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Undoing systemic barriers to gender inclusivity in Southern Africa

Gender inequality is a persistent challenge across Southern Africa, and the agribusiness sector is no exception. Though women dominate the agricultural workforce, gender bias and social norms limit their access to financial services and resources. The first step for progress is understanding how these systemic barriers prevent women from engaging in business opportunities and farm-related decision-making.

22 March 2023

Participants in a gender & inclusivity dialogue

Advocacy and collaboration yield results in push for sustainable value chains

Whilst civic space across the world has been under increasing pressure in 2022, leading to still greater inequalities, people continue to stand up for their rights, even in the most difficult circumstances. The people at the beginning of global value chains are taking on a lion’s share of the work but millions of them are unrewarded for it. Amidst the…

21 March 2023

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Meet Mary

Mary Wairimu Oloo, who lives in Kenya’s Trans Nzoia County, moved back to her family’s coffee farm after retiring from a government role. Since then she has been diligently improving productivity on the farm, diversifying her income and helping others along the way. 

15 March 2023

Mary Wairimu Oloo is a coffee farmer who lives in Kenya’s Trans Nzoia County

Equal partnerships in the fashion industry: How brands and retailers can take the first steps

We’ve been talking about how building equal partnerships between fashion brands and suppliers can improve sustainability and workers’ livelihoods for over half a decade. So why do brands still struggle with this concept and what it should look like in practice? There are many complex reasons. And we’ve heard many excuses. It’s time to start taking small steps to change…

13 March 2023

Women leveraging digital innovations to build sustainable, inclusive value chains

"It is essential that women are the protagonist of their work, both in the field and in decision-making at the community level, and for that, they need to have all the information." Angélica Paz, member of Capucas, a cooperative of coffee-farming families in Honduras, advocates for the adoption of digital tools among all members of her community. Contributions like hers…

07 March 2023

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