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
In 2018, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) European Research Conference will be held in The Netherlands. At this conference, scholars, representatives of cooperatives and policy makers will exchange the state of the art on building and strengthening cooperatives in different sectors and different countries.
The key questions to be discussed at the ICA2018 Research Conference relate to innovation in enterprise and community. For the sustainability and resilience of the cooperative model, innovation is paramount. Which internal and external factors provide the fertile ground for such innovation? What are the key success factors for continuous (or renewed) member commitment and stakeholder legitimacy?
Main theme of the conference is: Cooperatives in a rapidly changing world: Innovation in Enterprise and Community. Under this overarching theme, the conference will address a wide range of topics, including:
+ Innovations in internal governance
Since FrieslandCampina established its Dairy Development Programme in the 1980s, the company has trained over 170,000 local dairy farmers in nine countries. The programme increasingly noticed that women often do not show up at training sessions, despite being responsible for rearing young stock, milking and bookkeeping. FrieslandCampina and partners therefore started to develop training courses especially for women in Nigeria and Pakistan.
‘In Pakistan, over 26,000 women are now trained in husbandry practices’, says project manager Tanja Goedhart. As well as this, 300 women have been trained as female extension entrepreneurs and 300 as village milk collectors. This has resulted in over 600 female-led micro enterprises, an increase in yield of 1-2 litres more milk per cow per day on average, and better milk prices. A film was made in which four women tell how the training courses have improved their lives (see film bel... Read more
L’Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas au Mali et son partenaire NABC soutiennent la participation d’une quarantaine d’entreprises du secteur Agricole à la 7ème Edition du Salon International de l’Agriculture à travers le PAVILLON HOLLANDAIS !
Le pavillon Hollandais est un espace qui offre aux entreprises néerlandaises la possibilité de présenter leurs produits, leur technologie et leur expertise aux visiteurs, de créer des réseaux et d'organiser des réunions B2B avec de (nouveaux) partenaires.
LE SALON INTERNATIONAL DE L’AGRICULTURE
Le SIAGRI permet donc à l’Ambassade du royaume des Pays-Bas au Mali à travers la facilitation du réseau AgriProFocus Mali de renforcer la compétitivité des produits agricoles, agroalimentaires et agroindustriels maliens et améliorer leur accès aux marchés nationaux et internationaux à travers un pavillon néerlandais de plus de 30 stands.
Le Pavillon Hollandais est un espace convivial qui réunit les... Read more
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!
A sustainable relationship between farmers and their customers is paramount for good business. To achieve this both parties need to be aware of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions. In a structured way, the 2-2-Trade tool brings these strengths, weaknesses and perceptions to the surface. With a facilitated, structured discussion 2-2-Trade creates mutual understanding between farmers and their customers creating space for development and new initiatives and opportunities that bring benefit to both.
The meeting focussed on how trade relations can be made more sustainable and profitable by looking at the critical components of the relation and how the 2- 2 Trade tool can be used in business cases of the participants.
Three cases where 2-2-Trade has been applied were pr... Read more
A sustainable relationship between farmers and their customers is paramount for good business. To achieve this both parties need to be aware of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions. In a structured way, the 2-2-Trade tool brings these strengths, weaknesses and perceptions to the surface.
With a facilitated, structured discussion 2-2-Trade creates mutual understanding between farmers and their customers creating space for development and new initiatives and opportunities that bring benefit to both.
That sounds nice, but what is in it for me?
After this session you understand:
• how trade relations can be made more sustainable and profitable by looking at the critical components of the relation.
• how the 2- 2 Trade tool can be used in your business cases.
What you can expect:
After a network lunch (13.00-14.00 hrs) with a.o. our Business Linkage advisors from several Country Networks, we will discuss:
1. Farmer – firm relations: A simple model with 7 critical components
2.... Read more
The Sustainable Food Lab’s 2015 Summit is an opportunity to explore new challenges—emerging issues in the food system as well as the leadership required to engage across organizations, sectors and regions. All business must meet targets for operations and raw materials, and many NGOs are focused on business supply chains. Yet to ensure a reliable supply of raw materials and sustainable livelihoods many organizations are expanding their attention to sourcing regions. This is not beginner’s territory. This scope expansion requires a new type of leadership and collaboration. “System leaders,” as we have called them, are in high demand. In support of system leaders, the Food Lab Summit blends technical expertise, with organizational strategy, and personal leadership.
The Sustainable Food Lab Leadership Summit on the ss Rotterdam, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The conversations that will anchor the agenda are:
• Collective action in landscapes and watersheds: What are we learning a... Read more
The Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association (ESADA) in collaboration with the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC) and the Brussels Airline is delighted to announce to the dairy industry stakeholders (small to large dairy processors, cooperative movement, development partners and government officials) the trade and exchange mission to the Netherlands and Belgium stated for April 16th to 21st 2015. The missions is aimed at exposing emerging dairy stakeholders across the value chain to world class dairying practices, technologies and solutions and nurturing business partnerships.
During the five-day mission the participants will experience firsthand world-class dairy industry from the farm to the table. During the mission you will visit;
1. Nuscience in Belgium - the expert in premixes, mineral feed, concentrates, young animal feed and health-promoting feed ingredients. (http://www.nusciencegroup.com/)
2. Packo in Belgium – A leading manufacturer of processing equipment and ma... Read more
“The region is one of the biggest African markets measured in terms of dairy consumption, and grows fast. The business environment, however, is radically different from other African regions. Because there is an established dairy market already, East-African countries impose a 60-per cent import duty to protect their farmers. Which makes it impossible to build a brand name using an export model like we did in West Africa – we are forced to start from scratch. The only way for us to enter the market is to start a production facility and produce locally. We are exploring partnerships with local players at the moment.”
Read full article here
A unique dairy expert meeting organized by Agri-ProFocus’ members AERES group, Agriterra, FrieslandCampina, Heifer, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Van Hall Larenstein, SNV and Wageningen UR, took place at Wageningen UR on Thursday, 10 April.
Over 140 representatives of the dairy chain, farmers and researchers discussed on the modern Dutch approach, based on a long-term successful dairy production. The meeting was facilitated by Simone van Vugt (Wageningen UR CDI).
Read more here and access/download expert meeting materials.
Dutch dairy chain approach: Help the farmers and they will help themselves
2 weeks ago we shared information regarding a dairy expert meeting that was scheduled to take place on 10th April 2014 in the Netherlands. Many of our members showed interest in the information that would be shared during the meeting.
The expert meeting was organized by Agri-ProFocus’ members AERES group, Agriterra, Friesland Campina, Heifer, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Van Hall Larenstein, SNV and Wageningen UR. It took place at Wageningen UR on Thursday, 10 April. Over 140 representatives of the dairy chain, farmers and researchers discussed on the modern Dutch approach, based on a long-term successful dairy production.
Please follow this link here in order to get more information about the Expert meeting and also to download the meeting materials that were shared.