Agriculture

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 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

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

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

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