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Building a community of Gender in Value Chain Coaches

Learning Journey: Coaching on gender sensitive value chain development

In June 201Group Photo GVC -APF-Training June 2016 - Edit6 ten AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chain (GVC) coaches from a variety of countries (ranging from Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia to Benin and Indonesia) gathered in Kampala for a training. The objective of this training was twofold: it was held to further expand the expertise of national Gender coaches, while also creating a solid team, a community of coaches for co-creation and peer learning. Read more

How to select value chains

Guidelines for value chain selection: Integrating economic, environmental, social and institutional criteria.
Guidelines VC selection

In close collaboration with GIZ and ILO, Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (FSAS) consultants Jochem Schneemann and Trude Vredeveld developed a publication named Guidelines for Value Chain Selection. The Guidelines provide development practitioners, such as development organizations, NGOs, donors and governments with an easy to use tool to identify those value chains with most potential to achieve their development objectives and targets within a reasonable time frame. Read more

Women as business partners

Women as business partnersWhen agro-businesses take gender aspects into account, their productivity and efficiency will rise. And the company becomes more competitive. But how to do it, and where to start? Read more

Managing an external evaluation in six countries

By Ben Haagsma

On the request of ZOA, Netherlands, FSAS conducted an external evaluation of their DCR funded programme with the specific theme of: Community based Livelihood development in view of peace and stability. This evaluation covered six countries – Burundi, DR Congo, Liberia, South, Sudan and Uganda – all recovering from different types of conflicts. The evaluation assessed the key assumption: Read more

Women as Inclusive Business partners: How companies benefit from engaging women

Eosta chili plukkerske med baby ‘Women as Inclusive Business partners’ is an initiative by BoP Innovation Center and its strategic partner ICCO Cooperation. It is built on the recognition that there is a business case for the private sector to actively engage low-income women in their value chains; as producers, processors, employees, distributors or consumers. Such business can be profitable and contribute to a company’s overall objectives, and at the same time help to meet the needs and serve the interests of women in the base of the pyramid. Nelleke van der Vleuten of Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services is project leader of the initiative.  This blog was earlier published by The Practitioner Hub, an online platform for practitioners and facilitators of inclusive business. Read more