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The toolkit is a result of widespread stakeholder consultation processes conducted by FARA and its partners, and aims to spearhead and advise on gender mainstreaming into business incubations processes under the UniBRAI program. It provides support to incubation programmes, incubator managers and incubates who wish to promote inclusive businesses, and motivates intended users by providing practical gender mainstreaming tools to use. The ideas, processes and tips in this toolkit can also be applied in other similar business incubation programmes and business strengthening undertakings.  The...
The study identified three main external drivers of the more innovative and transformative gender agendas: the project context; the commitment from the donor to addressing gender issues in agribusiness and value chain development, underpinned by technical support; and accreditation for fair trade and decent work. The main internal drivers include: the presence of a gender strategy linked to budget allocations; skills within the project staff to deliver on gender equality; an understanding - and commitment - among the private sector partners and other service providers of the economic, as well...
This is the  High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development's review of the SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This review provides brief analyses of trend data for SDG 5 targets and status updates. It also identifies challenges for implementation at the national level and opportunities for implementation. The review provides recommendations to decrease the gaps especially in gender disaggregated data and emphasizes areas in which intergovernmental bodies can play a more visible role and provide guidance. Source: ECESA and UNWomen
This brief, produced by the OECD-DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) and the DAC Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT ), provides an overview of official development assistance (ODA) going to women’s economic empowerment. It identifies key trends, financing gaps and priority areas for improving donor support in this area. KEY FINDINGS Aid committed by DAC members to women’s economic empowerment reached USD 8.8 billion on average per year in 2013-14 – a rise from USD 5.2 billion in 2007-08. This is the first upward trend in aid to gender equality in the economic and...
Poverty targeting, gender equality and empowerment are cornerstones of IFAD’s work to reduce rural poverty and food and nutrition insecurity. This puts people – rural women, men, youth and indigenous peoples – at the center of IFAD’s development projects and policy engagement. This unique approach aims to support the development of inclusive, equitable, sustainable and resilient rural societies and agriculture sectors that are food secure and able to take advantage of the opportunities provided by growing markets, thus providing a springboard to rural transformation. This toolkit explains how...
The objective of this report is to identify areas that the African Development Bank (AfDB) and its partners could target to empower women economically in agriculture. Addressing the barriers that reduce the participation of women along the agricultural value chain, from production through to processing and trade will be pivotal in transforming their role in the sector and in empowering them economically. Four sub-sectors were selected for analysis in this study: cocoa, coffee, cotton and cassava. The first three were selected based on their economic significance for the region, due to their...
This report aims to help companies close productivity and efficiency gaps in agribusiness value chains, particularly those in smallholder production. At each stage—(1) input provision and use; (2) production; (3) post-harvest processing and storage; and (4) transportation, marketing, and sales—it outlines key challenges that women face, highlights business benefits, and offers potential private sector solutions. Companies can use this report as a resource to understand how gender dynamics impact their businesses, identify steps they can take to address constraints, and ultimately strengthen...
This paper applies the Total Portfolio Activation framework to help mission investors maximize their social and environmental impact across their entire portfolios and to generate positive benefits for women and girls. It presents concrete examples of leading opportunities, as well as a variety of case studies of investors, funds, and initiatives that integrate gender considerations into their investment activities. Authors: Kristin Lang, Joshua Humphreys, Christi Electris Source: Croatan Institute
This paper provides a framework for impact investors as they consider how to invest in issues related to food and agriculture across asset classes, including public equities, fixed income, venture capital, and real assets. By identifying these opportunities for investment, investors can maximize the potential for positive impact and portfolio returns. Author: Kristin Lang, Joshua Humphreys, and Andreea Rodinciuc  Source: Croatan Institute
This document, Towards Gender-Equitable Small-Scale Fisheries – A handbook In support of the implementation of the voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (henceforth the “handbook”), was developed to support gender-equitable small-scale fisheries by enhancing the understanding of their gender dimensions, with a focus on the specific role and conditions of women in the small-scale fisheries sector. The handbook is organized into three parts: ›› PART 1 briefly explains the concepts of gender and gender...

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