gender

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Ethiopia
Posted 23 January 2015 at 01:07

Next GENDER Working Group meeting on Tuesday February 10, 2015, 14-16:00 in APF office, Gabon/ Meskel flower road, for exact location see http://apf-ethiopia.ning.com/page/contact-details.

Let me know if you come. Please read preliminary workplan 2015

Agenda: 

-          Introductions, also of the APF online platform (20 min)

-          Agree with the work-plan and the ToR and select a chairperson for this year (30 min)

-   Inventory of possible field-visit locations: demonstration farms, women cooperatives ( see point 2 of this agenda) (10 min)

Short break

Presentation by one of the members on their gender approach and challenges + feed back (30 min)

-          Presentation of the idea for the manual: inventory of cases that you like to contribute (10 min)

-          Inquiry if there is an interest in gender coaching (10 min)

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Andualem Tadesse I am Andualem Tadesse from Sesame Business Network Support Programme and we are planning to conduct action research on womens involvement in the sesame value chain in Northwest Ethiopia. Do you think it would be helpful for us if we could participate in the meeting?

3 years 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus International
Posted 20 January 2015 at 09:15

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to joint this interesting platform.

I am working with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, in the Cross-cutting Theme on Gender, on women’s economic empowerment.

Our Team will conduct a socio-economic and gender analysis of the dairy value chains in Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia. The analysis will be carried out in selected sites of the countries in order to assess women and men’s roles and responsibilities, their different needs, constraints and challenges along the dairy value chains. The assessment will be carried out by a senior international gender and livestock consultant who will guide national consultants in field data collection and who will operate under the overall supervision of our division.

We would like to kindly ask for your support in the identification of suitable national consultants for this assignment. We would like to identify two or three suitable candidates by the end of January 2015, so as to select and have on bo

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Yelleka de Nooy van Tol Dear Alejandra, great to meet you on this online platform! I am the facilitator of APF ethiopia of- amongst others- the Gender Innovation Community. You are welcome to join the community existing of an array of interesting gender experts here, working with fdifferent organsiations. our next meeting will be on February 10. I will add you to the list of members. for the addresses of experts I will send you a private mail.

3 years 12 months ago

Seblewongel Deneke H Alejandrai , I was wondering if it is possible to share the TOR for the consultants you need? it might make it easier in identifying people. it might also be important to contact ILRI to find out if they have contact. in addition though, i would be interested in the final product as well so if you could be kind enough to keep me in the loop.

3 years 12 months ago

Laurent ULIMUBENSHI Good job done

3 years 11 months ago

Angelica Senders Great initiative. I am interested in keeping updated on this research. I hope this post generates some reactions of possible consultants. It would be good to have an idea of the type of assignments you have in mind for these consultants, if a ToR is not available a brief summary of the character of the assignments might help. I assume you have seen the blog post on the Bachelor thesis of Silja Heyland, she wrote a very interesting Bachelor these on this topic.

3 years 11 months ago

Angelica Senders Please find herewith the links to the post on Silja Heylands thesis: http://agriprofocus.com/search?keyword=silja

3 years 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 January 2015 at 03:00

Webinar and online discussion: We grow business and markets together  

Markets are like systems. Everyone and everything play some kind of role in a market. A consumer, a trader, an entrepreneur, infrastructure, electricity, transport. But also, a teacher, a police officer, a politician, hospitals, schools, and the local government. They all contribute for a market to be established and grow.

If we want to reduce gender inequality and create new opportunities for women in markets - and we really do - we need to consider how we can engage everybody and enable access to everything that can make it happen. This is what we can call market systems development. 

SEEP Network and UN Women have teamed up to bring you a learning series on women's economic empowerment in market systems development. This learning series will run from January to July 2015, and is an opportunity to closely engage with key experts on this topic. 

