IFPRI Research Brief: Community-Based Legal Aid and Women’s Land Rights

July 16, 2014

Improving women’s ability to securely access land is recognized as an effective means to increase gender equality and advance other key social and economic development goals. Despite progressive laws in many African countries, gender disparities commonly persist in women’s access and ownership of land. Although legal empowerment of women can help to strengthen their claims to land, developing country governments commonly lack the capacity to offer legal services. Civil society is increasingly stepping in to fill the wide gap in legal service provision, with the aim of empowering marginalized groups and individuals to exercise their legal rights. Although legal aid has wide application, this brief focuses on the consequences of regulating services provided at the community level to support women’s land rights.

For the full research brief, written by IFPRI researchers Lucy Billings, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, and Valerie Mueller, click here.


Call for Applications: AWARD Fellowships

July 15, 2014

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

Call for Applications for 2015 AWARD Fellowships

The majority of those who produce, process, and market Africa’s food are women, but only one in four agricultural researchers is female. The AWARD Fellowship is equipping African women scientists to bridge that gap (Photo: Mike Goldwater). AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through tailored fellowships. AWARD is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers, especially women. AWARD Fellows benefit from two-year fellowships focused on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity. Fellows stay in their institutions, continue their research, and travel to AWARD training courses held in various locations in Africa.

Eligibility

Women agricultural scientists who are citizens of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia, who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in one of the disciplines listed below, or other agriculture-related fields, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be resident in Africa throughout the two-year fellowship period.

Agricultural economics

Agricultural engineering

Agronomy

Animal and livestock sciences

Aquatic resources and fisheries

Biodiversity conservation

Crop science

Ecology

Entomology

Extension education

Food science and nutrition

Forestry and agroforestry

Horticulture

Molecular biology (plant/animal breeding)

Natural resources management

Plant/animal virology

Soil science

Veterinary sciences

Water and irrigation management

Other

Fellowships are awarded on the basis of intellectual merit, leadership capacity, and the potential of the scientist’s research to improve the livelihoods of African smallholder farmers. This is the last round of fellowships offered by AWARD under its current grant funding.

Apply: For the electronic application form and more information, click here.

Deadline: August 8, 2014    Applications received after the deadline and incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

Winners will be notified by December 31, 2014. Successful candidates must be available to attend one of the three five-day AWARD Mentoring Orientation Workshops to be held in February/March 2015 in Kenya. Specific dates to be announced. AWARD is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. AWARD is a preferred service provider of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and is hosted by the CGIAR’s World Agroforestry Centre.


Vacancy: ICRW Economist, Gender and Evaluation

July 11, 2014

OVERVIEW:  ICRW is looking for a senior economist with expertise in program evaluation and advanced research methodology who possesses strong analytical skills and interest in measurement of social impact.  The ideal candidate will have a background in health, labor or education economics with depth of experience in monitoring and evaluation and in conducting costing studies. The position is based at ICRW’s main office in Washington, DC, with an average 25-30% international travel.
 
PRIMARY DUTIES: The Economist, Gender and Evaluation will work on a range of research projects focusing primarily but not exclusively on women’s and girls’ economic empowerment. Roles and responsibilities involve the following:
 
Project Management and Technical Assistance:  Serves as project director and provides technical assistance on relevant projects, overseeing and contributing to development and management of program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, conceptualization and operationalization of indicators, supervision of project staff, liaising with ICRW support units and managing partner relationships.
 
Research and Data Analysis:  Designs and supervises, often in partnership with local and/or international teams, research plans and protocols.  Develops methodologies and analytical tools, analyzes primary and secondary data, traces critical pathways influencing and influenced
by harmful social practices such as violence against women in order to understand the impact of these practices on the social and economic advancement of people, communities and nations. Writes high quality reports and other outputs. 

Program Development and Dissemination:  Develops areas of research and proposals focusing on women’s and girls’ economic empowerment that complement and build on ongoing research efforts and contribute to achieving ICRW’s overall strategic objectives. Works closely with colleagues to conceptualize and design proposals and projects, as well as to disseminate findings. Identifies potential funding sources and actively cultivates potential opportunities.
 
Representation:  Maintains professional expertise and recognition outside of ICRW through publishing and speaking in relevant forums.  Authors articles and represents ICRW in the media and with colleague organizations; serves on coalitions and builds advocacy efforts in line with current research program.
 
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
A competitive candidate will have the following education and work experience:

  • A Doctorate in economics or related discipline, with a preferred specialization in econometrics, evaluation and quantitative analysis, or a Master’s degree with at least 10 years of relevant post-graduate experience.
  • A minimum of 8 years post-graduate experience, with substantial fieldwork conducted in the global South.
  • Solid knowledge of economic empowerment and gender issues in developing countries.
  • Excellent understanding of program evaluation principles, concepts and methodologies.
  • Expertise with quantitative and/or mixed methods data collection and analysis, to include proficiency with one or more of the following analytical software packages:  SPSS, STATA, SAS. Demonstrated project management skills (e.g., staffing, work plans, deliverables, timeline budgets), along with maturity, diplomacy, and independence to work effectively with in-country partners, donors and project staff.
  • Strong business development, networking and negotiation skills in order to identify, cultivate and sustain viable relationships with donors and other partners.
  • Ability to supervise and mentor other staff and consultants.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate research findings into accessible formats for non-research audiences.
  • A demonstrated track record of producing timely, high quality written deliverables.
  • Proficiency in English and at least one other language required.

