The IDH team is celebrating International Women’s Day. Join us! 

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The theme this year is ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’, a call to action for greater gender parity backed by a campaign that highlights how gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

Seeing gender equality as much as a business issue as a social and political issue is very much aligned with the IDH approach. Research has proven that women are key drivers for growth and sustainability: when women have equal access to resources in agricultural supply chains, yields have the potential to increase by 20 to 30 per cent. And we’re continuously working with our partners to pursue new ways to achieve more gender balance in service delivery, in the workplace, and in farm and household decision-making.

As part of our commitment to Gender Equality and Empowerment, 2019 will see an increased focus on improving the collection and measurement of data to better design and measure gender-balanced interventions for impact. To this end, we are piloting a new data collection tool with the aim to roll this out across IDH, and will be publishing the highlights of our insights later in the year.

Through improved capacity-building for our own staff, we’re aiming for more gender-balance in our programs and organization. We’re excited to gather and share the coming year the first learnings from programs that are piloting and scaling gender transformative programs, such as our cocoa, and bananas programs.

To mark International Women’s Day 2019, we’re reflecting on what it takes to establish gender-balanced supply chains. As well as sharing some practical tools, we have gathered some inspiring examples that can support your organization to work towards a more gender-balanced world.

Please join us in our journey to #BalanceForBetter on #WomensDay.

  • A roadmap to address gender-based violence

    Last December, we published a roadmap to address gender-based violence (GBV) and other forms of sexual harassment in the Kenyan tea sector. The roadmap provides information on the importance of addressing GBV in the workplace, as well as practical recommendations and guidance for companies that want to effect change.

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    A roadmap to address gender-based violence
  • Increased gender awareness

    In India, as part of a broader gender sensitization activity across IDH programs, 2,000 Field Facilitators have been trained on gender awareness in their work. Through their trainings, the Field Facilitators reach over 1 million cotton, spice and grape farmers across India. The learnings from the training also serve as input to further design gender-balanced interventions and trainings across India. Watch this video to learn more.

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    Increased gender awareness
  • Towards gender equity in Tanzanian coffee farming household

    In Tanzania, IDH and partners are providing trainings in agronomy and access to finance for women in coffee farming households. This short film provides an example of women that are empowered to become equal business partners, making coffee a family business.

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    Towards gender equity in Tanzanian coffee farming household
  • Indicators to measure gender impact

    Informed by our work in the Ethiopian Flowers sector, we have published a list of key performance indicators that companies can use to measure data on their workplace safety and gender equality programs.

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    Indicators to measure gender impact
  • More gender-balanced workplaces

    In Kenya and Ethiopia, the tea and flowers programs work towards safer and more gender-equal workplaces. Hear from our partners why they find it important to work towards a gender-balanced workplace.

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    More gender-balanced workplaces
  • Investing in the family farm

    The road to sustainable cocoa is the road that invests in women. Read this blog by Gaël Lescornec, our program manager Cocoa, Gender & Food Security to learn more on why we should invest in the family farm not just in the cocoa farmer.

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    Investing in the family farm
  • Applying a gender lens to value chains

    IDH is proud to have joined the global 16 Days of Activism campaign at the end of 2018, calling for action to raise awareness of and prevent violence against women. Our partners joined in to share why they believe a gender lens should be applied to our value chains. Find out what they said.

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    Applying a gender lens to value chains
  • A Gender Toolkit and Gender Guide

    We have published a Gender Toolkit offering practical case examples drawn from the sectors and projects that we work in, as well as a Gender Guide, where we explore opportunities to integrate gender aspects in different programming steps of projects and inventions. Over the course of 2019 we will further build upon the Toolkit by including case examples from IDH sector programs.

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    A Gender Toolkit and Gender Guide

How will you be inspired to ‘THINK EQUAL, BUILD SMART, INNOVATE FOR CHANGE’ in 2019?

For more inspiration on embedding gender equality in your organization, visit our Gender Impact page to explore podcasts and other publications detailing our approach, practices and latest news.




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