Oct 31

Water and electricity critical for women, but perhaps mobile phones first?

Over a decade ago, wandering along ridge rows of farmer’s plots in southern Africa, I would never have believed that I would be advocating mobile phones as a game changing technology for the overworked, underserviced African woman farmer. I grew up in a 1920s ranch house in northern California heated […] Continue reading

Oct 13

Grand Challenges: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is launching a new Grand Challenge: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development. This challenge focuses on how to effectively reach and empower the most vulnerable women and girls to improve health and development – including economic – outcomes as well as […] Continue reading

Sep 18

Sex and Gender: What is so confusing?

I recently reread The Giver in anticipation of seeing the movie. As it has been some time since I read the book with my children I couldn’t recall whether my memories related to the actual text or to the stimulating conversations we shared. It turns out that there was less […] Continue reading

Sep 17

Leveling the Playing Field:
How Gender Concepts Play Out in Everyday Life

As my third anniversary of joining CP approaches, I increasingly find myself reflecting on how my work has opened my eyes to gender issues and how they manifest themselves in different parts of my life. While at CP I’ve had the opportunity to look at gender issues in food security, […] Continue reading

Sep 16

CP Awarded New Contracts with Cornell University, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and Jhpiego

In August 2014 CP was awarded a contract to work with Cornell University in developing the curricular materials for its new Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) certificate training program. In partnership with Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, the program will combine classroom, on-line, and field work to build […] Continue reading

Sep 10

Job Opportunity: CIAT Gender Coordinator

CIAT is currently seeking applicants for a Gender Coordinator position. Building on prior and ongoing research, s/he will lead the development of research projects, identifying critical areas of work within the framework of the Center strategy as well as research strategies of CGIAR Global Research Programs. The ideal candidate will […] Continue reading

Aug 20

Where are the Men?: Millennium Development Goals Twitter Chat Recap

Following the United Nations (UN) Millennium Declaration in 2000 the UN established eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to overcome global poverty. August 18 marked the 500 day milestone until the target date to achieve the MDGs. The UN’s social media campaign MDG 500 asked people around the world, how well […] 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

Aug 02

CP Authors Article on Gender-Equitable Agricultural Value Chains in IFPRI and FAO co-edited volume

CP Partners Deborah Rubin and Cristina Manfre co-authored the article, “Promoting Gender-Equitable Agricultural Value Chains: Issues, Opportunities, and Next Steps” recently published in an International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) co-edited volume, Gender in Agriculture: Closing the Knowledge Gap (2014). The collection represents a […] Continue reading

Aug 01

Welcome to the Cultural Practice, LLC (CP) blog!

Welcome to the CP Blog where you will learn about our approach to bring about positive social change to reduce poverty, create healthy communities, and strive for social and gender equality. Over the past 10 years we have been working to assist international development agencies and foundations to find practical […] Continue reading

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