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Training Opportunity: Designing for Behavior Change in Agriculture and Gender

The TOPS (Technical and Operational Performance Support) program is hosting a five-day Designing for Behavior Change in Agriculture and Gender training in Washington, D.C., November 3-7.

The Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) framework helps practitioners to identify behavioral determinants and create a behavior change strategy in their programs. This training will equip participants to utilize the entire DBC framework. There is no cost to attend the training.

Learn more and register by Oct. 8 for the training here.

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New blogpost: Women’s landownership: Why we need to set the record straight

New blogpost by Cheryl Doss (Senior Lecturer in African Studies and Economics at Yale University and Leader of cross-cutting gender research, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets – PIM) and Caitlin Kieran (Senior Research Assistant on Gender, PIM) as part of the CGIAR Talking Science blog competition:

Women’s landownership: Why we need to set the record straight.

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New CCAFS Working Paper reveals gender gap in adaptation capacity to climate change in Africa

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) has published a new working paper, How resilient are farming households, communities, men and women to a changing climate in Africa? (PDF), that highlights the gender gap in ownership of productive land and access to agricultural support services in Sub-Saharan Africa– both of which are critical for adapting to climate change. Here’s the abstract of the paper:

Social, economic and institutional factors and driving forces enhance or hinder the adaptation capacity of agricultural and pastoral households and communities. The effectiveness of the resulting adaptation strategies influences the nature and extent of the impact of multiple stresses and shocks, including climate change’s, at the local-level.

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New article from Melinda Gates: “Putting women and girls at the center of development”

The development field needs to be more serious about gender inequities and women’s empowerment. By ignoring gender inequities, many development projects fail to achieve their objective. And when development organizations do not focus on women’s empowerment, they neglect the fact that empowered women have the potential to transform their societies. I also review the Gates Foundation’s record on gender and propose some approaches to improve it.

For the full article published September 12 in Science, click here.

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Call for Proposals: Horticulture Innovation Lab

The Horticulture Innovation Lab invites researchers at US public universities, along with their colleagues in developing countries, to submit proposals for five year projects that address one of the following three topics:

  • Horticulture and Nutrition
  • Postharvest Practices in Horticulture
  • Gender, Social Equity, and Horticulture

Each project will be funded from January 1, 2015 to August 31, 2019. Full proposals are due online by September 30th, 2014. Read the full call for proposals, and details on the submission process here.

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IFPRI Gender Methods Seminars Now Online

Since June of 2013, the IFPRI Gender Task Force has been hosting Gender Methods Seminars for IFPRI staff. These seminars rose out of a need, identified by IFPRI researchers, for guidance from top researchers in the field (both from IFPRI and from other organizations) on key gender methods to incorporate in research. The seminars are all available on the IFPRI Gender Topic page and cover a variety of topics, including the following:

Gender and Games – IFPRI Gender Methods Seminar from IFPRI Gender

As well as:

Men and Boys in Gender Research

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

Data Needs for Gender Research

Women’s Empowerment in the DHS

Gender and Value Chains

Qualitative Field Research for Medium-Sized “N”

Cognitive Pre-Testing

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Two new videos on gender and agriculture

The following is a new video from Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank, and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) entitled “Funding Female Farmers for a Less Hungry World”.

The following is a training video targeting community forestry practitioners, entitled “A Fair Climate: Gender Equity in REDD+”, hosted on the website of The Center For People and Forests (RECOFTC)


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