Mary Ellen Dingley

Mar 22
Women in Water Tanzania

Women, Water, and Nature-based Solutions

3.6 billion people now live in areas that can experience a month or more of water scarcity annually. The authors of the 2018 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report warn that the figure could increase to almost 6 billion people by 2050. The report, launched this week during […] Continue reading

Mar 08
Women with a Farmer Producer Organization in India

5 paths to SDG 5: breaking down barriers to women’s empowerment

Today is the 2018 International Women’s Day. Its theme, from the United Nations, is Time is NOW: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives. On this day we acknowledge and support activists and their work, and re-energize efforts to reach the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number 5: “To […] Continue reading

Feb 09
Gender-Responsive research Bangladesh

Doritos and Gender-Responsive Research

If you spend much time on social media, especially Twitter, you’ve probably heard about the “Lady Doritos” controversy. NPR reported on an interview Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo, had with Freakonomics, where she spoke about designing snacks for women since women might not want to “crunch too loudly in […] Continue reading

Dec 22
Ending gender-based violence workshop

A Participatory Process to Confront Gender-Based Violence

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, held annually from November 25th to December 10th, people around the globe discuss how to stop violence against women and girls. GBV also affects men and boys, regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation. GBV is a perverse abuse […] 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

Aug 15

Connection and Collaboration at the TOPS/FSN Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting

Last month, CP participated in the final TOPS/FSN Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting to showcase our work and connect with colleagues. The Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program is a learning and knowledge management mechanism funded by USAID’s Office of Food for Peace. TOPS supports technical capacity development, a small […] 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

Jun 13

Guide to Participatory Evaluation Methods: Most Significant Change and PhotoVoice

This past year Cultural Practice, LLC (CP) evaluated three Lutheran World Relief (LWR) projects in India, Uganda and Nicaragua. These three projects were pilots for the Learning for Gender Initiative (LGI) and focused on raising agriculture production and reducing gender gaps. CP led an evaluation of these pilot projects using […] Continue reading

May 02
Photos from the LWR methodology workshop.

Stories and Photos: Giving Power to Participants

What do food and gender issues have to do with each other? Quite a lot. But you might not know that without using innovative evaluation methods that allow local voices to take center stage. In a recent TOPS-funded evaluation of a food security project with Lutheran World Relief (LWR) we […] Continue reading