Kick off workshop – Gender and Value Chain Coaching Track V – 13th to 15th March, 2017
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 perpetuated. In short: fighting poverty becomes hard if one remains “gender-blind”. Evidence shows that enabling women to have equal access to inputs, services, and land improves yields. It also shows that female farmers often pay greater attention than men to crop quality and that productivity increases as a result of increasing their access to technical training.
With this background, I would like to take this opportunity to thank AgriProFocus Uganda for having organized this trajectory to really enlighten development organizations on the need to unders... Read more
Let me take the opportunity to thank our coaches for track V for starting us off on this journey. It was indeed a kick off starting from the what, why and how the gender dimension in value chain development. I was personally impressed with the case studies we discussed to understand better the process of gender analysis, strategy formulation.
Even though farming here is a way of life, many rural villages in Tanzania lack nutritional diversity because they eat the same foods day-after-day, meal-after-meal. With their role in the field, women are the nutrition gatekeepers to these communities. And yet, too often, they are not land owners. They are not household decision-makers. They lack access to tools, financing and education needed to push forward. They are not empowered. Even worse, these gender customs are barriers to breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutr
Women dressed in vibrant African fabric are sprinkled across fields of tea, coffee and banana trees. This is Tanzania, and these women are the caretakers of the land – and of their families.
And yet, for women like Isabella Mwile, hard work in the field and raising children doesn’t necessarily make her a partner at home. Traditionally in Tanzania, men are the decision makers. However, in Isabella’s village of Mbaka, in Rungwe district, these traditions are changing.
In January 2015, leaders of Mbaka village acknowledged Isabella’s leadership qualities and selected her to attend an Innovations in Gender Equality (IGE) training-of-trainers course on women’s’ and girls’ leadership in agriculture. With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Land O’Lakes International Development, the IGE program facilitated this session with the... Read more
Men only participate in harvesting and selling but are not willing to participate in planting and weeding vegetables. This was revealed by vegetable farmers in Kasangati sub-county during the second day of the Kick off workshop. The photos below show the interactive sessions during the analysis of gender roles in the horticulture. The youth also shared their experiences in their involvement in family businesses, they however say that, they are usually limited by access to key resources like land which puts them off to start their own businesses.
AgriProFocus Zambia's Gender Trajectory has welcomed it's fourth cohort in 2017! We kicked off this nine-month trajectory with a three-day workshop and participants from SNV, the Cotton Association of Zambia, the Dairy Association of Zambia and a new gender coach, Mr. Knox Kalubi. The aim of this workshop was to equip the participants with the knowledge, skills and tools on how to mainstream gender in their work and activities. It was an eventful three days as participants experienced an enlightenment in their perspective of gender and it's application in value chain development. Click here to read more about the kick-off workshop and the journey our participants and coach will be embarking on! Also for a more visual effect, follow this link to check out pictures on our Facebook page. For any questions and information on how you can take part in our Gender in Value Chains Trajectory, don't hesitate to email Maumo Mubila on: firstname.lastname@example.org... Read more
Following this objective and in celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), 2SCALE and the AgriProFocus network in Mali honored four men who demonstrate a proactive commitment to reduce gender-related inequalities in a vegetable partnership the project supports in Ségou. The recipients included:
• Mahamadou Nantoumé, CEO of Guina Agricole, for strengthening women’s access to quality agricultural inputs and phytosanitary services on preferential terms.
• Bakary Coulibaly, community leader, for promoting ge... Read more
We are glad to inform our esteemed stakeholders that, today the 13th March 2017, AgriProFocus kicks off the first day of the 9 months gender coaching journey, which is usually the very first interface between coaches and coachees to learn about different gender concepts and modules. It takes three days including one for the field visit.
The kick off workshop is aimed at introducing key gender concepts and building the capacities of
the participating organizations in order to develop gender sensitive value chain interventions, and
motivate them to take concrete steps to integrate a gender perspective in their
The participating organizations inlcude; Trias Uganda, National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Enterprises (NUCAFE) and Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) with a total of 7 candidates.
The value chains to be handled include; coffee, maize, beans, irish potatoes, and rice.
Our profe... 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
Nancy Akumu, the Sustainability and Development Manager at AAU was our coachee. It became immediately clear that management commitment in terms of assigning Nancy time to fully engage in the trajectory would depend on a clear articulation of the added value to the firm’s bottom line.