 
The preferred candidate will have experience in aspects of the following:

  • Advising corporate partners on programming for women and girls economic empowerment.
  • Measuring performance in a business context as well as in non-profit settings.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary requirements.  

Due to the large volume of responses we receive, ICRW is not able to provide candidacy status on an individual basis. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. ICRW is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V.

For the full job posting, and to apply for the position, click here.


International Photo Competition: Forests-Agriculture Interface Through a Gender Lens

May 27, 2014

Use the gender lens to capture interesting photos with stories and help us do science with a creative twist. We make a maximum impact when we communicate about our work – success and/or failure – to a wider audience using a range of communication and social media. We believe that photos break the global language barriers, and connect people, whether they are farmers, middle-class urban families, public enterprises, donors or students.

OPEN TO All PHOTO AND STORY CONTEST

Anyone across the globe can enter this competition. You can be a practitioner, farmer, student, forester, policymaker, manager, researcher, teacher, professional photographer, freelancer among others. No registration fees. Just click, write a story about your photo and email us!

KEY THEMATIC AREAS

• Through this International Photo Competition 2014 on the ‘Forest-Agriculture Interface through a Gender Lens’ we aim to publish a photo book (Editor Purabi Bose).

• The photo book will reproduce the selected photos with the titles and background stories about the successes and failures of integrating gender equity in forests, agroforestry and the small farms anywhere in the world.

Photos can be submitted within the three key thematic areas with gender as a cross-cutting issue

1. Forests including drylands and marginal people;

2. Agroforestry in vulnerable landscapes; and

3. Non-timber forest products, smallholder agriculture produces influencing the local markets.

Dr. Purabi Bose, Social Scientist and Focal Person for CIAT’s CRP-FTA Gender

CIAT, Km 17, Recta Cali-Palmira, A A 6713

Cali, Colombia http://www.ciat.cgiar.org/ CONTACT E-mail: p.bose@cgiar.org Phone: + 57 2 4450000 Fax: +57 2 4450073

 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO:

Each photo must tell a story about the success or failure of integrating gender in any of the three thematic areas.

Write a story of max 150 words in either English, Spanish, French or Bahasa Indonesia.

PHOTOS:

Submit a maximum of 2 photos for each theme (for each person a max of 6 photos in colour or black & white).

This to be saved in .Jpeg or .Tiff hi-reso format, minimum of 2MB size, and 1200 dpi resolution.

For each photo add: a photo title, story, identity of people, place, and photo date (dd/mm/yy).

Save the file as your family name_first name_number of the photo_your citizenship.

SEND YOUR ENTRY: before JUNE 15, 2014

Add your full name, profession, institutional affiliation, and full contact details. Upload via http://www.wetransfer.com and E-mail to ftagenderphoto@gmail.com and

Cc to p.bose@cgiar.org

The best 100 photos and accompanying storylines will be selected for the photo book.

• Photo book launch at the IUFRO World Congress 2014.

• A certificate and photo book for selected participants.

  • Three participants (one from each theme) will be invited at CIAT’s CRP FTA’s workshop in Uganda in Nov. 2014.

COPYRIGHTS: Submit only photos and stories over which the participant holds the copyright. By entering the competition, the participant concedes CIAT’s CRP-FTA Gender the right to use the photo & story for publication in a range of communication media without pay and without prior permission.


New Journal: International Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security

May 14, 2014

LogoA new journal, the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and food Security (Agri-Gender) has been launched with the aim of providing a platform for researchers and practitioners to share information on research work on gender, agriculture and food security. The aim of Agri-Gender is to promote interdisciplinary research related to gender and the agricultural and food sciences.

It is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed journal that will publish in the fields of agriculture including livestock, fisheries, crop sciences, agriculture economics, rural development, food security and nutrition as they relate to gender. The journal will also publish papers on issues of women’s empowerment, feminist and gender studies. It seeks to promote debate, identify best practices and new ideas and make the links between theoretical and practical gender and agriculture work. It will combine rigorous research with insights from development initiatives across the world that have implications for policy and practice in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in the agriculture and food related sectors.  The editors of the journal are drawn from research and academia across the globe.

The Journal is currently accepting papers for the August 2014 issue. More information on the journal requirements can be found at http://www.agrigender.net/.  Follow  us on the Agri-Gender blog (http://www.agrigenderjournal.wordpress.com/),  Facebook (www.facebook.com/agrigender.journal) and twitter (@AgriGender).