The series will start with a Webin

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 22 December 2014 at 03:30

Dear all,

this is a message further to the post by Nchimunya of APF Zambia,  with the outputs of the webinar on Women as Inclusive Business partners in the agro-food sector (see http://www.bopinc.org/updates/news/watch-webinars-on-women-as-inclusive-business-partners).  It is worth mentioning that BoPInc and ICCO could develop this webinar and the two cases with the active support of Agro-Pro Focus, gender in VC work. We 'found' the case of Land O'Lakes in the thesis, commissioned by APF of Silja Heyland from WUR on women in dairy value chains.  And the fact that TGT enterprise in Ethiopia is actively adressing women farmers is thanks to APF intervention.   To acknowledge these facts, the APF logo is incorporated in the case summaries.

See: case Land O' Lakes: http://www.bopinc.org/sites/www.bopinc.org/files/documenten/case_land_o_lakes_-_updated.pdf 
and
case TGT Enterprise http://www.bopinc.org/sites/www.bopinc.org/files/documenten/case_tgt_-_updated.pdf 

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Roel Snelder Thanks Nelleke for sharing and for the nice cooperation. Looking forward to next year

4 years 3 weeks ago

Alejandra Safa Barraza Thank you Nelleke, interesting and useful!

3 years 12 months ago

Angelica Senders Thank you Nelleke also for those who have not participated in the webinars the links are very informative. I especially want to draw the attention to the two case study, on eon Land O'Lakes and the other on TGT. Each case is described in a attractive form as a 2-pager.

3 years 11 months ago

Nicole Metz Hi Nelleke / others, I tried to access the cases via the links included above, but they don't seem to function anymore? Could you update them please?

3 years 5 months ago

Nelleke van der Vleuten dear Nicole and other interested readers, thanks for pointing out the omission! Here are the actual links: Land O Lakes: http://bopinc.org/sites/www.bopinc.org/files/documenten/women_as_ib_partners_-_land_o_lakes.pdf and TGT Enterprise: http://bopinc.org/sites/www.bopinc.org/files/documenten/women_as_ib_partners_-_tgt.pdf I am also happy to share the Summary of Good Practices: http://www.bopinc.org/sites/www.bopinc.org/files/documenten/women_as_ib_partners_-_regular.pdf This summary highlights evidence from the various case studies on the business case for engaging women as IB partners and some of the 'secrets of success'. Enjoy reading and I look forward to your comments! regards, Nelleke

3 years 5 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 December 2014 at 03:53

Gender in Value Chain Coaching Track: Closing Workshop

Participants shared their experiences on the application of gender in value chain tools and methodologies, the results achieved and the lessons learned


On December 17 2014, the closing workshop of the Gender in Value Chain Coaching Track of Agri-ProFocus Ethiopia took place at Dreamliner Hotel, Addis Ababa.

The objective of the coaching track was to provide hand-on coaching and advice to organizations motivated to make their value chain interventions gender sensitive with the aim to make male and female entrepreneurs benefit equally from better functioning of agricultural value chains in which roles and gains are equally distributed.

The closing workshop aimed at bringing together the participants in the coaching track to share the experiences they gained with the application of gender in value chain tools and methodologies, the results achieved and the lessons learned. The workshop not only aimed at looking back but also looking forwar

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Miressa Belay Dibaba Dear Gizaw, you done great!. Thank you.

4 years 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 December 2014 at 02:31

Women as Inclusive Business Partners

The second in the series of webinars on Women as Inclusive Business Partners took place on Thursday 27th November, 2014. This webinar focused on two front-running initiatives that benefit from engaging women in the Food and Agriculture sector and  looked at the Food and Agriculture sector in base of the pyramid market.

For those that missed it, the webinar can be easily accessed here: Youtube video of the webinar.

