Indian rural development organization Srijan started Self Help Groups for female farmers in 2009. ‘In the beginning it was difficult for these women to see the benefits’, says Arno de Snoo, lecturer at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. Eight years later, however, the benefits are clearly visible.
De Snoo, who started collaborating with Srijan last year, gives the example of Savitri Gaud, a champion in developing her talents. Because Savitri persevered where other female farmers hesitated, or left altogether, her group became one of the strongest in the area. Recognized for her success, Savitri started assisting the formation of women’s groups in other areas and joining Srijan as service providers. Now, she is the respected chairperson of the cooperation Smridhi Mhila Crop Producer, with an annual turnover of 140.000 euro.
AgriProFocus members support entrepreneurial women in a male-dominated business, st... Read more
AgriProFocus adapted its Gender in Value Chains coaching track and tools for these trainings. The trainings are currently taking place in four countries involving partners in Eastern, Southern and West Africa and Indonesia.
In Malawi, the training included a field visit to smallholder tea farmers around Mulanje. These farmers are organized in trusts. The trusts sell green leafs to bigger tea estates, which are being processed and then consumed internationally. The fieldtrip was used to get more information from the smallholders regarding how gender differences affect benefits farmers receive, amongst others. In this part of... Read more
This blog is one of the articles in the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'
‘Nancy participated in a trajectory that the Agriprofocus network organized for the private sector in Uganda. Her Agri&Food company, Amatheon-Agri Uganda (AAU), wanted to receive more and better maize from its out-growers. Initial assessments by Nancy at field level showed that average yields were, indeed, low compared to the national average. Closing the yield gap would translate into a potential gain of 682-2,556 megaton maize a year.
To assess the gap between male and female out-growers in participation, leadership and access to extension, Nancy used the diagnostic tools from the AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chains Toolkit. Her findings showed that weeding, which takes a lot of time, is largely delegated to women, but that they have no access to labour-saving tools. Overall the use of improved tools, practices and inp... Read more
This round-table interview is one of the articles in the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'
How can this be changed?
It is not easy to integrate a gender perspective into a programme. Partners can accuse you of imposing Western values, women are not allowed to participate, colleagues don’t take the issue seriously, and so on. There are, however, many ways to persevere and to enjoy success, according to three experienced gender specialists ‘One way is building a relationship of trust.’
When Julie Newton, senior gender advisor at KIT Royal Tropical Institute explained for the first time to the scientists of the African Chicken Genetics Programme the value of integrating a gender perspective, she experienced some resistance. ‘National scientists initially felt we were imposing Western values of equality, or even feminism. In these cases I remain respectful and I first listen. Then I explain how relatio... Read more
What efforts need to be made to effectively mainstream gender in agrifood value chain projects and programmes? When can a value chain intervention be considered ‘gender-sensitive’? What actions can be implemented to address gender inequalities along the chain?
These guidelines aim to respond to these questions and support practitioners in translating the Gender-Sensitive Value Chain Framework, developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) into action (FAO, 2016a). Building on FAO’s comparative advantage on gender in agriculture and food security, these guidelines are primarily intended to assist practitioners in designing and implementing interventions that provide women and men with equal opportunities to benefit from agrifood value chain development. They offer practical tools and examples of successful approaches to foster a more systematic integration of gender equality... Read more
This new brochure presents experiences and practical lessons of members of the Netherlands Working Group for International Nutrition (NWGN) (e.g. ICCO, SNV and KIT), and opportunities for action by NGOs, companies and public institutions. It summarises the findings from an internal workshop by NWGN in December 2017 held at KIT/Royal Tropical Institute.
Support of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform helped realising this brochure.
The brochure will serve as input for an expert meeting with a key note by IFPRI this Thursday 17 May 2018 in The Hague. (fully booked)
This is the link to the brochure: http://knowledge4food.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/nwgn_nutrition-metrics-publication180515.pdf
!Find the outcomes of the expert meeting on 17 May on www.knowledge4food.net soon.
Ugandan Finance minister Matia Kasaija has urged ministries, departments and government agencies to focus on implementing gender and equity within their sectors or risk having their budgets approved by Parliament.
During a gender and equity stakeholders forum held at Sheraton Kampala Hotel, the minister not only emphasised that agencies, ministries and departments provide an inclusive budget that addresses the different development concerns for all, but also launched the national training curriculum and manuals for technical officers. Hence its importance in economic growth.
In February 2015, President Yoweri Museveni assented to the Public Finance Management Act. Provisions of gender and equity budgeting of the Act, oblige MDAs to address gender and equity issues in the budget framework papers, ministerial policy st... Read moreWe do not want to leave anybody behind, therefore every Ugandan must be given the opportunity to make money and become rich, Kasaija said.
This year's European Development Days will run on 5-6 June 2018 in Brussels under the theme ‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest.’ For this year’s European Development Days, the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Kenya took the initiative to run a local campaign to showcase how EU and Member States interventions have impacted the lives of women and girls in Kenya.
Last week, the Delegation sent a video production team to Makueni County to meet a successful women’s business group and capture their voices from the field. SNV has been working with the women’s group under the EOWE programme with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands under the ‘Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women’ (FLOW) framework, by facilitating behaviour change around gender norms that restrict equal economic opportunity and by supporting the business group to st... Read more
UIUC is soliciting expressions of interest in this position and this position is contingent on funding. We recommend submitting your application ahead of application deadline.
