Among the participants, five partners of UTZ, the certification organization, wished to polish their gender and mainstreaming knowledge and skills in order to ensure women coffee producers get a fair share of the benefits accruing from this activity.
AgriProFocus’ main innovation through this TOT and its tailor-made coaching is to combine coaching principles with both gender mainstreaming theories and tools and systemic approaches to V... Read more
Hi Everyone, I am Asimenye Chitika a recent participant of the just concluded Gender in Value chains coaches training in Kampala. I am from Malawi, working with Dan Church Aid as the Right to Food Programme Officer. The training was such an enlightening experience for me, learning the so many tools that will help us uncover how best we can make value chains more gender responsive was priceless. Value chains will never be the same again in my organisation:), I am looking forward to applying the knowledge I gained and providing updates on the progress made. Thank you Agri Pro Focus until next time
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
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
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
It has been confirmed that; Gender equality increases productivity and credibility in companies and organizations. If women and youth were meaningfully participating in income generating activities, then Uganda would annually be earning 227 billion shillings [UNDP report 2016].
Women and youth play a significant role in food production and supply chain. Interventions that are gender aware are greatly and positively impacting on their constituencies.
AgriProFocus Ugandan collaboration with KIT, ICCO, HIVOS and F&S therefore; presents to you an opportunity to register and participate in the 5th coaching trajectory in gender and value chains development.
Click here to download the factsheet that has details on the application process.
Deadline for receiving applications is on 30th January 2017
My experience with AgriProFocus 4th gender trajectory 2016.
I have gained a lot of knowledge from this gender trajectory for example I have learnt how to build a good case study, develop a Gender action plan, formulate a Gender policy and follow up on its indicators during and after program implementation.I am sure this will go a long way in improvinig the performance of my organization in its effort to mainstream gender in barley and beans value chains in Kabale, Kanungu, Kisoro and Rubanda districts
This is to thank AgriProfocus for taking us through the Gender trajectory 2016. As Amatheon we had an interest to integrate Gender perspective into our Value Chain Development but did not know where to start from. Having participated in the 4th Gender AgriProFocus Trajectory, the company has made a bold step towards integrating a gender perspective in our value chains. We have completed a situational analysis and developed a gender strategy to be implemented soon.
I would like to encourage and appeal to those who have not had an opportunity to participate in the 2016 trajectory to register for the upcoming one-2017. For there are lots of learning and experience sharing opportunities integrating gender in our organizational Value Chain interventions.
The 2016 Gender in value chains coaching trajectory is enjoying its final workshop today and tomorrow at the agriProFocus office in Kampala. As one of two national gender coaches I have really enjoyed this year and looking forward to starting the fifth trajectory in 2017. Please join us.
Position: Five (1 from each region of Uganda)
Areas of focus: Five regions of Uganda (Northern, Eastern, Central, Western and Southern)
Reports to: GIWE Country Representative-Uganda
Deadline: 10th October 2016
Full Job details here
Description: The Global Institute for Women Empowerment (GIWE) is an international think-and-do-tank Organization which focuses on promoting global Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, International Development, Peace and Security in the world, advancing economic, political and social change through gender policy. Our work in education, economic freedom and liberalism, human rights, peace and security, and policy trainings promotes choice and accountability across private and public sectors. We also work to translate gender policy in practice by engaging young people, women, policy and opinion leaders’ through research, policy debates, pilot p... Read more
Gender discrimination has created huge disparity between men, women, girls and boys in all spheres of life often leading to poverty, marginalization of women and girls.
The role of women in Uganda’s back born for survival cannot be ignored yet little attention has been given to enable women have equal access to and control of resources.
I am glad to be a part of this Platform that will help me learn and share more with development professionals and to have participated in 4th Gender in Value Chain coaching trajectory organized by Agri-Pro-Focus Uganda. The trajectory has enhanced my knowledge on how to deconstruct harmful social constructs that constrain value chains in our Society.
With gender parity the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, it is an opportunity to reflect on how international development has transformed the lives of many women across the world. Recent United Nations statistics reveal that two-thirds of countries in developing regions have now achieved gender parity in primary education. Of course, this is something that should be celebrated. But it is equally important that success isn’t solely quantified in values that may not resonate with local cultures.
At present, success is nearly always measured by common indicators, such as how many women are in the workplace or enrolled in schools. Yet an international development project can make great progress in achieving gender parity within a community, which is not necessarily reflected in the statistics. The perception of success in one community may be the opposite in another. Taking into account the requirements of each local community on ev... Read more
The International Food Policy Research Institute has received a second round of support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to adapt and validate a measure of women’s empowerment that agricultural development projects can use to diagnose key areas of women’s (and men’s) disempowerment, design appropriate strategies to address deficiencies, and monitor project outcomes related to women’s empowerment. This empowerment measure will be based on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) developed by IFPRI, USAID, and OPHI (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative), but will be adapted for project use.
This second round, called GAAP2, will run for five years (2015-2020) and will build on the experience of the Gender, Agriculture and Assets Project (GAAP, 2010-2014), which worked with a set of agricultural development projects to incorporate gender into their M&E f... Read more
The participating organizations that attended the learning event included; COW Foundation, Empowered Voices, Agency for Sustainable Rural Transformation (AFSRT), Christian HIV/AIDS Prevention and Support Organisation (CHAPS), International Solidarity Foundation (ISF).
The event had a twofold approach of learning; in-house sharing as well as a field visit to farmer groups who deal in Village Saving and Loan Association (VLSA) and apiculture as their source of livelihoods.
There... Read more
Welcome to the AgriProFocus reloaded platform. I am pleased to share with you the progress of our 3rd Gender Value Chains Trajectory this year. We participated in the kick off workshop in which a total of 10 organisations attended, in late January. At Empowered Voices, We are now scheduled for our first face-to-face coaching session this Mid March. We are already benefiting from the Gender in Value Chains tool kit which is a guiding document in the process. Watch this space for more updates.