Presentations and Case Studies can be accessed by following the links below;

Presentations by Nelleke van der Vleuten, Mary Munene and Mahalet Solomon

Case studies:
Land O’ Lakes (Mary Munene)

TGT Enterprise (Mahalet Solomon)

The speakers can be contacted using the emails below;

Mary Munene: mary.munene@idd.landolakes.com
for Mahalet Solomon: contact BoPInc - Nelleke van der Vleuten (vandervleuten@bopinc.org )


Nelleke van der Vleuten dear Nchimunya, thanks for sharing the outputs of the webinar on Women as Inclusive Business partners in the agro-food sector. It is worthwile to mention that we could develop the webinar and the cases with the active support of Agro-Pro Focus, gender in VC work: We 'found' the case of Land O'Lakes in the thesis, commissioned by APF of Silja Heyland from WUR on women in dairy value chains. and the fact that TGT enterprise in Ethiopia is actively adressing women farmers is thanks to APF intervention. To acknowledge these facts, the APF logo is incorporated in the case summaries. See: case Land O' Lakes: http://www.bopinc.org/sites/www.bopinc.org/files/documenten/case_land_o_lakes_-_updated.pdf and case TGT Enterprise http://www.bopinc.org/sites/www.bopinc.org/files/documenten/case_tgt_-_updated.pdf Don't hestitate to share the cases! kind regards, Nelleke

4 years 3 weeks ago

Nchimunya Kasongo Hi Nelleke, thank you for this information. We will contact you directly and setup a meeting to hear more about this.

3 years 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 November 2014 at 01:33

Training Gender in Value Chain coaches in Managua 

Managua, November 27, 2014. This is the third day of the training for Gender in Value Chain coaches organized by Hivos for their staff and partners in several Central-American countries. The training is based on the approach developed by Agri-ProFocus, with active participation of Hivos, and will take 4,5 days in total. Today the participants are practicing the tools they have learned during the first two days of the workshop, with representatives of the Biogas program of Hivos and SNV a dairy value chain will be analyzed. Representatives of the coffee cooperative PRODECOOP will provide information on their coffee chain. In two groups the participants will facilitate a conversation with the visitors to analyze the value chains from a gender perspective in order to identify opportunities to include women on a more equal footing. For the participants this is a perfect opportunity to apply the tools for gender sensitive value chain mapping

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Roel Snelder AGri-ProFocus across the globe. Nice that we are working on this worldwide.

4 years 1 month ago

Joseph Houndehin Very interesting! It's very good because we know now a days the important role that women can play to develop agriculture and food security in our country. from Bénin West Africa

4 years 1 month ago

Laurent ULIMUBENSHI AgriProFocus is more than a platform and is beyond a network. It's a ground for growth!

4 years 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 25 November 2014 at 03:35

A Call to Rethink the Dearth of Women Landowners in Africa

A call has been made to the 54 member countries of the African Union (AU) Commission to increase the number of women who own land to 30% by promoting land policies that would address this issue within the next 10 years.

This happened on the conference organized by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), a joint initiative of the AU, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) and the African Development Bank. The  aim of the conference is to “strengthen advocacy for comprehensive land policy in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information”.

It is said that displacement, climate change and entrenched abuse block the support women need to enter the agriculture sector and to be able own land.

Please continue reading the full story on the article written by Rapula Moatshe from Mail&Guardian.

Anatole Majyambere Dear Gizaw, thank you for for sharing this article. The issue of owning land in Rwanda is no more our concern in Rwanda. Women have the equal rights on land as men. If you have a daughter and a son, everyone will inherit 50% of the land. Let everyone come to learn from our experience

4 years 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 21 November 2014 at 08:02

Agri-ProFocus Burundi à travers la Communauté d'innovation Genre et Chaîne de valeur organise, mardi le 25/11/2014 à PEARL RESIDENCE HOTEL, un atelier de restitution de l'analyse sur les contraintes et discriminations de la femme entrepreneur agricole au Burundi.

l'objectif majeur de cet atelier est de démontrer le rôle de la femme dans le développement économique du pays et échanger avec les participants sur les contraintes et discriminations que rencontrent les femmes burundaise dans l'entreprenariat agricole

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 November 2014 at 09:36

Free Webinar: Women in Agro/Food Chains in Emerging Markets

REGISTER NOW!

