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May 1, 2016Knowledge Portal
Rural women’s participation in producer organizations: An analysis of the barriers that women face and strategies to foster equitable and effective participation

This paper analyzes the factors that hinder women’s participation in producer organizations and aims to identify and document good practice that can be applied by agricultural research and development institutions. In the last decades, participation in producer organizations has become a key principle of development, enabling people’s empowerment, inclusiveness, and facilitating democracy. However, studies show that women and youth often remain excluded from participation and leadership roles, decision-making processes and services. This review identifies several factors as major barriers for women’s participation. »

April 28, 2016Knowledge Portal
Reducing rural women’s domestic workload through labour-saving technologies and practices

This toolkit from IFAD provides practical papers on how labour-saving technologies and practices can promote inclusive development through reducing the domestic workload and freeing up time to perform productive tasks, but also to participate in decision-making processes and development opportunities. Labour-saving technologies can also make rural areas more attractive places for younger people. »

January 21, 2016Knowledge Portal
Looking for greener pastures: African youth and their future jobs

In this blog post on the INCLUDE platform, Marije Balt from Springfactor elaborates on youth moving to urban areas and explores programmes and plans of donors to invest in job creation in Africa’s largest sector, agriculture. The blog highlights a number of obstacles faced by young people wishing to engage in agriculture, such as the stigma surrounding agriculture as a lifestyle and source of livelihood, restricted access to land, irrelevant education, inability to handle risk and poor access to finance. Comprehensive approaches are needed, both in rural and urban areas, in agriculture and other sectors, whuch can help youth in Africa find decent work and stop looking for the proverbial greener pastures elsewhere, Balt concludes. »

Pre-announcement third Call Food & Business Applied Research Fund
January 12, 2016News
Pre-announcement third Call Food & Business Applied Research Fund

In the first quarter of 2016 NWO-WOTRO will launch the third Call for proposals for the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF), one of the two funding instruments within Food & Business Research. The scope of the Call has been defined in close co-operation with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. »

Youth employment and agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
November 19, 2015Expert opinion
Youth employment and agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
Theme: Youth in agrofood systems

This expert opinion written for the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies, underlines that agriculture has an important role to play in tackling the youth unemployment challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa. »

Inclusive business: from attention to action
August 28, 2015Study
Inclusive business: from attention to action
Theme: Inclusive Business

As a key theme, inclusive business in international development has been on the agenda for some years now. With attention maintained in 2015, the growth of this trend is projected to continue in the long run. In addition to important organizations and networks, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) remains committed to the development »