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  • Promoting women rights in flower farms is good for business


    Examining the gendered needs and rights of employees working in the flower farms has never been timelier. While women account for 70 to 80 percent of workers in the highly lucrative horticulture sector, they are often in seasonal employment or taking on board as casual laborers. Since they are encumbered by the reproductive and care roles, flower farms seems to prefer men to women when it comes to permanent employment.

  • CSR Africa: A tool to improve the flower farms’ social performance and rights of workers


    Ten leading flower farms have been using the CSR Africa Portal in the past two years to help them boost their social performance.

  • Audits in flower farms: belying the truth


    While an audit inspection in a flower farm is supposed to reflect both strength and weaknesses of the systems of the flower farms, the reality is different. Interviews with workers in these flower farms reveal that the management of the farms have made audits pointless. They said the audits have been turned in routine exercises, whose impact is not being felt by the workers.

  • Campaign leaves major footprints in transforming the welfare of women working in floriculture sector


    More than four years ago, Hivos embarked on a major campaign to address and improve the working conditions of women working on the horticultural value chain: the Women@Work Campaign. In 2020, faces of happiness and stories of success in improving their welfare can be told.

  • Covid-19 lockdown and human dignity


    Up to 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide at the heart of the COVID-19 crisis is a latest profound statistic from the ILO in these unprecedented times.

  • Ramifications of COVID-19 for workers at the beginning of the supply chain


    As COVID-19 unfolds and drastically affects all aspects of our lives, it has brought to light longstanding problems in global supply chains. Low wages, reliance on casual labor, gender inequality, and a lack of social protection make people at the beginning of supply chains suffer the most. Now is the time to demonstrate global solidarity and rethink our unsustainable supply chains.

  • COVID-19: Message to our partners


    A message from Hivos' Director Edwin Huizing during these trying times.

  • Ratify ILO Convention governments urged


    Civil society organizations have intensified calls on African governments to ratify the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 190 on Violence and Harassment in the world of work. The CSOs want the member states to ratify the Convention to achieve the decent work agenda.

  • No end in sight for workers in the floriculture industry


    Decent work is widely considered as an important strategy to fight poverty and foster development. In fact, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has sustained a decent work agenda campaign over the years to offer the basis for a more, just and meaningful improvement on workers welfare. However, this campaign has largely remained superficial and has not brought any significant change to the working poor.

  • Producer of the Year Award


    Hivos in collaboration with flower sector stakeholders will convene the first ever “Producer of the Year Award” as a platform to demonstrate the role of front runner farms (in horticulture) and the impact of better engendered workplace policies on business and changing the state of women workers.