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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


Successful models to empower women in outgrower schemes

AgDevCo, UK based impact investor that finances African agribusinesses, recently published a case study by Els Rijke on empowering women in outgrower schemes.

The study showcases best practices to promote women’s economic empowerment in outgrower schemes. It derives practical lessons from successful outgrower schemes of AgDevCo’s investees, and links these to ten underlying principles of success.

Els visited the majority of companies last year to test out a gender toolkit Fair & Sustainable and AgriProFocus made for AgDevCo. This toolkit will be available or sharing later this year.











For more information: angelica.senders@fairandsustainable.nl

Evaluation of participatory forest management pilots and biomass energy production in Rwanda (PAREF NL2) 

This summer Fair & Sustainable and ADE (Belgium) evaluated the Project of support to Participatory forest management pilots and biomass energy production in 9 districts of Rwanda (PAREF NL2) at the request of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Kigali. A project carried out from August 2013 to June 2017 by the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority (RNRA) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and its Department of Forestry and Nature Conservation (DFNC). The evaluation team consisted of Jochem Schneemann (team leader) and National consultant Mr. Oscar Nzayirambaho. Read more