Discussions with her colleagues in management zeroed down on a target that wasn’t being met. In 2015, AAU had set its purchase target from its outgrower scheme at 500-1500MT but was only able to collect 327MT, this had improved to 980... Read more
Pengalaman saya berkecimpung di isu gender berawal dari pengalaman pribadi saya menjadi seorang anak perempuan yang lahir dari keluarga minoritas yang patriarkal. Perlakuan masyarakat yang menyalahkan saya yang terlahir sebagai seorang anak perempuan (bukan anak laki-laki) untuk melegitimasi perginya bapak meninggalkan kami, perlakuan dan pandangan masyarakat yang merendahkan ibu saya sebagai seorang perempuan yang ditinggalkan suaminya dan menjadi orang tua tunggal, serta pengalaman saya menjadi korban pelecehan seksual membuat saya menyadari ada yang “salah” dengan semua tatanan sosial ini. Saya menjadi lebih sensitif dan kritis terhadap pandangan dan perilaku yang membeda-bedakan manusia karena jenis kelamin, etnisitas, agama dan status sosialnya. Pengalaman menjadi korban inilah yang membuat saya bertekad untuk melakukan sesuatu supaya tidak ada lagi orang yang mengalami... Read more
A personal story by Intan Darmawati - Gender Coach
My engagement in gender issues began with my personal experience of being born as a girl in a minority patriarchal family. People blame me for being born as a girl (rather than as a boy) to justify the reason why our father left us. People belittle my mother as a woman whose husband left her and thereby becomes a single parent. My experience of being a victim of sexual abuse has made me realise that there is something “wrong” with our social structure. I have become more sensitive to, and critical of, views and behaviours that discriminate people by sex, ethnicity, religion, and social status. This experience as a victim that makes me determined to do something in order to prevent other people from having similar experiences.
Fighting for Gender Equality
In my journey to fight for justice and gender equality, I have seen many women and men who are not aware that they have been cons... Read more
In my work as a national Gender coach I have had the wonderful opportunity to come into contact with many people and I feel that after some discussion few can deny the contribution that women in Uganda make towards the agricultural sector food security and well being of our population. However, we are still some way from all women acknowledging themselves and taking the opportunity to pat themselves on the back for their efforts the other 364 days of the year. I am continually inspired by the women I meet and their ability to develop themselves.
Two years ago the coachees of the gender in value chains trajectory, a community women's group in Mubende called 'Empowered Voices' were just starting to organise themselves. Now they proudly tell me tha... Read more
Hear from Magdalena Pandan, a 35-year-old oil palm plantation worker in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, who rises before dawn every day to carry out her duties toward her job, her family and her crop lands.
Shifting social norms, alongside economic interventions, is crucial to achieve women’s economic empowerment. However, expertise around social norms change is limited across the sector. Oxfam, in collaboration with BEAM Exchange and the SEEP Network are convening convening a group of actors to better understand how to address social norms through the application of the Practitioner Learning Group (PLG) methodology.
Are you working on shifting social norms in the economy for promoting sustained women’s economic empowerment (WEE)? Are you facing challenges on how to change social norms at scale? Interested in teaming up with other experts facing similar challenges? Then, this initiative is for you!
Deadline for applications: March 10th, 2017 Find out more on the initiative and how to apply here.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to transform the world for the better by 2030 and Gender Equality (SDG5), is without a doubt integral to achieving all these ambitions.
But progress in achieving gender parity is still slow. At the end of 2016, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report estimated that, at the current pace, it would take another 170 years for the gender gap to be closed. This calls for immediate action. Everyone, from individuals and households to organisations and policy makers, needs to commit to accelerating gender equality and ensure that half of the world’s population gets an equal chance to realise their full potential. In addition to being a moral imperative, gender equality is bound to have a great impact on economies.
According to FAO studies, if women had the same access to production resources as men, they could increase their farm yields by 20–30%. This could reduce the... Read more
AgriProFocus Zambia collaboration with Hivos Women@Work Campaign
AgriProFocus Zambia conducted a two day workshop for Hivos during their Annual Partners' Planning and Training Session held in Lusaka from February 27th to March 4th for Eastern and Southern Africa partners. This workshop was to help the Hivos partners and staff to have a better understanding of the Horticulture Value Chain in the East and Southern African region. The partners included women lawyers associations, labor and trade unions, and farmer organisations. Hivos and each partners see an opportunity to promote decent work for women who earn their living in global production chains, specifically in the flower, fruits and vegetable industries.
We introduced the partners to our Toolkits on Gender in Value Chains and It Takes Two to Trade that they can use in practice to identify the constraints women and men face in the horticulture sector. Presentations were given by network members and partners: Dutch E... Read more
Often times women in agriculture and agribusiness lack access to modern farming technology and techniques due to lack of training and education. Further lack of access to finance is a limiting factor to women who are mostly the mainly involved in agriculture production. These limitations hinders advancement of women in this sector.
The government of Tanzania, has pledged to provide modern agricultural inputs including tractors to women practising modern agriculture through the Centre for Advancement of Women in Agriculture in Tanzania (CAWAT) to participate fully in adopting agro-business practices. Additionally, Tanzania Agriculture Development Bank, Tanzania Private Sector Foundation and Yetu Microfinance has promised to continue to offer agricultural loans to farmers including women.
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