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
- 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)
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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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... Read more
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
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... Read more
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
case TGT Enterprise http://www.bopinc.org/sites/www.bopinc.org/files/documenten/case_tgt_-_updated.pdf
Don't... Read more
Gender in Value Chain Coaching Track: Closing WorkshopParticipants 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... Read more
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;
Land O’ Lakes (Mary Munene)
The speakers can be contacted using the emails below;
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... Read more
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.
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
Free Webinar: Women in Agro/Food Chains in Emerging Markets
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... Read more
Agri-ProFocus Zambia Review, Evaluation and Planning Meeting, 2014
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.
Coffee toolkit Sustainable coffee as a family business. Available online for download now!
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... Read more
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... Read more
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;
Please note that the deadline for submitting the application is 30th June 2014.
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