the requirements for successful (self-)employment in the agrifood sector? Many interventions focus on either the supply side - improving youth skills - or the demand side - creating market and

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sep
05

Kick Off! Community of Practice - Youth in Agribusiness

Event posted by in Youth - Jeunesse
  05 September 2017, 16:00-18:00
  Arthur van Schendelstraat 500, Utrecht

Many of us recognize the important role of young women and men in realizing a sustainable agri-food sector in the near future. We are also aware of the many challenges young people face as agripreneurs in the sector. Many stakeholders, including members of AgriProFocus, develop and implement projects and programmes in low and middle income countries for and with youth in order to find innovative solutions for these challenges and explore, pilot and upscale opportunities that contribute to the transformation of the agri-food sector. Collaboration and sharing of experiences are important to inspire, increase synergy, to improve and be more effective in tackling worldwide challenges in the agri-food sector.

WHAT?

The AgriProFocus network, in close collaboration with the F&BKP, facilitates a Community of Practice (CoP) for and with professional youth from members and stakeholders, with the aim to jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful agripreneurs in the agri

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 10 May 2017 at 09:21

BSR: Gender Equality in Codes of Conduct Guidance 

BSR has launched the Gender Equality in Codes of Conduct Guidance to help companies and standards-setting bodies integrate gender equality considerations across nine traditional code of conduct principles, with a specific focus on developing and emerging market-based supply chains. BSR developed this guidance with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and with the technical health-related expertise of the Evidence Project/Meridian Group International, Inc.

With women holding 60 to 90 percent of jobs in the labor-intensive stages of the apparel and fresh produce global supply chains, it would make sense for companies in those industries to consider women’s specific challenges when focusing on ethical supply chain management. However, until now, women have rarely been a focus of such strategies, with businesses either unaware of the issues women face or unsure how to address them—or both.

Moreover, supply chain manag

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 8 March 2017 at 03:38

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day

On this day the world asks special attention to women's rights and gender inequality. AgriProFocus supports this day and celebrates the obstacles women all around the world have overcome, while recognizing the challenges that women still face today. And of course AgriProFocus contributes year-round to overcoming these obstacles in agriculture specifically by having the innovation community of Gender in Value Chains.

Let’s be honest: women are still not treated equally to men (anywhere in the world). They are still seen as the ‘weaker sex’ and they’re talked about as if they are minorities (while everybody knows the men-women ratio is pretty much 50-50). This gender inequality is also reflected within agricultural value chains, where stereotypes and traditional gender roles cause unequal business opportunities for women, inefficient chains and limited productivity and profits.

Would you like to contribute to gender equality within agr

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aug
23

2SCALE: Women's Entrepreneurship in African Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  23 August 2016, 12:00-13:15
  Anywhere

Webinar 2SCALE: Women's Entrepreneurship in African Agribusiness

From Skepticism to Role Models


What difference does it make to be a female entrepreneur in Africa among male peers and the community? Why is it important to support women entrepreneurship? What is the best way of doing so? And what inspiration can women entrepreneurs offer for women leadership and inclusive business in the African agro-food sector?

These questions and many more will be addressed in our webinar on Women’s Entrepreneurship in African Agribusiness on August 23rd. We do this in close collaboration with three inspiring women entrepreneurs who partner with 2SCALE: Ruth Kinoti (Shalem Investments, Kenya), Ruth Okiror (Acila Enterprises, Uganda) and Oluyemisi Iranloye (Psaltry International, Nigeria).

For whom: Staff, trainers & coaches of 2SCALE, selected partner companies and all other persons, organizations and companies with an interest in women entrepreneurship and inclusion in African agribusiness are mos

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 August 2016 at 02:13

Building a community of AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chain Coaches

Learning Journey: Coaching on gender sensitive value chain development


In June 2016 ten AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chain (GVC) coaches from a variety of countries (ranging from Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia to Benin and Indonesia) gathered in Kampala for a training. The objective of this training was twofold: it was held to further expand the expertise of national Gender coaches, while also creating a solid team, a community of coaches for co-creation and peer learning. Most of the participants already had experience in GVC coaching, which made the training not only an advanced course, but also the perfect occasion to link the coaches from different countries and create a network of coaches.

The Gender in Value Chains approach of AgriProFocus is a practical approach, build on hands-on advice and coaching by national coaches, and has as mission to improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development.

The training was organi

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1 year 3 months ago

sep
15

Making PPPs work

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 September 2016, All Day Event
  2515 VK The Hague

Making PPPs work: a practical day to make your PPP more effective

On September 15, PPPLab is organising a practical day of exchange, application and design for those working in public-private partnerships. Topics covered are to help you discover tools and insights to make your partnership more effective, whatever your role is. The day will consist of sessions covering themes like financing strategies, smart scaling, making your partnering process more effective and understanding the role of in-country public sectors in PPPs. A range of tools, feedback opportunities and planning concepts will directly be applied to your individual PPP, by offering 1:1 speed dates, small working group sessions and direct feedback from experts and practitioners. Attached is the programme with more information and a preliminary schedule. Feel free to share this invitation in your networks!

