Cristina Manfre

Nov 05

Reflections from Kenya on innovation and a changing digital landscape

My first trip to Kenya was in 2006. Packed in my bags was a trusty Nokia mobile phone. I had been told I could get a local SIM card to make phone calls and send text messages. And indeed, this worked. Network coverage was better in Nairobi than in rural […] Continue reading

Sep 14
Credit: Fintrac

An Enabling Environment to Support Women’s Profitable Participation in Agriculture: What Does It Look Like?

This post was produced as a joint effort of the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project and Cultural Practice, LLC. The original post can be found on AgriLinks.  The post highlights key themes explored in the newly released Increasing Women’s Profitable Participation in Market Systems Technical Note from the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security […] Continue reading

Feb 14

To Be or Not to Be?

I did it. For years I’ve been saying I would do it but just hadn’t. And then I decided to take the plunge and I’m wondering why I did it at all. This is a story about my big con – what I did, why I did it, and what […] Continue reading

Jan 30
A farmer's field in Niger

Digital Tools Near the Last Mile

This post originally appeared on Agrilinks.  “I used to think that the computers were something that only the people in offices used. They were not something that farmers could use. But these tools are important [for us] because they help the farmers understand the size of their plots.” On a […] Continue reading

Oct 23
Agricultural Technology Assessment Toolkit

New Toolkit: Assessing how Agricultural Technologies can Change Gender Dynamics and Food Security Outcomes

  Cultural Practice, LLC is proud to launch this new toolkit as part of the Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) consortium. The toolkit introduces a framework that considers the social context of the agricultural technologies and the specific challenges that women and men farmers face in […] Continue reading

Sep 25
Digital tools can impact agriculture. Field in Kenya, 2012.

From Farm to Phone to Table: A Case Study Series Explores the Impact of Digital Tools on Agriculture

This post was originally published on NextBillion. Editor’s note: Throughout 2017, NextBillion is organizing content around a monthly theme, dedicating special attention to a specific sector alongside our broader coverage. This post is part of our focus on agriculture for the month of September. Over the past 10 years, and particularly over the past five, the use of mobile phones […] Continue reading

Jul 18

Gender and Technology: A New Toolkit for Agricultural Technology Assessments

In the steeps hills of Nepal, visitors soon notice that there are few men to be seen. Many have migrated for work: according to the Department of Foreign Employment, in 2014/15 men accounted for 95% of the estimated 500,000 permits issued to labor migrants in Nepal. In men’s absence, rural women […] Continue reading

Feb 07

Putting On (and Taking Off) Your Gender Lens

I have always been bothered by how we talk about adopting a gender perspective or using a gender lens. The language does not suggest the permanency I would like. We can take off those glasses. We can change our perspective. And of course, if you haven’t had metaphorical Lasik surgery, […] Continue reading

Jul 18

Starting a Gender Working Group?: Cultural Practice’s top 10 questions to ask yourself to make sure you’re headed in the right direction

So you’ve decided to form a gender working group (GWG). You’re not alone. With the renewed attention to gender equality and women’s equality from donors and the development community, many organizations are finding they need to be more proactive about addressing gender inequalities in their programs and in their workplaces. […] Continue reading

Aug 03

I want to change culture.

“What good does it do to feed a parrot golden nuggets if it beats its wings against a cage? We want to free ourselves from our cage.” Woman entrepreneur, Hazaribag district, Jharkand, India For weeks I’ve been trying to figure out how to write this blog. At first I thought […] Continue reading