Gender in Coffee Value chain

Gender in Value Chains is one the products F&S has been devoted for years. Using customized and framed gender tools, F&S provides training, coaching, capacity building, and institutionalizing services in relation to gender aspects. Our root company in the Netherlands, Fair & Sustainable Consulting, has developed a number of gender mainstreaming and women empowerment tools in collaboration with various international organizations. And as a social enterprise and development aid firm, F&S has contributed a lot to the topic.

Earlier this year F&S Ethiopia was on Gender in Coffee Value Chain assignment in Jimma. Rain-Forest Alliance UTZ, with AgriProFocus Ethiopia, assigned us to provide a gender training on coffee value chain to introduce relevant gender tools in the sensitization workshop targeting selected coffee farms.

Management team members and representatives from the two coffee farms, representatives of Woreda level Women and Children Affairs bureaus of Oromia and SNNP regions, and relevant stakeholders attended the workshop. The objective of our assignment was to equip participants with effective gender approaches for further collaboration at farm level and to sensitize the level of awareness towards gender to the coffee farms and stakeholders.

UTZ sees gender equality as human right that has to be protected and promoted. Thus with gender equality UTZ understands that “men and women experience equal rights and opportunities and are free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without limitations set by stereotypes, rigid gender roles or prejudices.”

Our gender experts Hibiete Tesfaye and Ayalew Abebe involved in this assignment.

On this Friday, the world will celebrate the International Women’s Day 2019, campaigning with a theme of #BalanceforBetter. It is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. F&S would like to express its commitment to continue working with all stakeholders to empower women and attain gender equality.

 


In the picture: is the gender tool originally developed by AgriProFocus and Fair & Sustainable Consulting, then translated in Amharic and adopted by Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, AgriProFocus, and UTS. The tools depicts Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework.

F&S Seeking Research Consultant

Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia (fs-ethiopia.com) in collaboration with AgriProFocus, ICCO Cooperation and Edukans seek a consultant to assess and map agri-skills services in two parts of Oromia region (Arsi and West Shewa zones).

This person will be responsible to conduct a study on public and private agri-skills and agricultural extension services. The consultancy includes developing research tools, conducting field research, and reporting on results.

Key competencies sought:

  • At least 5 years of working experience in the agricultural sector in Ethiopia
  • Knowledge of agricultural development; vocational training or skills development expertise and familiarity with the agricultural extension service and network is a preference.
  • Awareness of inclusive agriculture development challenges from the perspective of women, youth and persons with disabilities.
  • Excellent research and report writing skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and work jointly with technical advisors and project implementing partners.
  • Competence in Oromiffa.

The estimated number of consultancy days for a national consultant available for this assignment is 32. TOR for assignment is attached.

To apply, please send a letter with a technical and financial proposal including an interpretation of TOR together with CV to victor.van.der.linden@fairandsustainable.nl by 8:00am Thursday April 5, 2018.

Internal Learning: Product Development

Today, we are having an internal learning workshop where all our consultants presented to further enhance our Products offered through our Business Development services. And Victor Van Der Linden and F&S General Manager led the workshop.

Our Role in the Linking and Learning Component of FSRE Fund

F&S Ethiopia has an important role in the Linking and Learning component of the FSRE Innovation Fund. The program was financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia.

And while ICCO Cooperation manages the fund, AgriProFocus Ethiopia, hosted in Ethiopia by F&S, runs the linking and learning part of the program. Hence, our consultants took the lead role in providing trainings and coaching services for the fund winners, by also organizing networking events.

Read this interesting story entitled “Beyond the usual Funding” written by our consultant Teklemariam Awoke and featured on the Food Security platform of the embassy.

Internal Learning: Market System Development

Jochem Schneemann, from Fair and Sustainable Consulting in the Netherlands, was here in Addis to further coach our consultants and

invited partners about the Market System Development (MSD) approach. The event is part of the continuous internal learning trend in F&S Ethiopia. In parallel, our partners from different NGOs were invited to be introduced and updated on the MSD approach.