Venue: New World Campus, The Hague, The Netherlands

Costs: € 25

Interested? Please register through info@ppplab.org or for

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may
23

E-course Food and Nutrition Security

Event posted by in AgriProFocus RD Congo
  23 May 2016 to 24 June 2016 - All Day Event
  Online

E-course Food and Nutrition Security

A great opportunity to meet and discuss with peers from various countries to expand your knowledge and perspective on Food & Nutrition Security! 


Learn about global trends and specific food challenges: 

- Eradicating hunger and malnutrition

- Promoting inclusive growth in the agriculture sector

- Realising ecological sustainable food systems. 


Start: 23 May, 23 May - 24 June

5 weeks, 4 hours/week studyload

4 webinars, real-life case studies

English language 


More info: alex.lavos@minbuza.nl or check out the poster in the attachment. 

Register before 12 May on: www.academieinternationalebetrekkingen.nl 





may
26

PPPCafé

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  26 May 2016, 15:00-17:00
  New World Campus, Den Haag

Welcome to the second PPPCafé 

PPPs as mechanisms for achieving scale: from simple models to rich strategies


In the second of our quarterly PPPCafés we invite you to explore scaling. Lately, there has been a lot of ‘buzz’ around scaling impact in international development. But besides some basic typologies and models, the more practical questions are still left unanswered in literature. Based on preliminary findings of PPPLab’s scaling study, we like to discuss practical approaches and experiences on how PPPs can be instrumental in scaling development impact. We aim to do so with inputs and practical experience from our audience, making it an interactive session based on exchanging experiences and interactive learning. We will together explore the question: How can a PPP develop sound scaling strategies to really achieve impact at scale?

Are you involved in a PPP in the food & water sector or work with PPPs in another way, please join us on the 26th of May. You bring your thou

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may
30

Learning Journey: Gender in Value Chain Coaches (English)

Event posted by in Gender in Value Chains
  30 May 2016 to 02 June 2016 - All Day Event
  Kampala, Uganda

Do you support agricultural value chain development? And do you want to improve your coaching skills and learn how to systematically integrate gender in your approach? Then join this learning journey that MDFAC and AgriProFocus facilitate together!

On this journey you will build your expertise in coaching on value chain development in a gender sensitive way. You will understand the concepts and key considerations in the various stages of the agricultural value chain, learn to systematically integrate gender aspects, and practice your coaching skills. As a trainee you become a member of the AgriProFocus network of coaches, and will have access to exclusive material for use in gender-in-value-chain training and coaching.

Our next training and introduction to peer counselling are planned for May 30 - June 2, 2016 in Kampala, Uganda (English). The training will also be provided in Kigali, Rwanda from June 6 - 9, 2016 (French).

Interested in participating in this learning journey? Please contact Annet B

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Posted By in Learning Journey: GVC Coaches
Posted 14 April 2016 at 02:08

Learning Journey: Coaching gender sensitive value chain development

Do you support agricultural value chain development? And do you want to improve your coaching skills and learn how to systematically integrate gender in your approach? Then join this learning journey that MDFAC and AgriProFocus facilitate together! 


On this learning journey you will build your expertise in coaching on value chain development in a gender sensitive way. You will understand the concepts and key considerations in the various stages of the agricultural value chain, learn to systematically integrate gender aspects, and practice your coaching skills. As a trainee you become a member of the AgriProFocus network of coaches and will have access to exclusive material for use in gender in value chain training and coaching.

The next training will be in Kampala, Uganda from May 30 till June 3, and will be given in English. 

For more information, click here 



Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 18 March 2016 at 03:00

Call for Cases on Men and Nutrition

We got a call from INGENAES for case studies worldwide for the preparation of a Gblobal Good Practice Note on how to engage men in nutrition initiatives, and in particular, to enroll them to support both their own nutrition requirements and - critically - to fully support meeting the nutrional needs of women and children in their household.


They are looking for case studies worldwide to ensure global relevance. The focus is on really practical, successful methodologies as the GPNs are designed for practitioners. They would like to know:

1. A bit about the organization. Mission, goals, work portfolio, regions /countries of work etc.

2. The nutrition project. Goals, objectives, target group, location, partners.

3. Why you have targeted men (rationale) and how you see this contributing to your overall goals in the nutrition project. This is really important!

4. Project design and implementation. How do you engage partners? And - vital - how do you interest, e

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 18 March 2016 at 02:26

Learning Journey - Coaching on Gender Sensitive Value Chain Development

Do you support agricultural value chain development, and do you want to improve your coaching skills and to learn how to systematically integrate gender in your approach?


On this learning journey you will build your expertise in coaching on value chain development in a gender sensitive way. You will understand the concepts and key considerations in the various stages of the agricultural value chain, learn to systematically integrate gender aspects in it, and practice your coaching skills. As a trainee you become a member of the AgriProFocus network of coaches and will have access to exclusive material for use in gender in value chain training and coaching.

Training and introduction to peer counselling are planned for May-June (dates to be determined) 2016, in Nairobi in English. The training will also be provided in Kigali, Rwanda in French, in the same period.

Interested in participating in one of the learning journeys?&n

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