Agriculture and Food Security

Cultural Practice, LLC brings to its agriculture and food security practice experience in analyzing the social relations and networks that link men and women to land, inputs, markets and food. Our approach places people at the center of the agriculture and nutrition nexus to ensure that the contributions of both men and women, individually and collectively, are both recognized and rewarded. We believe that by listening to and engaging farmers, wage workers, entrepreneurs, parents and children in our work, we are able to identify more sustainable, equitable and commercially viable solutions to meet the challenges of increasing agricultural productivity and reducing hunger and malnutrition.

Our approach highlights the social relationships and power structures that create differing opportunities for men and women farmers, wage workers and entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains and provides practitioners with the skills and knowledge to build a farmer-focused and demand-driven system that identifies and delivers the most innovative agricultural solutions. CP also contributes to ensuring that agricultural research and extensions systems respond to the needs of men and women farmers.


Examples of Our Work

Assessing How Agricultural Technologies can Change Gender Dynamics and Food Security Outcomes

This toolkit introduces a framework that considers the social context of the agricultural technologies and the specific challenges that women and men farmers face in using the technology. The methodology was developed by Cultural Practice, LLC, as a consortium partner of the Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project, funded by USAID.

Reducing the gender gap in agricultural extension and advisory services: How to find the best fit for men and women farmers

This collaborative review of agricultural extension and advisory services (EAS) led by CP examines the continuing challenges facing national EAS in responding to men and women farmers’ needs. This work was conducted under the USAID-funded Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project.

Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project (GAAP)

CP provides on-going support to GAAP, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and jointly implemented by the Institute for Food Policy Research (IFPRI) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). CP contributed to the design of the conceptual framework developed to understand the gendered pathways through which asset accumulation occurs.

Promoting Gender Equitable Opportunities in Agricultural Value Chains: A Handbook

CP was the lead technical partner in the development of USAID’s first gender and agricultural value chain analysis methodology and training program. This handbook describes a framework for understanding how gender issues affect value chain development programs and a process for identifying and designing interventions to overcome gender-based constraints.