Are you curious to know why a gender approach is good for workers, business and the sector, in the case of the Ethiopian flower sector? Read the concrete findings of my colleague Jochem Schneeman.
At global level there is ample and increasing evidence that investing in the female workforce aligns well with business priorities, such as meeting productivity targets, maintaining a strong and stable workforce, increasing labor productivity, compliance with health and safety requirements, and improved worker engagement.
IDH commissioned the study to find out whether such evidence could also be found in the Ethiopian floriculture sector, where gender interventions took place since 2014 by the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) and the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), supported by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and the Floricultur... Read more
Last week I was in Guatemala for the launch of the Spanish version of the coffee toolkit!!! This book was produced a year ago in English under the title ‘ Sustainable coffee as a family business; tools and approaches to include women and youth’.
Thanks to Hivos Central America a Spanish version was produced. The book launch was part of a gender in value chain workshop organized and facilitated by Hivos Central America together with AgriProFocus in Guatemala city. Thirty-five (35) people participated in the workshop representing the development-, the cooperative - and the private sector active in different value chains. The coffee -, the honey - and the cardamom sector were well represented. The workshop was very motivating for the participants to address gender in the development of these value chains, not only for social reasons (gender justice) but also for economic ones (more competitive value chains). Hivos and its partner... Read more
Dear AgriProFocus network members, particularly in Indonesia, Kenya and Ethiopia,
The 'landscape approach' is among the areas of interest of many of our members. Several institutions and organisations are experimenting with this approach, and see benefits for entrepreneurial farmers and their communities to apply this approach.
In this context, it is good to know about the existence of the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA; former Sustainable Land and Water Program, SLWP), an initiative led by IDH and involving a wide range of experts in the fields of water management, agriculture, supply chains and many more.
Activities take place in landscapes in 6 countries, including Indonesia, Kenya and Ethiopia.
In each selected landscape, the ISLA will convene relevant stakeholders, explicitly including companies sourcing from and impacting the area. The ISLA will then facilitate discussions about possible interventions in that landscape, recognizing costs and benefits of different scenarios for... Read more
The Sustainable Food Lab’s 2015 Summit is an opportunity to explore new challenges—emerging issues in the food system as well as the leadership required to engage across organizations, sectors and regions. All business must meet targets for operations and raw materials, and many NGOs are focused on business supply chains. Yet to ensure a reliable supply of raw materials and sustainable livelihoods many organizations are expanding their attention to sourcing regions. This is not beginner’s territory. This scope expansion requires a new type of leadership and collaboration. “System leaders,” as we have called them, are in high demand. In support of system leaders, the Food Lab Summit blends technical expertise, with organizational strategy, and personal leadership.
The Sustainable Food Lab Leadership Summit on the ss Rotterdam, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The conversations that will anchor the agenda are:
• Collective action in landscapes and watersheds: What are we learning a... Read more