Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 14 June 2018 at 10:20

KIT Royal Tropical Institute: Income for female chicken farmers in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria

Many female farmers in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nigeria have a few chickens for home consumption and for sale. To empower these women, several research institutes have partnered with governments and private sector actors within the African Chicken Genetics Gain programme (ACGG). The programme supports the female farmers with new productive breeds, and services to sustain these.

Research shows, however, that whenever chicken rearing becomes more profitable, men often take over the business. ‘For example, they may ask their wife for the income from selling eggs or chicks’, says Julie Newton, gender specialist at KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. To guarantee that women really benefit, KIT has formulated a gender strategy.

The strategy helps to make the needs and position of female farmers more visible. Where possible, they are invited to speak up

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 12 June 2018 at 01:53

CBI in Ethiopia: A women-led company in the coffee business

Like many industries, coffee tends to be a male-dominated business, while 70 per cent of the work is done by women. This is one reason why the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), as part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( supports female entrepreneurs in its Ethiopia Coffee Program.

'We work with local organizations, to identify women’s needs from the start of a project’, explains Lisanne van Beek, gender coordinator of For example, CBI supported Sara Yirga, owner of YA Coffee Roasters. Yirga’s ambition is to roast and export traceable, high quality Ethiopian coffee. CBI helped her to develop an export marketing plan, offered her advice on the market potential, and supported her with branding and packaging. Furthermore, CBI connected her to the international organization Women in Coffee Alliance. Yirga is now promoting her company, in which 85 per cent of her employees are fem

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 7 June 2018 at 01:31

Results Gender in Value Chains programme AgriProFocus

The programme Gender in Value Chains (2015-2018) is funded by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The objective is to build practical gender in value chain expertise by training national coaches. Through coaching tracks, these coaches support organizations and companies in making value chains gender sensitive. 

Do you want to know more about the results of this programme so far? Check out this page from the magazine 'Making Gender Work - Cultivating Diversity'

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 June 2018 at 09:11

Blamed for being born a girl

(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')  

Intan Darmawati is a gender trainer in Indonesia. Her commitment to gender issues comes from her own experiences as a girl in a patriarchal family.

‘My engagement began with my personal experience of being born a girl in a minority patriarchal family. People blamed me for being born a girl (rather than a boy) to justify the reason why our father left us. At the same time, family members criticized my mother because she had now become a single parent. I was also a victim of sexual abuse. These experiences have made me realize that there is something ’wrong’ with our social structure. I am now more sensitive to discrimination, and highly motivated to do something against it.


I have seen many women and men who are not aware of discrimination, because they considerexisting relationships to be normal, as taught by tradition and religion, and controlled by laws an

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 June 2018 at 11:22

Training female farmers, milk collectors and extension entrepreneurs

Since FrieslandCampina established its Dairy Development Programme in the 1980s, the company has trained over 170,000 local dairy farmers in nine countries. The programme increasingly noticed that women often do not show up at training sessions, despite being responsible for rearing young stock, milking and bookkeeping. FrieslandCampina and partners therefore started to develop training courses especially for women in Nigeria and Pakistan.

‘In Pakistan, over 26,000 women are now trained in husbandry practices’, says project manager Tanja Goedhart. As well as this, 300 women have been trained as female extension entrepreneurs and 300 as village milk collectors. This has resulted in over 600 female-led micro enterprises, an increase in yield of 1-2 litres more milk per cow per day on average, and better milk prices. A film was made in which four women tell how the training courses have improved their lives (see film bel

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 4 June 2018 at 10:37

Six ways to include gender in your work

(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')

These tips will enable you to seriously address gender in your programme. Women will benefit, and even better, you will discover that paying attention to gender will increase the success of your programme. 

1. Be explicit about gender 

To get companies, NGOs and other partners on board, it is important to be explicit about the benefits of including women throughout the project. In many developing countries, women play an important role in agriculture, but lack access to resources. Addressing the constraints faced by women leads to better performing value chains, better agricultural production in general, and economic empowerment of women. The benefits of including women throughout the project should be specified, not only in the introduction of your proposal, but also in the strategy and monitoring. When dealing with companies, it can be useful to stress the economi

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CUMA BALOLAGE JEAN MARIE VIANNE It's great, for me i wanted To talk about stevia et mouringa , i'll post it next week.

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Knox Kalubi Very educative and encouraging. We are gender  ambassadors 24/7 

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PETER KOLAWOLE This is educative

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 May 2018 at 07:46

‘Gender is still too often a separate paragraph’

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

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 4 August 2016 at 07:50


Please find HERE the online English version of the third issue of our Ethiopian Farming Matters "Wegel" magazine on Agriculture, food and health. Hope you will enjoy reading it.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 August 2016 at 11:34

Agriculture, Food and Health

Wegel Magazine, July Edition

Please find below the July edition of Wegel Magazine, an Ethiopian version of Farming Matters magazine.

The stories in this edition are themed on Agriculture, Food and Health. Enjoy Reading!

Wegel, Volume I, No. 3

ወገል ከባህላዊ የግብርና መሳሪያዎች አንዱ ሲሆን በጥማድ በሬዎች ወይም በሌላ የጋማ ከብቶች እየተጎተተ በሚታረስበት ሞፈር ላይ እርፍ ከነማረሻው፣ ድግሩንና ሞፈሩን በአንድ ላይ አጣምሮ የሚይዝ ከብረት የሚሰራ ዕቃ ነው። ወገል ከታች ማረሻውንና ድግሩን አንድ ላይ አጣምሮ የሚይዝ ክብ መሳይ ቅርፅ ሲኖረው ከላይ በኩል ደግሞ ከሞፈሩ ጋር በጠፍር ወይም ገመድ ለማሰር የሚያገለግል መንጠቆ መሳይ ነገር አለው፡፡ በጥቅሉ ወገል የተለያዪ ባሕላዊ የእርሻ መ

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 August 2016 at 11:20

Processing Taro into Flour

Achieving Food Security by Increasing Shelf Life

Tefera Lencha, 41, is a hardworking proud farmer with high hopes and dreams. Asked why he looks older than his age, he said this is the result of being a farmer - working from dawn to dusk. Though he is proud of being a farmer, and of course for being able to raise and send his five children to school, he doesn’t want to leave only the farmland for his heirs. He has plans; he plans to be an Investor. “I will establish grain grinding business here in my kebele. I will also open a shop in the city and be a wholesaler of a variety of grains.”  

Farmers in Wolayta and neighboring zones of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region mostly face food shortage from the month of March to June. Potato, sweet potato, qocho (obtained from false banana root) and taro are some of the staples in the area. Farmers also plant maize, wheat, teff, pea and haricot been, though not in large quantities.

To solve the peri

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