Agriculture & Food Security

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

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

Sep 14

How do Agricultural Technologies Impact Gender Roles and Nutrition?

On August 24, Cultural Practice, LLC (CP) led a webinar on a new methodology for assessing the degree to which agricultural technologies are gender-responsive in terms of their design, use, and dissemination. CP presented the Technology Assessment approach developed under the Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project […] Continue reading

Jul 05

The Intervention Guide for the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) 2.0

Launched in 2012, Feed the Future’s Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) provides “a standard measure for capturing women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agriculture sector” (IFPRI). The introduction of the WEAI prompted practitioners to think more intentionally about how agricultural programs can develop interventions using the domains in […] Continue reading

May 13

Lutheran World Relief and Land O’Lakes Launch Two New Gender Integration Tools

There is no one-size-fits all approach to gender integration. This is the clear message of two new gender integration tools launched this spring at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC: Lutheran World Relief’s (LWR) 2014 Storybook: INGO Experience with Gender Integration and Land O’Lakes’ Integrating Gender throughout a Project’s Life […] Continue reading

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