Joky Francois

Joky Francois

Joky currently is Global Gender lead based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Joky studied social forestry in the Netherlands and after that lived and worked for many years in Bolivia, Ecuador and Pakistan where she worked in different contexts on projects from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) to NGOs. Her work on gender and women empowerment has always been in the context of the participative management of natural resources, sustainable production systems and/or food security. She is particularly interested in participatory learning processes and influencing processes of change believing that positive and inspiring people and examples are an important basis for the processes of change.
    • Wake up! and smell the gender-equal coffee

      When Florence Njiraini’s husband gifted her 1,500 coffee plants on the slopes of Mt. Kenya years ago, she knew almost nothing about farming. In some countries, traditionally, cash crops are considered men’s crops, whereas the food crops are for the women. Determined to make her plot...
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