Nine projects are funded by NWO-WOTRO to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR research partnership on generating insights that contribute to improving seed systems in focus regions within Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. Specific seed systems addressed are cassava, maize, groundnut, vegetables, cocoa, forage seed, tilapia and chicken, while some projects have a more general focus on improving the functioning and inclusiveness of seed systems and (actors in) markets.
The call on “Seed Systems Development: Enabling and Scaling Genetic Improvement and Propagation Materials” was released by the Netherlands-CGIAR partnership. The nine awarded project consortia consist of Dutch research institutes, CGIAR research centers (through CGIAR research programmes or platforms), and (local) partners from the public and private sector.
The call for proposals was built on the premise that development of the seed sector may... Read more
OLVEA Burkina Faso is a French company that was established in 2008 in Bobo-Dioulasso in Western Burkina Faso, in the heart of the production area of shea nuts. The company produces shea butter which is highly appreciated by the cosmetics industry. At the start the company bought the bulk of its products from middlemen. As the quality and continuity of the production were far from optimal, OLVEA Burkina Faso looked into the possibilities to guarantee a sustainable supply chain by going straight to the producers and producer organisations.
98% of the shea producers in Burkina Faso are women. The income gained with the shea nut production makes many of them financially independent. The full potential of the shea nut production is however not realized, due to inefficiencies in the shea value chain. The OLVEA case shows t... Read more
In 2015, all 193 United Nations member countries signed on to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to "create the future we want in 2030."
SDGs & Her is an online competition for women micro-entrepreneurs to showcase how they are supporting the SDGs through their business operations.
Winners will receive leadership training, mentoring and will be flown to Washington DC, for an event at the World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings in April 2019 , where they will showcase their achievements.
To be eligible you must:
be a woman owner of a business that has been in operation for at least 3 years
own a micro-enterprise, with at least 1 and no more than 9 employees
have a loan eligibility of under USD $10,000 or annual sales of under USD $100,000
On December 13, 2018, GlobeScan and Business Call to Action (BCtA) hosted a webinar to discuss the results of the 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey.
This dynamic and insightful conversation featured Stuart L. Hart – one of the world’s top authorities in inclusive business – who shared his reflections on the survey findings and answered your questions on the current and future state of inclusive business.
The full panel included:
Stuart Hart, Professor, University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business
Paula Pelaez, Head of BCtA
Eric Whan, Director, GlobeScan
Launched at the United Nations in 2008, Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a global joint advocacy platform providing public recognition for the private sector’s contribution to development. The 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey was carried out t... Read more
On November 28th and 29th, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) invited youth from AgriProFocus' Youth in Agricultre and Agroecology Networks to learn from project and community experience in implementing climate smart agriculture (CSA) around Doyogena in Southern Ethiopia.
Youth had the opportunity to learn about watershed management, climate smart livestock, and home gardening. Please see the video below to learn about where some of the visiting youth came from, and what they considered to be highlights of their CSA learning visit.
AgriProFocus and the youth that had the opportunity to participate in this learning visit are very grateful for the commitment to youth capacity building and inter-generational learning demonstrated by the CCAFS Programme and by ILRI. We would like to encourage more agriculture proj... Read more
Afrifresh is a leading South African producer and exporter of fresh fruit. The company specializes in table grapes and citrus (grapefruits, oranges, soft citrus and lemons). Afrifresh employs over 1,200 permanent workers and over 4,000 seasonal workers on 12 farms in South Africa. 35% of the permanent and 48,5% of the seasonal workforce are women.
These female workers faced specific constraints because of their gender: e.g. women were assigned traditional ‘women’s’ jobs only and their access to management positions was limited; they were also vulnerable to discrimination and harassment. Afrifresh’s experience shows the business case for creating better work for women. It resulted in access to EU markets for the company and better and consistent quality of production at reduced costs.
Betty Mbazira from Isingiro District has emerged the winner of the 2018 Best Farmer’s Awards, becoming the first woman to win the annual competition since it started five years ago.
After reading her name, she walked to the stage raising her hands in the air in disbelief of what had happened. My story is long but with this victory, the sky is the limit, she said. She was given a plaque and dummy cheque worth sh50m from dfcu Bank.
The 2nd overall winner, Alosious Lubega from Wakiso District and the third overall, Julius Bataamye from Kamuli district were also handed dummy cheques worth sh30m and sh20m, respectively.
The 2018 Best Farmer’ Competition award winners were unveiled on Friday night at colorful ceremony held the New Vision head-offices in Kampala.
