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EVENT: INGENAES Global Symposium and Learning Exchange

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REGISTER:  http://bit.ly/1XCwkr9

MORE INFO:  ingenaes.Illinois.edu/2017symposium

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Call for abstracts/Learning Labs for the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Academy Week

The Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy invites the global community of ANH researchers and users of this research to the first ANH Academy Week to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 20-24 June 2016.

The ANH Academy Week will be an annual event, expanding on the successful history of the five Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) conferences and events and activities by CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) and Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Action (IMMANA).

The goal of the ANH Academy Week is to facilitate learning and sharing among the global community of interdisciplinary researchers and research-users working on agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health. The first ANH Academy Week is to be held in Addis Ababa to facilitate participation and engagement of the African research and research-user communities with participants from around the world.

The ANH Academy Week programme will feature contributions from a diverse set of ANH Academy partners and with the oversight of an International Steering Committee, including:
1) Conference on Agri-Health Research. The call for abstracts is now open, with deadline extended to March 13. 
2)  Learning Labs (training workshops) offered by ANH Academy partners
3) Events led by ANH Academy partner organisations
4) Opportunities for networking

More about the ANH Academy Week

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World Food Program Consultancy opportunity

Through Food assistance For Assets (FFA), WFP provides individuals from vulnerable and food insecure households with food or cash-based transfers to help them meet their household’s short-term food needs, in exchange for their participation in asset creation activities that contribute to building longer-term food security and/or the restoration of community services.

As part of an effort to strengthen existing FFA corporate guidance and field practices, WFP is about to undertake a study aimed at assessing the gender contribution of FFA, with a particular focus on women’s socioeconomic empowerment and women’s nutrition. The study is expected to demonstrate how FFA programmes – through their planning, design and implementation modalities, but also through the transfer they provide, the assets they build and the complementary activities with which they are integrated – can and should support a transformation of unequal gender relations to promote shared power, control of resources and decision-making between women and men, and ultimately serve as an effective tool to improve women’s nutrition.

WFP is looking for a senior consultant to undertake this study, for an estimated period of 4 to 6 months in 2016. The total workload is estimated at 80 working days, which should not necessarily be consecutive, and shall include missions to WFP HQ in Rome as well as to five countries where FFA is being implemented. The consultant should be highly specialized and qualified in the fields of gender and nutrition, with complementary knowledge on livelihoods and food security as well as on FFA-type projects. He/She will be given the possibility to mobilize additional junior and/or field-based consultants during specific periods of time when he/she will require technical support, within a budget range that is to be agreed with WFP.

All detailed information on the rationale, objectives and proposed modalities for the study are presented in the attached ToR’s: ToR_WFP Food assistance for assets project

If you wish to apply for this senior consultancy position please send your CV to Damien Vaquier (damien.vaquier@wfp.org) and Johanna Gårdesten (johanna.gardesten@wfp.org) by Monday 22nd February.

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How Women Can Maximize the Nutrition and Health Benefits of Irrigation for All

In a new A4NH Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange post, Elizabeth Bryan builds on the agriculture-nutrition framework to examine the gendered pathways through which small-scale irrigation can affect nutrition and health outcomes. Read the blogpost here

Also, in case you missed it: In response to increasing interest in how health has bearings on the gender-agriculture-nutrition framework, A4NH organized a seminar on Agriculture, Gender, and Health: Tracing the Links on October 20, 2015. The seminar provided three case studies in how gender dynamics in rural livelihoods influence health, and in turn, nutrition. The presentations are available in the following links:

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A4NH/IFPRI Gender Seminar: Gender, Agriculture, and Health: Tracing the Links

UPDATE: Recording of the screencast and presentations are now available on Slideshare.

The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) and the IFPRI Gender Task Force invite you to:

Gender, Agriculture, and Health: Tracing the Links


Three 15-minute presentations from:

Kelly Jones on livelihood shocks and sexual health

Research Fellow, Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, IFPRI

Elizabeth Bryan on irrigation, gender, and health

Senior Research Analyst, Environment Production and Technology Division, IFPRI

Delia Grace on gender-sensitive participatory risk assessment for food safety

Program Manager, Food Safety and Zoonoses, ILRI and A4NH

Chair: Hazel Malapit

Research Coordinator, A4NH and IFPRI Poverty, Health, Nutrition Division

October 20, 2015


IFPRI Conference Room 6A

Please find instructions for joining virtually at the end of this message.

