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Why a gender approach is good for workers, business and the sector: case from the Ethiopian Flower sector

Conducted by Fair & Sustainable Consulting, funded by IDH and ICCO, and supported by FSI, BSR and EHPEA

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.

The question was 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 Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI). Read more

How online tools can help a practitioner in collecting data for value chain development

At Fair and Sustainable we often need to collect data for a value chain analysis or value chain development monitoring. For the general picture of a value chain (or sub-sector) we can use big data such as data from World Bank, FAO, UNDP and the like. For data collection of more specific nature we have to collect own data. Other value chain practitioners will recognize the following type of questions: What  share of produce is supplied by male and what percentage by female producers to a producer organization? How much does a producer organization sell to processors? What are the main opportunities or constraints in this value chain? Are there specific gender based constraints? Etc. For this purpose we traditionally use paper based surveys or lists of guiding questions for group discussions. However, processing the data is laborious. Read more

Market System Development (MSD) training for People in Need (PIN) in Czech Republic

F&S Consulting and People in Need (PIN), one of the biggest non-profit organizations in Central Europe, signed a contract for a Market Systems Development capacity building process for its project and HQ staff and staff from other Czech development organizations. The support forms part of a capacity building project for Czech development actors funded by the Czech Development Agency. PIN was looking for an expert training and support consultancy that can help their staff to obtain a much better understanding what MSD means and how it can contribute to more sustainable results for its projects overseas. It was agreed that this collaboration would combine a 3 days training  and practical follow-up advice and support to the participants. Read more

Gender and food loss in sustainable food value chains

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has recently published a guiding note on an interesting topic: ‘Gender and food loss in sustainable value chains’. 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.  On behalf of  Fair & Sustainable Anna Lentink contributed to this study together with Cathelijne van Melle of Enclude!

Please find the links to the publication below:

– PDF URL: http://www.fao.org/3/I8620EN/i8620en.pdf

– Card page: http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/I8620EN