Summary of Position:
AgReach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) seeks qualified Visiting Youth and Gender Specialist candidates for an anticipated four-year USAID-funded higher education program in Malawi. The primary objective of this initiative is to increase Malawi’s skilled, employable workforce by expanding access to higher education, especially for vulnerable populations including youth and women in rural areas by focusing on high-demand employment subjects and training programs for increased economic impact. Over the longer-term, this will result in increasing economic opportunities for youth who stay in school.
The Visiting Youth and Gender specialist will be responsible for design and implementation of activities to enhance adolescent... Read more
Interview Louise Anten, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For the AgriProFocus magazine on gender "Making Gender Work: cultivating diversity", Louise Anten was interviewed to share the perspective of the Dutch ministry on gender in agriculture.
Louise Anten is part of the Task Force for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is composed of people from different divisions within the Ministry. Her focus is economic empowerment of women in private sector development.
She shares her core message: Women’s rights and gender equality must be taken into account in all development cooperation, and not just receive attention in projects specifically directed towards women. To ensure that this happens, it is crucial to find business cases for gender inclusive development.
‘To integrate respect for women’s rights and gender equality in everything we do,’ was Louise Anten’s reply wh... Read more
Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
Event Date: 18th – 22nd June 2018.
NB: Discounts up to 25 % for group registrations
Gender sensitivity in agricultural practices and extension is an important area that affects people of all walks in life. It entails gender equity, gender roles and further implies that roles should not be ascribed for instance to the females alone, or the males exclusively as this will amount to set back to the progress of agriculture. Gender equality refers to equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for women and men, girls and boys. It is the absence of discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex in opportunities, in the allocation of resources and benefits, or in access to services such as agricultural advice. It implies that the interests, needs, and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the di... 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!
By providing information and advice on business start-up procedures, available resources of finance, technology and manpower and in some cases office space and facilities at a low rent, business hubs can support women-led start-ups through the tricky early stages. In many cities around the world, business hubs are popping up and providing support to (especially young) women to kick-start their own businesses. However, in rural areas business hubs are less frequently seen. In addition, most existing business hubs do not take gendered differences in terms of access, barriers and opportunities into account. What types of services could support rural women in the start-up and development of their business? Who will run/host a rural business hub? And how will it be financed?
These questions are currently being explored by the programme team of the ‘Enhancing Opportunities for Women's Enterprises’ programme. The programme is being implemented between 2016 and 2020 in Kenya and Vietnam with fun... Read more
SEADS joins in strengthening gender equality
The Government of Rwanda has made great progress in promoting gender equality, improving women’s access to resources, participation in economic activities and in decision making. SEAD proudly continues this good work and has given gender-inclusiveness an important role within the project.
From February 13 to 15, SEAD organised a workshop which aimed to increase knowledge on gender and gender-inclusiveness. The workshop was attended by student representatives from beneficiary educational institutions, whose purpose was to disseminate the lessons that they had learned from the workshop at their own institutions. The training took place at Hilltop Hotel, Kigali, and was facilitated by FATE Consulting Ltd. FATE is a gender equality-focused consultancy firm based in Rwanda.
Isimbi Roberte, a gender expert and FATE Managing Director, discussed several topics with the participants, like sexual harassment and unwanted pregnancies. ”Unwanted pregnancies are on... Read more
Enabling Youth-Led Economic Empowerment
How to apply: here
Sector: Gender & Youth
Deadline: 30th April, 2018 Washington D.C. local time
The 1.8 billion young people in the world today represent the largest youth population in history. In many parts of the world, youth lack opportunities for education and meaningful employment; an estimated 21 percent of youth are neither employed nor enrolled in education or training opportunities leaving these youth disaffected and with little hope for their future prospects.
Youth unemployment disproportionally affects young women. Globally, only 37 percent of young women participate in the labor force, compared to 54 percent of young men. When young women are excluded from economic opportunities, gender inequality is reinforced and they are less able to invest in their own health, education and safety – and that... Read more
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to share with you the new publication titled Gender and food loss in sustainable value chains. A guiding note.
The purpose of this publication is to help policy-makers, project designers and field practitioners to understand and analyse the nexus between gender equality and food loss, while offering practical guidance on, and tools for, integrating gender concerns into the planning and implementation of food loss studies and reduction strategies and interventions.
The publication will support the implementation of FAO’s Food Loss Analysis Methodology, which provided the base for more than 70 case studies in the scale agriculture and fisheries subsector of 24 countries. The guiding note may also serve as a supporting document in the mainstreaming of gender and social considerations into the food loss assessments in general.
Please find the links to the publication below:
- PDF URL: http://www.fao.org/3/I8620EN/... Read more
Last week it was International Women’s Day. This year’s International Women’s Day theme urges all of us to #PressforProgress, a call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. Not only on International Women's Day, but everyday. It encourages us all to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. From the big global online campaign we would like to zoom in and share how rural communities in Kenya and Vietnam are driving awareness and changing behaviours to change women's lives for the better.
Under the ‘Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises’ (EOWE) programme, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, SNV works with rural communities in Kenya and Vietnam to increase women’s participation in and benefits from economic activities in the agricultural sector. In this sector, women’s unequal access and age... Read more
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Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
Event Date: 16th - 20th April 2018.
Gender sensitivity in agricultural practices and extension is an important area that affects people from all walks of life. It entails gender equity, gender roles and further implies that roles should not be ascribed for instance to the females alone, or the males exclusively as this will amount to set back to the progress of agriculture. Gender equality refers to equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for women and men, girls and boys. It is the absence of discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex in opportunities, in the allocation of resources and benefits, or in access to services such as agricultural advice. It implies that the interests, needs, and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the diversity among different groups o... Read more