Thursday 27 November 2014, 16:00 – 17:00 CET (Amsterdam)

 

Speakers include: Mary Munene – Land O’ Lakes (Kenya) and Mahalet Solomon - TGT Enterprise, (Ethiopia), Nelleke van der Vleuten, BoP Inc/ICCO Cooperation

 

This second in the series of webinars on Women as Inclusive Business Partners looks at the Food and Agriculture sector in base of the pyramid markets. Women play an important, but often undervalued role as dairy or agricultural farmers. They are also involved in processing or service provision in value chains.  This webinar looks at two front-running initiatives that benefit from engaging with women in this sector. It also provides a short background to the potential of women in agro-based value chains in BoP markets.

 

To register and for additional information: http://www.bopinc.org/updates/item/301-free-webinar-women-in-agro-food-chains-in-emerging-markets


The webinars are

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masseni sanogo I am happy to learne AgriProFocus that the questions to welcome. Thanks

4 years 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 14 November 2014 at 08:32

Agri-ProFocus Zambia Review, Evaluation and Planning Meeting, 2014

Dear members,

On Wednesday, 12th November, 2014 we had a meeting to review and evaluate our year so far, as well as plan for the year 2015. 

We would like to thank you, our members, for participating and contributing to this activity. From this meeting we formed 4 major Innovation Communities; that is, "Gender in Value Chains", "Access to Finance", "Dairy" and "Horticulture". These can be accessed by subscribing to them under "Innovation Communities" on the left side of the Zambia Page. We would like to take this further and will be hosting individual meetings with each Innovation Community this month, if you are therefore interested in contributing to any of them, please let us know.

The full report, presentations and our Activity Plan for 2015 can be accessed here.

Rwinick Mapanza Mateo This should target the youths who want to venture into agriculture more especially the above programmes. Most youths lack professional experience in managing and forming cooperatives and it is a good beginning for our young farmers. Cooperatives are encouraged to involve mostly the youths (both male and female) in their quest for training.

4 years 1 month ago

Nchimunya Kasongo This is indeed true Rwinick, youth need to be more involved in agriculture activities.

4 years 1 month ago

Posted By in International
Posted 4 November 2014 at 10:16

New release: Coffee Toolkit, approaches and tools to integrate women and youth, into all stages of the value chain

Coffee toolkit Sustainable coffee as a family business. Available online for download now!

The first toolkit to include women and youth in the coffee sector has been released today- a joint collaboration between the Sustainable Coffee Program, Hivos and Agri-ProFocus to address the inequalities that women and youth in the coffee supply chain experience in relation to access to trainings, land ownership, inputs and income. These issues create a generation demotivated to stay in coffee farming, which poses a great threat to coffee production as a whole. 

Therefore, this toolkit provides practical approaches and tools, which serve to motivate and assist coffee roasters, traders and their practitioners to apply an inclusive approach to de-veloping better functioning coffee chains, benefitting both men and women of different age groups equally. It synthesized the learnings of

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Hedwig Bruggeman Very proud that the initial AgriProFocus gender and value chain toolkit is now through joint network action adapted to serve a specific value chain. Congrats ! And I'm with full confidence looking forward to the impact.

4 years 1 month ago

Hance R. Melchior Congrats of the nice and simple technology that can be used by the majority farmers including women, men and youth in coffee harvesting. It is my hope that this new technology will simplify the work for farmers.

4 years 1 month ago

Posted By in Page
Posted 4 November 2014 at 09:35

New release: Coffee Toolkit, approaches and tools to integrate women and youth, into all stages of the value chain

Coffee toolkit Sustainable coffee as a family business. Available online for download now!