Vacancy: Researcher-Social Sciences (Gender, Poverty and Institutions)

May 7, 2014

The person and the job:
The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), explores and supports a paradigm shift in sustainable intensification of agricultural production systems through placing natural resources at the forefront of our production systems. WLE is organized into five Strategic Research Portfolios (SRPs): Irrigated systems, Rainfed systems, Resource recovery and reuse, River basins, and Information systems. The two crosscutting themes of Ecosystem services and resilience (ESS&R), and Gender, poverty and institutions underpin the program. The scope of WLE is global, with a large proportion of the research efforts concentrated in four priority focal regions: Nile, Niger/Volta, Ganges and Greater Mekong.
As set out in WLE’s Gender Strategy, achieving the program’s vision demands transformative research and action grounded in improved understanding and recognition of the importance of the influence of social relations and institutions in shaping women’s and men’s roles and capacities in agriculture and their relationship to water, land and ecosystems, both as stewards and consumers. The Researcher – Social Sciences (Gender, Poverty and Institutions) will provide social science perspectives, methodologies and analysis to carry out components of research projects related to water, land and ecosystems under the themes of gender, poverty and institutions. The position holder will report to the Coordinator – Gender, Poverty and Institutions, WLE, and be based at the headquarters of IWMI in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
You will:
• conduct research and/or lead component(s) of research projects;
• conceive of and define research projects, approaches and related activities independently or in consultation with senior researchers and
project leaders;
• oversee successful integration of social science research with biophysical research findings and understanding;
• ensure preparation of high-quality research products, including review of the work of others to ensure that quality standards are met;
• mentor junior researchers and students; and
• initiate, develop and sustain partnerships with WLE collaborators.
You will possess:
• a PhD in social anthropology, sociology, geography, economics or a related discipline;
• a minimum of five years’ research experience in the management of natural resources, ecosystems or water/land resources in developing
countries;
• a proven familiarity with social science issues and methods in relation to agriculture in developing countries;
• a proven track record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals;
• experience in working within multi-disciplinary research themes;
• strong interpersonal, communication, leadership, management, teamwork and analytical skills, with the ability to interact with partners/clients;
• the potential to think independently and critically, with the ability to challenge accepted scientific knowledge and approaches;
• strong potential to develop mutual respect and sound working relationships within WLE and with partner organizations across the Africa and Asia regions;
• strong ability to work effectively in teams that include members from a range of nationalities, cultures and scientific disciplines;
• demonstrated ability to develop networks, and share knowledge with national, regional and international scientific communities and research institutions;
• evidence of participation in various national and international professional events; and
• excellent oral and written skills in English.
It would be useful if you also had:
• experience of living and working in developing countries.
This is an internationally recruited position with a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes a housing allowance, transport, education,
shipping assistance, annual home leave, retirement and health insurance package. In keeping with the current phase of the WLE program, IWMI will initially
offer a two-year contract, which is subject to renewal, depending on performance and the needs of IWMI/WLE.

Closing date: May 22, 2014

Please submit your application online at: http://www.iwmi.org/jobs

For the full job posting, visit: https://hr4u.iwmi.org/Recruitment/Attachments/Research%20Social%20Sciences-WLE.pdf

 


Investments in Women Can End Global Hunger

April 4, 2014

Commentary – Investments in Women Can End Global Hunger
By Catherine Bertini
*Reblogged from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Ending hunger and ending poverty are goals on which we all agree. The world has thousands of schemes to attempt to achieve these goals, but we often overlook the simplest, most direct and effective method to change the world: investing in women.

Women are the adults whose roles are to take care of every family member every day. Women are the adults in the family who invest their incomes and assets to support the family. Women are the people whose education and economic success have the most impact on the family.

Throughout the developing world, women are central to agriculture and comprise at least 43 percent of the agricultural work force. Hundreds of millions of women toil every day in fields with babies on their backs and toddlers at their feet, leaving only to return home to fetch water and firewood and to cook dinner for the family. Most work by hand on land that they do not own, with limited farm implements and fertilizer, if any, following the same practices their mothers followed. They seldom have access to credit or to advice on how to be more productive. Most cannot count the rows they plant, nor read the back of a bag of seeds.

Yet International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) findings tell us that educated farmers are more productive than non-educated farmers, and that women are more likely to follow the practices of other women. Thus, insuring that women are educated is a key to more productive farming, higher household incomes, and a decrease in poverty and hunger.

The same is true for land ownership. A land owner, male or female, is much more invested in insuring that land is productive. If a farmer does not own her own land, she has limited incentive to invest in the land. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) writes that women only own small percent of the world’s farm land. But as women comprise 43 percent of farmers, why does it not follow that they should be 43 percent of land owners?

Even more than in education, women are often limited by culture and by law, to own or to inherit land. Women often face restrictions on establishing credit or owning assets. FAO statistics show that women receive less than ten percent of agricultural credit.

These limitations no longer make sense – if they ever did.

When women have access to the same resources as men, their agricultural yields increase by 20 to 30 percent according to the FAO.

The world faces a huge challenge to keep up with growing populations and increased demand for food from the world’s growing middle class. We cannot afford to limit people’s ability to produce food, and to contribute to the larger market place. By limiting women’s options, we are blocking our collective ability to feed future demands.

If only we invest in women; if only we change laws to allow women to invest in themselves; if only we insure that girls are educated; then they will change the world.

Catherine Bertini is a Senior Fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.


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