Agriculture & Food Security

Apr 02
Rondalla practice. Credit: Agnes Quisumbing

How Learning to Play the Bandurria Made Me a Better Social Scientist

Very recently, I told my colleagues in my day job that I couldn’t work on a proposal over the weekend because I would be rehearsing and performing with the Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla. In my day job, I am a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in […] Continue reading

Feb 26
Agricultural Extension: Women at market in Ghana

Gender-inclusive, market-oriented extension: where do we go from here?

This blog was originally posted on the Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) Community of Practice website.  Ten years ago, the global food price crisis dramatically highlighted how food systems are dynamically interconnected. The crisis also revealed how serious gender disparities can exacerbate the precariousness of women farmers who face economic, social, […] 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

Nov 09
GREAT agriculture course

Looking back, moving forward: Developing the GREAT curriculum

  This post was originally published on GREAT Agriculture.  It was in May 2014 that I first got involved in what has become the Gender-Responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation program or GREAT. I’d been invited to a gathering of diverse supporters of gender integration into agricultural research including academics […] 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

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

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