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Closing the gender gap in farming under climate change: New knowledge for renewed action

Watch the presentations from the March 19 seminar organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) with the videos now available, here: http://ccafs.cgiar.org/closing-gender-gap

Objectives of the seminar on “Closing the Gender Gap” included sharing key research results related to gender, climate change, agriculture and food security; discussing how such results are being used or could be used to reduce gender inequalities; identifying key data gaps; and developing methods to produce new evidence on the topics of gender and climate change.

Read the special CCAFS blog series on closing the gender gap: http://ccafs.cgiar.org/blogs/aggendergap

And continue the conversation on Twitter with #AgGenderGap

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Event: Gender, Land and Violence – A Case Study of Three Indian States

Gender, Land and Violence – A Case Study of Three Indian States

by Dr. Govind Kelkar – Landesa, India

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 am
at the Heinrich Boell Foundation – North America
1432 K Street, NW, #500
Washington D.C., 20005

Light refreshments will be served


Background: Dr. Kelkar will present the findings of her study, which explores the relationship between women’s ownership of land and gender-based violence; specifically, it focuses on whether land ownership enables women to exercise economic agency, enhances their ability to make decisions on land and its produce. The study was organised in three States (Meghalaya, Karnataka and Telangana) with diversity of gender relations. The study has four conceptual considerations: gender-based violence and its redressal by landowning women in patriarchal institutions; the character of violence perpetrated against landless women in patriarchal states; forms of violence (physical, verbal and sexual) and their redressal by landowning women in Meghalaya; and the character of gender- based violence and its redressal by landless women in a matrilineal state. The findings suggest that women’s vulnerability to violence is related to their general vulnerability in socio-economic systems. Land ownership enables women to exercise economic agency, enhances their ability to make decisions about their own lives, empowers them to individually or collectively act to achieve a desired outcome and thereby ensures a life free of violence in the home and outside.

About Dr. Govind Kelkar:  Dr. Kelkar is the Senior Adviser at Landesa, India and a Regional Council Member of Asia and Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has previously worked as coordinator of the IFAD-UNIFEM Gender Mainstreaming Program in Asia and later headed the Economic Empowerment of Women Unit at UN Women, South Asia Office, New Delhi. Dr. Kelkar taught at Delhi University, the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. At AIT, Dr Kelkar founded the graduate program in Gender Development Studies and also the Gender, Technology and Development Journal, published by SAGE, India. She holds a Distinguished Faculty position at AIT.  Dr. Kelkar  has extensively worked on the impact of women’s right to land on gender relations in rural Asia, has authored 12 books and contributed numerous articles to scholarly journals with a focus on women’s right to agricultural land in India and China. She has been in close touch with women’s movements in the region and has been a keynote speaker at several international and national conferences.

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Job opportunity: Senior Scientist – Gender Specialist with WorldFish in Malaysia


WorldFish has an opening for a Gender Specialist with demonstrated excellence in designing, implementing, analyzing, and producing high quality scientific outputs in relation to gender in rural development contexts.

WorldFish has made a particular commitment to gender mainstreaming in its research programs and to a gender positive environment in its workplace. To that end, the center has assembled a gender team charged with implementing a gendered research for development agenda and to create a positive gender space in the center.

The CGIAR implements its agenda through fifteen research programs that integrate across the CG centers. WorldFish is the convening center for the Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) program. The program aims to improve the livelihoods and nutritional security of over a million people during the next decade in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. WorldFish also participates in the Livestock and Fish program.

Based in WorldFish headquarters in Penang, Malaysia, the Gender Specialist will join the gender team in its contributions to the AAS program and play a key role in our contributions to the Livestock and Fish program, as well as supporting other research.

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Training: Measuring and Monitoring Gender Behavior Change in Agriculture Programs

April 16, 2015 – 9:00AM-4:00PM

Carnegie Conference Center, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

CARE’s work in the agriculture sector aims to challenge the discriminatory gender and social norms that undermine agricultural productivity and food security in smallholder agriculture systems. However, monitoring behavior changes related to gender remains a complex, nuanced, and challenging endeavor.

In this knowledge-sharing event, CARE will present several tools and processes that we have developed for measuring, monitoring, and encouraging processes of change among key intervention partners. These tools will include a set of graduated, context-specific gender indicators for men and women in 5 countries (Malawi, Mali, Ghana, Tanzania, India).

Following presentations of these tools in the morning, there will be small-group discussions for engagement with program implementers, hands-on demonstration of the tools, and to discuss potential applicability to other FFP programs.

To register: RSVP to Hannah Cox, at hcox@care.org. Spaces for in-person attendance are limited but the morning session will be accessible via webinar, from 9:30-11:30 am.

Learn more: Evite – CARE USA and the TOPS Foundation

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Launch of new gender integration resources on March 25

The 2014 Storybook is a collection of gender integration stories from ACDI/VOCA, Catholic Relief Services, Lutheran World Relief, Mercy Corps, Project Concern International, and World Vision. This document was developed through technical support from Cultural Practice, LLC.

Integrating Gender throughout a Project’s Life Cycle 2.0 is a customizable resource applicable to a wide range of development practitioners, with a focus on food security and nutrition. Land O’Lakes International Development’s Integrating Gender throughout a Project’s Life Cycle 2.0 was produced in collaboration with Cultural Practice, LLC, Development and Training Services, Inc., Partnership for Transparency Fund, Project Concern International, Save the Children and TechnoServe.

The launch and networking event takes place:

March 25, 2015, from 5 – 8pm

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW

Washington, D.C. 20009


RSVP HERE: lwr.org/storybook

Use #LWRgender or #gendertoolkit on Twitter to share your thoughts, questions, and pictures before, during, and after the launch event!

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Poverty Action Lab roundtable on “Qualitatively Measuring Women’s Empowerment”

CLEAR/J-PAL South Asia at IFMR organized the final roundtable in the Gender, Evaluation and Empowerment Series on “Qualitatively Measuring ‘Women’s Empowerment’: Lessons from South Asia” on 16 February, 2015 in Mumbai.

The video of the roundtable can be viewed here and the presentations and agenda are attached for your reference:

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Call for abstracts for special journal issue on how gender interacts with policies, institutions, and/or markets

The Journal of Gender, Agriculture, and Food Security and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) invite you to submit papers for a special issue focused on how gender interacts with policies, institutions, and/or markets in the areas of agriculture and food security.  Extended abstracts are due by April 4, 2015.

We also invite those submitting abstracts to participate in a one-day write-shop on July 14, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Participants will present their paper and receive feedback on it from experts in the field.

You can find further information at this link and in the call for papers: Agrigender and PIM writeshop. Please share this call with colleagues within the CGIAR as well as with external partners.


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