The colorful ceremony started at around 6:30pm although the guests began arriving as early as 4:00pm. The awarding stage was decorated with fresh ready to harvest bananas, sugarcane, simsim... Read more
Are you curious to know why a gender approach is good for workers, business and the sector, in the case of the Ethiopian flower sector? Read the concrete findings of my colleague Jochem Schneeman.
At global level there is ample and increasing evidence that investing in the female workforce aligns well with business priorities, such as meeting productivity targets, maintaining a strong and stable workforce, increasing labor productivity, compliance with health and safety requirements, and improved worker engagement.
IDH commissioned the study to find out whether such evidence could also be found in the Ethiopian floriculture sector, where gender interventions took place since 2014 by the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) and the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), supported by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and the Floricultur... Read more
Climate change is a global threat to sustainable development and food security. In developing countries, dependence on rain-fed agriculture and natural resources as the main livelihood strategy, is making farmers, especially women, extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach to ensure food security, increase productivity and incomes, build resilience to climate change, and reduce emissions from agricultural systems. Gender, however, is a critical dimension of CSA that cannot be ignored as gender inequalities can hinder the transition to CSA for millions of farmers.
To see transformative changes in agriculture and food systems in a changing climate, all stakeholders, including scientists, governments and development practitioners, must tackle gender issues. By mainstreaming gender into CSA, identifying the constraints and needs of women and men farmers, and providing opportunities to accelerate CSA a... Read more
As announced in my Monday post of last week I will publish a set of case studies illustrating the business case for gender sensitive business strategies. Today I will share with you the experiences of the partnership of FrieslandCampina and 2SCALE in Nigeria. It shows the business case for recognizing female Fulani as dairy producers.
In Nigeria the 2SCALE programme is bringing in technology, training and market linkages to help the Fulani produce milk on a commercial scale for FrieslandCampina. How to secure the supply of enough milk of good quality turned out to be a challenge. Especially the bacterial contamination of fresh milk was a serious problem to be addressed.
This case shows how initially gender-based constraints of women related to the milk production were overlooked: lack of clean water to clean milking utensils, women not participating in training and the fact that women did not have a... Read more
Gender and inclusiveness is a cross-cutting theme within the NICHE programme and one of the SEAD project’s lines of intervention. On 9th-10th August, SEAD in collaboration with RDB organised a two day workshop on gender and inclusiveness for human resources managers and legal advisors at Villa Portofino hotel in Kigali. The training was facilitated by Roberte Isimbi from FATE, a gender and inclusiveness consultancy from Rwanda.
The objective of this workshop was to help participants (RP, UR, INES) gain awareness of gender & inclusiveness in their own institutions and to integrate a focus on gender equality and inclusiveness in their daily jobs. Before the training, participants were given a short test to determine their prior knowledge and in the introductory session their awareness on gender was further examined by asking participants to list common ideas about men and women. Introductions were given in gender in the Rwandan culture, ge... Read more
On Thursday November 22, 2018, AgriProFocus Ethiopia celebrated its Annual Network Day to strengthen the relations between AgriProFocus and its members and among the members themselves. The central theme of the Network Day was “Sustainable and inclusive agribusiness in Ethiopia”. Over 120 members from various sectors attended the event with full of excitement and energy. We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our members who attended the event and our partners who used the opportunity to promote and introduce their organizations and programs. We also thank our guest presenters (including in the afternoon parallel sessions) who took their time to prepare and provide their perspectives on sustainable commercial agriculture and agroecology to our network members.
What happened during this big event?
The morning session began by an overview of the AgriProFocus Ethiopia network achi... Read more
The Gender coaching trajectory supported by the AgriProFocus Uganda network, drew participants from two organizations. TRIAS and ISSD with a country wide scope of West Nile, Northern Uganda, Central and South Western Uganda. The trajectory began with a kick off workshop in March 2017 which equipped the participants to develop Gender action Plans.
The results of their learning and applied practice involved four case studies from the trajectory on a range of issues including access to finance, the impact of the application of the GALS and household methodologies and also a testimony to the benefits of spending the resources and effort to design and integrate gender sensitive analysis and strategic interventions.
Further to this all the members of the trajectory took the opportunity to sensitize their organizations and integrate Gender interventions and strategies with their clients, providing a good foundation on which to mainstream good gender pra... Read more
A business case can be defined as a justiﬁcation for an action that is expected to make corporate processes more valuable. If companies are aware of the business case for women’s empowerment, they may be more interested in investing in it.
AgriProFocus and Fair & Sustainable have described a number of cases illustrating the business case for gender equality and women’s empowerment for companies. The cases describe experiences of different types of companies from all over the world. They are meant for staff of companies, and/or organisations working with companies, in the context of sustainable development initiatives.
