June 1st 2018
“Considering youth only as ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ no longer holds. They can be ‘Leaders of Today’ if they are given space and support. Key areas in this connection are training, incubation and financing mechanisms such as grants and loans.” - Dr Kwesi Atta-Krah, Director of Country Alignment and Systems Integration at IITA
On June 1, a large international foodFIRST conference was held in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The conference focused on the challenges and opportunities for African farmers and agripreneurs, with as main question: How should the Dutch Diamond actors connect to these challenges and opportunities, establish partnerships for reinforcing rural-urban linkages, and develop the food chain?
AgriProFocus, The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and the Young Expert Programmes (YEP Agrofood and YEP Water) organized a workshop during this with a focus on youth entrepreneurship in agricult... Read more
Many female farmers in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nigeria have a few chickens for home consumption and for sale. To empower these women, several research institutes have partnered with governments and private sector actors within the African Chicken Genetics Gain programme (ACGG). The programme supports the female farmers with new productive breeds, and services to sustain these.
Research shows, however, that whenever chicken rearing becomes more profitable, men often take over the business. ‘For example, they may ask their wife for the income from selling eggs or chicks’, says Julie Newton, gender specialist at KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. To guarantee that women really benefit, KIT has formulated a gender strategy.
The strategy helps to make the needs and position of female farmers more visible. Where possible, they are invited to speak up... Read more
Like many industries, coffee tends to be a male-dominated business, while 70 per cent of the work is done by women. This is one reason why the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), as part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) supports female entrepreneurs in its Ethiopia Coffee Program.
'We work with local organizations, to identify women’s needs from the start of a project’, explains Lisanne van Beek, gender coordinator of RVO.nl. For example, CBI supported Sara Yirga, owner of YA Coffee Roasters. Yirga’s ambition is to roast and export traceable, high quality Ethiopian coffee. CBI helped her to develop an export marketing plan, offered her advice on the market potential, and supported her with branding and packaging. Furthermore, CBI connected her to the international organization Women in Coffee Alliance. Yirga is now promoting her company, in which 85 per cent of her employees are fem... Read more
The programme Gender in Value Chains (2015-2018) is funded by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The objective is to build practical gender in value chain expertise by training national coaches. Through coaching tracks, these coaches support organizations and companies in making value chains gender sensitive.
Do you want to know more about the results of this programme so far? Check out this page from the magazine 'Making Gender Work - Cultivating Diversity'
(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')
To get companies, NGOs and other partners on board, it is important to be explicit about the benefits of including women throughout the project. In many developing countries, women play an important role in agriculture, but lack access to resources. Addressing the constraints faced by women leads to better performing value chains, better agricultural production in general, and economic empowerment of women. The benefits of including women throughout the project should be specified, not only in the introduction of your proposal, but also in the strategy and monitoring. When dealing with companies, it can be useful to stress the economi... Read more
Interview Louise Anten, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For the AgriProFocus magazine on gender "Making Gender Work: cultivating diversity", Louise Anten was interviewed to share the perspective of the Dutch ministry on gender in agriculture.
Louise Anten is part of the Task Force for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is composed of people from different divisions within the Ministry. Her focus is economic empowerment of women in private sector development.
She shares her core message: Women’s rights and gender equality must be taken into account in all development cooperation, and not just receive attention in projects specifically directed towards women. To ensure that this happens, it is crucial to find business cases for gender inclusive development.
‘To integrate respect for women’s rights and gender equality in everything we do,’ was Louise Anten’s reply wh... Read more
The foodFIRST conference “Team Up with African Agripreneurs” is an international conference and takes place on Friday, June 1, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. During this conference, AgriProFocus, together with YEP and Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) will facilitate the workshop “Youth entrepreneurship in agricultural transformation”.
The workshop starts at 11.00 with a macro perspective on the topic of 'youth agripreneurship in Africa'. This will be followed by a 'Youth Caravan', a Q&A session with several young entrepreneurs/ young professionals active in the field of agribusiness in Africa.
HERE You can register online for both the conference and the workshop and find more details about the programme. Be quick, because registrations are going fast!
We hope to see you in Utrecht!
Last Friday at our network event, AgriProFocus together with its members, launched a one-off magazine about gender in the agrifood sector.
This magazine focuses on the practical implementation of the available tools and knowledge. What are the obstacles in implementing gender strategies and how can we overcome these? What are the success stories and what can we learn from them? By sharing the views of experts from all four sides of the Dutch Diamond, we hope to inspire you to start or further develop gender sensitivity in your work.
This magazine, as a representation of our network, would not have been possible without the contribution of our members. Thank you all for sharing your insights, your experiences and your stories!
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
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.
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... Read more
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.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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 email@example.com or for... Read more
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
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the poster in the attachment.
Register before 12 May on: www.academieinternationalebetrekkingen.nl
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... Read more
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... Read more
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