News overview

04 Oct 2022

F&S Business Case Development Services

F&S has an (in company) business case development training that can be followed online or face-to-face. At the end of the training participants have developed a business case for their own specific context.

14 Sep 2022

F&S launches new accelerator programme in Mali to support young entrepreneurs

Since the start of 2022, Fair & Sustainable Consulting is implementing a new programme in Mali entitled Projet d’Accompagnement à la Croissance des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises or PAC-PME (accompanying small businesses to growth).

01 Sep 2022

CAFOD and F&S start a MSD journey together

More and more NGOs and donors are switching to Market Systems Development (MSD) as a new approach for their international economic development programs. CAFOD, together with F&S, started a journey to get familiar with the MSD approach and to apply it to their economic development programs in Africa. 

23 Aug 2022

Using the MSC approach for project evaluation

Fair and Sustainable (F&S) conducted a mid-term evaluation (MTE) focused on the achievements of the Building Bridges for Women Economic Empowerment (BBWEE) programme, using the Most Significant Change (MSC) approach

18 Aug 2022

F&S trains starting Black Soldier Fly farmers on entrepreneurship and business skills in Nakuru, Kenya

Fair & Sustainable Consulting, together with DanChurchAid (DCA), is supporting youth to set up commercial Black Soldier Fly (BSF) Farms in Nakuru county.

15 Aug 2022

Eight young entrepreneurs to start new commercial Black Soldier Fly farms in Nakuru

Five months ago, Fair and Sustainable Consulting (F&S) and DanChurchAid (DCA) embarked on a journey to find the best young entrepreneurs in Nakuru County to set up commercial Black Soldier Fly (BSF) farms under the umbrella of Fair & Sustainable Insect Farms.

11 Nov 2021

Business case development

In the field of (agricultural) economic development, many development organizations have started to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs), who are considered to be the motor of the economy.

16 Jun 2021

The story of a young BSF entrepreneur

In January 2021 Fair & Sustainable consulting has started a pilot Black Soldier Fly farm in Eldoret, Kenya. Everlyne Songoi is the owner of this farm. This blog post describes her story.

08 Jun 2021

Practical guidance on gender inclusion in the palm oil industry

RSPO aims to make the palm oil sector fair and sustainable, for this purpose the RSPO standard includes gender-related Principles and Criteria (P&C).

19 Apr 2021

Gender sensitive framework for sustainable management of TVET Colleges in Ethiopia

Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia – in partnership with Niras – IP Consult and MDF – has been contributing to the Ethio-German Financial Cooperation: Vocational Education and Agricultural Training Programme through activities including gender-sensitive strategy, and provision of capacity building workshops for TVET colleges and institutions in Ethiopia.

16 Apr 2021

Dairy value chains development for pastoralist communities in Borena

F&S Ethiopia are participating in a project entitled “Developing Inclusive and Profitable Dairy Value Chains for Pastoralist Communities in Borena Zone”, as co-implementer with our consortium partners CST Ethiopia, CIFA, and OPA.

16 Jul 2020

The potential of moringa and baie rose from Madagascar

Interested in superfood Moringa or gourmand food Baie Rose (pink peppercorn) from Madagascar?

02 Jun 2020

F&S’ adapted services for value chains during COVID-19

Fair & Sustainable Consulting (F&S) offers services on value chain development in adapted format now that many value chain projects and programmes are affected by COVID-19 measures.

06 May 2020

Is Moringa a miracle tree?

The leaves of the “Miracle Tree” Moringa oleifera are becoming more and popular among health-conscious consumers all over the world. Dasha Gretchikhine – intern at Fair & Sustainable Consulting – dived into the complex matter of Moringa’s nutritional content and its retention throughout cultivation and processing.

17 Apr 2020

Improve your reach and impact: the Market Systems Development approach (MSD)!

Many organizations engaged in international economic development search for ways to efficiently increase the sustainability, impact and scale of their work. F&S shows  that Market Systems Development (MSD) is a method that can deliver such results.

17 Feb 2020

Paying attention to Gender pays off.

IDH published a new Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) tool which helps track and evaluate gender-equality interventions. The tool is the result of a Gender Business Case Evaluation study conducted by Fair & Sustainable (F&S) Ethiopia in collaboration with F&S Netherlands, in 2018. 

14 Jan 2020

Five key questions in basic market research in rural Africa

Questions to ask for market research that address challenges encountered when analysing market data.

14 Jan 2020

ValueLinks as a useful tool for identifying economic opportunities: the case of threatened forest landscape in Madagascar

These are the results of a study carried out by Fair & Sustainable Consulting (F&S) for the GIZ Sectoral Programme “International Forest Policy” (SV IWP) in Madagascar.