The cases will allow the professionals to put gender equality concerns on the agenda of businesses by answering the following questions:
• Why is gender inequality a problem for a business?
• What strategies address gender-based constraints?
• What are the beneﬁts for the company and fo... Read more
25 Novembre 2018
Celebration de la JOURNEE INTERNATIONALE DE LUTTE CONTRE LES VIOLENCES FAITES AUX FEMMES
Les Femmes au Mali
Le Mali a une des plus rapides croissances des populations dans le monde. Avec plus de 18 millions d'habitants, environ 9 millions de femmes vivent dans ce pays de l'Afrique de l’Ouest. En même temps, le Mali est un des pays les plus pauvres dans le monde, classé 175e sur 188 dans l'Indice de Développement Humain.
Le développement du Mali a été fortement perturbé par un coup d’Etat militaire qui a déclenché une crise politico-sécuritaire en 2012 et 2013 et le pays a eu recours à une mission de maintien de la paix de L'ONU contribuant à la sécurité dans plusieurs grandes parties des territoires du Nord. Malgré la signature de l’Accord pour la Paix et la Réconciliation en 2015, la situation reste volatile et l'insécurité s'étend maintenant dans le sud et le centre du Mali.
Des averses irrégulières et des sécheresses persistantes constitu... Read more
We know the important role that policies play in addressing the legal, institutional, and market constraints that agricultural market actors face. Teasing out how these laws and regulations affect women agri-entrepreneurs and wage workers can be more complicated, however.
The Feed the Future program Enabling Environment for Food Security project has produced a technical note and a series of blogs on this topic. This post is based on the second blog, authored by Cristina Manfre of Cultural Practice with input from Fintrac Inc. Readers are encouraged to access the first, second, third, and fourth blog posts as well as the technical note.
So, what does an enabling environment that supports women’s profitable participation in agriculture look like? Among other characteristics, it is an environment that:
- Prioritizes the collection and an... Read more
Trois femmes et trois hommes au secrétariat du réseau AgriProFocus Mali. On dit souvent que la charité bien ordonnee, commence par soi-même. Soyons la lumière que nous voulons voir dans le monde, dixit Nelson Mandela. L'agrobusiness sensible au genre reste notre thème phare.
Partout dans le monde, les préjugés sexistes attirent une attention renouvelée. À travers des marches de protestation et des campagnes virales sur les réseaux sociaux, les femmes partout dans le monde exigent la fin du harcèlement sexuel, de l'abus, du féminicide et de l'inégalité.
Mais, si les mouvements #MeToo et #TimesUp ont réussi à sensibiliser le grand public, la lutte pour la parité est loin d'être terminée. L'autonomisation des femmes et des filles est essentielle pour atteindre les 17 objectifs de développement durable des Nations Unies d'ici à 2030. Pour le moment, cependant, les préjugés sexistes demeurent un obstacle important... Read more
Agriculture is central to the livelihoods of the rural poor and in the attainment of suitable development goals; gender equality further plays a crucial role in the achievement of these goals. However, gender differences arising from the socially constructed relationships between men and women affect the distribution of resources between them and cause many disparities in development. Consequently; gender issues must be addressed because agriculture can be the engine of growth that is necessary to reduce food insecurity and rural poverty. This training course is therefore intended to help participants address gender issues and integrate gender-responsive actions in the design and implementation of agricultural projects and rural development programs.
At the end of the training, the learner will be able to:
In this full day event, AgriProFocus Network members will have the opportunity to network, promote their work in the agriculture sector, and learn together about sector trends and new tools for sector development.
More specicfically this event features the following activities:
* Keynote presentations on food security in Ethiopia, research findings on gender in agriculture, and developing markets for sustainability in agriculture.
* Breakout groups with presentations and discussions on sustainability in commercial agriculture, and on agroecology.
* Workshops on tools for addressing gender in agricultural value chains, and on maximizing your online communications with the AgriProFocus website and social media.
* Launch of the Youth Business Challenge!
* Networking over booths and drinks.
Please find full program attached. All AgriProFocus Ethiopia members are welcome to participate, but they must register via this link.
Kenya has made substantial progress in improving the enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment and enterprise development by enacting legislation and programmes such as the Kenya Constitution 2010, the Women Enterprise Fund and the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities programme. Despite of this progress some of these policies are only partially implemented, denying women the benefits they would accrue from their full implementation. A key challenge that hinders full implementation of these policies is the lack of gender-responsive policy frameworks and inadequate capacity in county governments. In addition, the voice of women in decision-making processes is weak due to limited involvement of women in government processes. Women therefore have little influence if any, over structures and processes that set the agenda and determine what issues are important.
CSOs as central pillars of change