The first toolkit to include women and youth in the coffee sector has been released today- a joint collaboration between the Sustainable Coffee Program, Hivos and Agri-ProFocus to address the inequalities that women and youth in the coffee supply chain experience in relation to access to trainings, land ownership, inputs and income. These issues create a generation demotivated to stay in coffee farming, which poses a great threat to coffee production as a whole. 

Therefore, this toolkit provides practical approaches and tools, which serve to motivate and assist coffee roasters, traders and their practitioners to apply an inclusive approach to de-veloping better functioning coffee chains, benefitting both men and women of different age groups equally. It synthesized the learnings of ge

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Taddewo Senyonyi Thanks. I am a youth and deeply involved in coffee business (certified coffee nursery operator and farmer). I do also train youth.

4 years 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 18 July 2014 at 07:30

 

The past few months Silja Heyland, student at Van Hall Larenstein University in Wageningen did a desk research commissioned by Agri-ProFocus entitled 'how gender inclusion improves commercial dairy chains'. The research resulted in a Bachelor thesis. Last week Silja presented her finding during a lunch meeting organized by Agri-ProFocus in Wageningen.

For more information (including the full thesis) and other back ground material (e.g. the PPt and the report of the lunch session) look at:

The video illustrates the case of dairy value chain development in Nicaragua. Even though the experience is taken from another continent, I think the situation will be recognizable for those of you active in dairy value chain development. If not, I am curious to learn in what way the situ

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Posted By in gender-in-value-chains
Posted 14 July 2014 at 01:57

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5 arguments to include women in dairy chain development

Women are highly involved in dairy production, but they are mostly not recognized as dairy farmers. Often women have limited access to credit, markets and business development services.

Agri-ProFocus and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (Angelica Senders) commissioned a study by Silja K. Heyland, student of International Development Management at Van Hall Larenstein Wageningen, on how gender-inclusion improves commercial dairy supply chains in the global south.

The research objective was to find attractive arguments for local business chain actors to address gender issues in their dairy supply chains and to give an overview of chain interventions that contribute to successful gender-inclusion. The research focuses on small-scale dairy farmers and their producer organizations, since this level gives an indication of who benefits and in which way from dairy chain development.

Eight semi-structured interviews have been conducted over

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 June 2014 at 12:21

Women entrepreneurs in Uganda are encouraged to apply for an opportunity to participate in the Netherlands- Uganda Women in Business Program that aims at providing business development support and innovation creation by providing trainings, matchmaking opportunities, technical support and training and a trade mission to the Netherlands.

For details on how to participate, minimum requirements and who to contact, please visit the following link;

http://www.ugandainvest.go.ug/index.php/latest-news/220-netherlands-uganda-women-in-business-program

Please note that the deadline for submitting the application is 30th June 2014.

Do not hesitate to contact me at snatukunda.agrihub@gmail.com for any clarifications required.

Please share widely in your networks!

Peace Ayebale

Dear organising person/people,

I am quite disappointed to find out that women who would like to travel to Netherlands have been marginalised financially. The ordinary farmer in Uganda would not be able to be earning 100m Ug shs. I thought the reason you are helping women is to ensure that each one is treated equally - otherwise, this sort of putting people in boxes according to what they can generate from their farms will only assist the so call rich.

 

Kind regards

 

4 years 6 months ago

Sylvia Natukunda Dear Peace, As much as I would also wish to have programs that address the interests of all women in Uganda, this is not always the case. Every programme has specific objectives it would wish to achieve and for this case, this programming was targeting Women with sizeable businesses. For example, these women entrepreneurs were supposed to cover their own transport costs to the Netherlands of which I believe an ordinary farmer cannot afford. As Agri-Profocus, we try to bring to your attention every opportunity that emerges, when one that covers the majority of women comes up, we will also bring it your way. Sylvia

4 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 31 May 2014 at 09:56

Photos!