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Geodata and ICT Solutions for Inclusive Finance and Food Security

By Martijn Vranken

Diagram GeodataSatellite data, drones, advanced sensor and software packages; these are just some examples of using technology in 21st century agriculture. As today’s farms in developed countries become more familiar with technology and investments in AgTech are picking up, how can geodata and ICT solutions also bring value to smallholder farmers in developing countries? Read more

External evaluation of UTZ Certified tea programme in Sri Lanka

Sri LankaEarly 2016 FSAS conducted in collaboration with Nucleus Foundation, Sri Lanka, the External Evaluation of this programme, implemented by UTZ, Douwe Egberts Foundation and various Sri Lankan tea institutions. The purpose of this evaluation was to inform UTZ and stakeholders on the outcomes of the tea programme and draw lessons and recommendations. Outcomes were specified as the social, economic and environmental changes as seen and perceived by tea estate managers, estate workers and tea smallholders. Read more

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