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  • Invitation: 5th anniversary of the Living Wage Lab


    It’s been five years since Hivos and Fairfood started the Living Wage Lab. And despite COVID, we are not going to have this auspicious moment go unnoticed. We would like to invite all our Living Wage Lab members and anybody with an interest in agrifood, living wages and living incmes to join us on Thursday 19 November for our one-off broadcast with key speakers from the industry. 

  • For menstruation’s sake: menstrual care provisions for women flower farm workers in Uganda


    Across sectors, most leadership and planning positions at the workplace are held by men and as such, very little consideration is given to provisions around menstrual care and products for female employees. Within the horticultural sector this presents a particularly big challenge because low wages directly contribute to period poverty: meaning most women view these products as luxuries when in fact they should be regarded as necessities.

  • Addressing maternity protections and the silence around infant loss at the workplace


    Life happens at the workplace and for millions of women this also means enduring pregnancy and infant loss while working. How can and should employers support parents going through this loss? What does the law say? For women in Uganda’s flower farms, these questions are slowly being answered.

  • Freedom through financial literacy, a Ugandan story


    One of the most glaring inequalities that plagues humanity continues to be economic inequality. Even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic, the gap between the rich and the poor has been stretched tenfold and the most economically vulnerable in society have borne the brunt of massive layoffs, salary reductions and inflation.

  • Union: farmworkers should get US-dollar wages


    Government has been urged to direct farmers to pay farmworkers in United States dollars to mitigate the continuous erosion of wages through inflation. This follows a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) reached on 9 July 2020 that purports to increase farmworker wages by almost 100% but still leaves the wages way below the poverty datum line.

  • Technology set to change agriculture practices post-COVID lockdowns


    Technology might change agricultural practices in Zimbabwe for good, once COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have ended. This emerged when a women’s entrepreneurial training program was almost derailed because stakeholders couldn’t do required site visits on farms due to stringent lockdown rules. Drone technology came to the rescue, doing the work faster and more efficiently than otherwise would have been possible with human visits.

  • Fifteen women farmers join Food for Export Masterclass 2020


    Fifteen women farmers have been selected to take part in the Food for Export Masterclass 2020 (FEM2020): a program that seeks to build the capacity of female entrepreneurs in various aspects of horticulture, dairy production, food processing and food export business with a view to turning them into successful exporters.

  • 6,000 jobs on the line on horticulture farms


    More than 6,000 jobs are on the line in the horticulture sector amid calls for the government to intervene and support farming which, like other sectors of the economy, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Collective bargaining circus continues


    A new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the general agriculture sector has been signed even before the minimum wages of the last one have been implemented turning the whole process into a circus.

  • Gender-based violence risk spikes on farms


    Lockdown measures imposed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic are putting women at heightened risk of gender-based violence (GBV) at home and cutting them off from essential protection services and social networks. This was revealed in a Hivos-commissioned survey by Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ) titled Impact of Covid-19 on the Horticulture Sector in Zimbabwe. The survey was conducted in May 2020.