05 Nov 2019

Reporting back on the Gender in Agricultural Value Chains training

Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, in collaboration with AgriProFocus Ethiopia, organized a four and half day training on Gender in agricultural value chains for participants from prominent development organizations.

04 Jul 2019

F&S trains main actors in the mango value chain in Guinea

From 20 to 24 June 2019, F&S gave a training in Kindia (Guinea) for all companies and organizations that are involved in the mango value chain. During the training, main actors involved in the mango sector were trained to gain a common comprehension of ways to analyse and develop the mango sector.

04 Jun 2019

Impact via exports: a selection of export-oriented value chains in five African countries

F&S was hired by CBI to conduct a value chain selection in Egypt, Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Central was exploring opportunitiess to make these value chains more inclusive and fair while increasing export to Europe.

08 May 2019

Cashews as a snack from Africa

West Africa plays a key role in cashew nut production, but is not currently visible in the consumer market. F&S analysed the value chain for cashew processing in West Africa to determine possibilities for expansion on behalf of CBI.

22 Nov 2018

Why a gender approach is good for workers, business, and the sector: a case from the Ethiopian Flower sector

IDH commissioned a study in the Ethiopian flower sector to test the hypothesis that Gender interventions increase workers’ satisfaction and engagement and lead to changes in employee attitudes, behavior, and work motivation, which leads to improved business performance.

07 Nov 2018

How online tools can help a practitioner in collecting data for value chain development

At Fair & Sustainable we often need to collect data for a value chain analysis or value chain development monitoring. Kobo Collect provides an open-access tool which is valuable even for less experienced enumerators.

11 Oct 2018

Market System Development (MSD) training for People in Need (PIN) in the Czech Republic

F&S Consulting and People in Need (PIN), signed a contract for a Market Systems Development (MSD) capacity building process. F&S supported with expert training and support consultancy.

03 May 2018

Gender and food loss in sustainable food value chains

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published a guiding note on an interesting topic: ‘Gender and food loss in sustainable value chains’.

06 Dec 2017

Evaluation of participatory forest management pilots and biomass energy production in Rwanda (PAREF NL2) 

This summer Fair & Sustainable and ADE (Belgium) evaluated the ‘Project of support to Participatory forest management pilots and biomass energy production in 9 districts of Rwanda (PAREF NL2)’using quantitative data analysis and the MSC approach.

29 Nov 2017

Roadmap Doing Responsible Business

The practical guide developed assists internationally sourcing SMEs to make their chain sustainable and reduce the risk of negative impacts on human rights.

26 Oct 2017

Value chain analysis and selection, Malawi

F&S was awaded a contract by GIZ to perform an in-depth value chain analysis for the selection of value chains and inclusive business models in Malawi.

17 Oct 2017

Infographic: Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework

Fair & Sustainable, together with AgriProFocus, made an infographic to visualize Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE)

28 Aug 2017

Market and value chain analysis, Tanzania

Studies on the beans and cassava value chains were conducted in support of the Sustainable Agriculture Kigoma Regional Project (SAKiRP) to facilitate value chain development.

24 Feb 2017

Geodata and ICT Solutions for Inclusive Finance and Food Security

As today’s farms in developed countries become more familiar with technology and investments in AgTech are picking up, how can geodata and ICT solutions also bring value to smallholder farmers?

25 Oct 2016

External evaluation of UTZ Certified tea programme in Sri Lanka

F&S, in collaboration with Nucleus Foundation, conducted the External Evaluation of the UTZ Certified tea programme to inform UTZ and stakeholders on the outcomes of the tea programme and identify lessons and recommendations.

11 Oct 2016

The position of women is important for businesses in Africa

A better position of women in African emerging markets provides advantages for women as well as for companies.

09 Aug 2016

Building a community of Gender in Value Chain Coaches

In June 2016, ten AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chain (GVC) coaches from a variety of countries (ranging from Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia to Benin and Indonesia), gathered in Kampala for a training.

12 Jul 2016

How to select value chains

Fair & Sustainable helped develop guidelines providing development practitioners with a tool to identify value chains with the most potential to achieve their development objectives and targets.

16 Jun 2016

Women as business partners

ICCO Cooperation and Fair & Sustainable have developed a tool for gender inclusive development and assessment of project proposals.

03 May 2016

Managing an external evaluation in six countries

Fair & Sustainable conducted an external evaluation of a ZOA, DCR funded programme, with the specific theme of: Community-based livelihood development in view of peace and stability.

14 Jan 2016

Women as Inclusive Business partners: How companies benefit from engaging women

‘Women as Inclusive Business partners’ initiative is built on the recognition that there is a business case for the private sector to actively engage low-income women in their value chains