How can we take into account health in our agriculture, nutrition, and gender research? Health and nutrition are closely interrelated: health status influences nutritional outcomes, by mediating a person’s ability to utilize nutrients and lead a healthy life, and nutritional status influences health, by mediating a person’s vulnerability to various illnesses. Both health and nutrition are directly and indirectly affected by rural livelihood decisions related to agriculture, livestock, and water management. Livelihood decisions and duties are gendered, in that social identity influences an individual’s options and choices. Men and women’s exposure to health risks, capacity to provide health care, and access to health services often vary due to these differing roles and rights.

This seminar provides three case studies in how gender dynamics in rural livelihoods influence health, and in turn, nutrition. Intended as an introduction to topics in gender, health, and agriculture, the seminar will help researchers familiar with the agriculture-to-nutrition pathways begin to think about how health has bearings on this framework.

In the seminar, Kelly Jones will present on recent research that traces how livelihood shocks may increase HIV transmission through higher-risk sex, especially for women. Elizabeth Bryan will share early-stage research on the links between small-scale irrigation adoption, gender, and health and nutrition outcomes. Delia Grace will introduce a gender-sensitive participatory risk assessment framework for addressing food safety.

We hope you can join this special Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) and the IFPRI Gender Task Force seminar in person at IFPRI or online via GoToMeeting (instructions below).

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Open Call for agency-level advising services candidates: agency-level advising provided by INGENAES

Is your organization doing work in Zambia? The Integrating Nutrition and Gender within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project intends to help you to address the unique challenges specific to your organization and context – through confidential advising assistance targeted specifically to your organization. Click here for the full background and advising activity description. 

To apply to receive INGENAES advising services for projects in Zambia, please complete this survey by September 30.  If you have questions about the program please address them to Nikki Grey Rutamu at ngreyrutamu@ucdavis.edu

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Call for Posters on Conference on Nutrition, Health, and Gender in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Publication: “Focus on Families and Culture: A guide for conducting a participatory assessment on maternal and child nutrition”

For many years Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) programs have focused on women of reproductive age (WRA) given that they and their young offspring are the primary risk groups. This choice has also been influenced by the idea that WRA act independently regarding MCHN practices.

In the past few years, programs have increasingly involved men based on the assumption that they play a leading role in MCHN at the family level. This may be true in the Western world, but it may not always be true in non-Western collectivist cultures where women are part of extended and hierarchically structured families in which various actors, in addition to husbands, influence women’s thinking and behavior.

This guide from the Grandmother Project is a state-of-the-art, user-friendly guide for program managers and planners for conducting a MCHN assessment to investigate intra-household roles and influence.  The FFC guide introduces a holistic, or systemic, framework that can assist program staff to more effectively identify key priority groups for interventions.  After learning about the development and key concepts and the methodology, one is taken step by step through the assessment process, complete with case examples, sample tools and diagrams.

Download the guide here.

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CARE USA is recruiting a Technical Advisor for Gender (Food Nutrition Security)

CARE USA is currently recruiting a Technical Advisor for Gender (Food Nutrition Security), who will provide technical assistance and strategic guidance to a portfolio of agriculture, livelihoods, and food and nutrition security programs within CARE’s Food and Nutritional Security (FNS) unit. S/he will provide direct assistance to country offices, and help ensure that FNS programs, operations, and research agenda reflect CARE’s rights-based principles and approaches to gender equality. To apply, visit CARE’s career page, http://www.care.org/careers, under domestic openings, or contact ehillenbrand@care.org for further information. Deadline to apply is July 15th.

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Five mid-week gender reads and resources

Photo: Joslin Isaacson. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

How do women and men cope with time burden, and what implications do such gendered coping strategies this have for nutrition? This month’s post on the Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange blog shares results from a systematic review of the evidence: It is time: Why time matters in agriculture-nutrition pathways from the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)

Nutrition education’s unexpected synergies with women’s empowerment: Rebranding bran: teaching nutrient-rich cooking in Mali (the Guardian) describes a project in Mali to teach mothers about nutrition and encourage them to cook with wholegrain cereal that is improving child health and freeing up women’s time.

A farmer participatory program is harnessing the creativity of grassroots innovators to generate laborsaving technology that empowers women smallholder farmers. From the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) blog.

We need better methods of measuring poverty if we want progress: A new way of assessing poverty differentiates between individuals instead of lumping households together. Participatory research methods were used to create the “individual deprivation measure.” From the Guardian.

Untangling Gender Mainstreaming: A Theory of Change Based on Experience and Reflection, from the Gender and Development Network, focuses on gender mainstreaming processes within development organizations such as changes to policies, plans and spending; recruitment practices; and staff knowledge and skills.

Have another recent gender read to share? Please do so in the comments section, or send suggestions to s.theis@cgiar.org.