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Reducing rural women’s domestic workload through labour-saving technologies and practices toolkit

IFAD has released a toolkit on reducing rural women’s domestic workload with the following components:

Teaser describes why labour-saving technologies and practices are needed to reduce women’s domestic workload and the benefits to be gained, with examples from IFAD-supported projects.

How To Do note offers practical guidance to help practitioners address this issue in the design and implementation of projects. It also provides details on proven labour-saving technologies and practices and gives key information sources.

Lessons Learned provides lessons learned from a study on the impact that IFAD water investments had on the time saved by households in collecting water, with a gender lens. It also gives recommendations for IFAD project design and implementation to improve the outcomes of labour-saving water investments.

Compendium showcases labour-saving technologies that were exhibited at the Sharefair on technologies and innovations for rural women on “Improving Food Security, Nutrition and Productive Family Farming in Eastern and Southern Africa”, held in Nairobi on 15-17 October 2014.

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Blogpost: Gender research beyond fairy tales: we can still do more and better

Isabel Lambrecht, Associate Research Fellow at IFPRI’s office in Ghana, writes about her choice to investigate gender in agricultural technology adoption. In this blogpost for Economics that Matters, she shares some surprises from what she has learned asking the question central to her dissertation, do we get higher uptake of agricultural technologies if agricultural extension programs work with only female farmers from a household, only male farmers, or both spouses jointly? Read the post here.


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How can ICTs promote gender equality in rural areas?

e-Agriculture is collecting information on the topic ‘Gender and the use of ICTs for agricultural and rural development – How ICTs can promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in rural areas’, to prepare a paper on the subject.

ICT initiatives are often generic and fail to recognize that the introduction of ICTs in a community will affect men and women differently. A range of specific barriers exist to women’s access, control and use of ICTs, all of which have implications for the efficacy of ICT-based agricultural interventions. However there are also initiatives that are inclusive and contribute to the promotion of gender equality through the use of ICTS.

In order to identify, analyse, understand and promote successful approaches, e-Agriculture and FAO are looking for experiences from different stakeholders. This is why we are now launching this call to you to ask you to share your recent experiences, articles, lessons learned, insights or good practices on gender and the use of ICTs for agricultural development.All contributions will be published on e-Agricultures thematic page on Gender and ICTs and the selected experiences and articles will be referenced in the final paper that will be published on our platform and through other media.

You can send your contributions to info@e-agriculture.org or share them with the group. We look forward to learning more about your insights on the topic.


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Nominations open for 2015 Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards – See more at UN Women.

This year, the global community commits to a new UN framework for sustainable development for the next 15 years and in the current draft, the use of ICTs is included as an important means of implementing gender equality commitments. The year 2015 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. One of the pillars of this platform is Media, including information and communications technology. The GEM-TECH Awards are an opportunity to highlight ways in which women’s meaningful access, use and development of technology can be achieved and to inform thinking and investments as we look forward.

The 2015 awards will focus on the following three categories:

  • Application of Technology for Women’s Empowerment: Recognizing applications of technology across all sectors, and particularly the pillars of the Beijing Platform for Action, for the empowerment of women and to achieve gender equality.
  • Women in the Technology Sector: Recognizing success in the promotion of girls and women as creators, drivers, leaders and decision-makers in the technology sector.
  • Gender-Responsive Technology Governance, Policy and Access: Recognizing efforts to bridge the gender digital divide through strategies, policies and regulations that ensure enabling and foundational factors such as access, connectivity, security, digital literacy and citizenship, and more advanced skills-development are gender-responsive.

Nominations of civil society, government, international organizations and private sector stakeholders can be made here until 31 July.

For more information on the 2014 and 2015 GEM-TECH Awards please see: http://www.itu.int/en/action/women/gem/Pages/award-2015.aspx.

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Consultant opportunity with World Bank Gender Innovation Lab

The World Bank’s Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab seeks a Short Term Consultant (STC) to produce a gender-disaggregated cross-country analysis of well-being using the new Listening to Africa (L2A) survey.

The STC will be responsible to produce a gender-disaggregated cross-country analysis of well-being using the new Listening to Africa (L2A) survey. The L2A uses mobile phone technologies to collect high-frequency household panel data on a wide range of topics including education, health, labor, housing, assets, electricity and transport, consumption, nutrition and food security, security and violence, subjective well-being, agriculture, shocks and coping strategies, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene. L2A surveys are currently being implemented in Madagascar, Malawi, Togo (Lome), Senegal and Tanzania.

Findings from this research will be published as a WB-GIL report, which seeks to allow better understanding of gender disparities in Africa as well as of what can be done to address them.

About the Gender Innovation Lab: 

The Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) supports rigorous research to build the evidence base for effective gender policies. The impact objective of the Gender Innovation Lab is to increase governments’ and the private sector’s take-up of effective policies that address the underlying causes of gender inequality in Africa, particularly by promoting growth through women’s economic and social empowerment.

Read the full Terms of Reference here: L2A Survey STC_GIL

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Webinar: Re-Thinking the role of energy technology for women’s empowerment

Webinar: Re-Thinking the role of energy technology for women’s empowerment 

EmpowerWomen.org is hosting a Webinar organized by UNIDO in cooperation with the Climate Technology Centre and Network, UN Women, and ENERGIA on 6 May 2015 from 8:30am to 10:30am (EDT). Join the debate with remarkable experts and entrepreneurs in the field of sustainable energy to rethink the role of climate technologies for women’s empowerment.


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Publication: Gender-specific Approaches, Rural Institutions and Technological Innovations

A new publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), is available, titled: Gender-specific Approaches, Rural Institutions and Technological Innovations: Identifying Demand- and Supply-Side Constraints and Opportunities in Access, Adoption, and Impact of Agricultural Technological Innovations.

Authors: Catherine Ragasa and Debdatta Sengupta from IFPRI, and Martha Osorio, Nora Ourabah Haddad, and Kirsten Mathieson from FAO


This paper reviews and integrates findings from existing empirical studies and case studies received from 35 organizations in various countries to identify demand- and supply-side constraints and opportunities in access, adoption and impact of agricultural technological innovations. The most common technologies studied are improved seeds, fertilizers, farm mechanization, improved management practices, transporting technologies, and information and communication technologies. This review consistently finds that women have much lower observed rates of adoption of a wide range of technologies than men; and these are mainly due to differentiated access to complementary inputs and services. There are limited studies that looked at upstream stages including priority-setting and innovation processes, in which women continue to be underrepresented. Over the years, the development community and local organizations have been actively working and finding solutions to improve tools and approaches to bring technological innovations closer to poor women and men farmers and making sure that they are involved from the research priority-setting and technology development. There are a number of supply- and demand-side opportunities and promising pilots, and are synthesized in this paper.

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News: In Kenya, Survey of Female Farmers Uncovers Challenges

A World Bank survey in Kenya that seeks women’s input and data to inform agricultural policy shows that female farmers have limited access to water, energy and finance, and few women own property they can use as collateral for loans. As agriculture becomes ‘feminized’ and men abandon farms to work in cities, policies must change to meet women’s needs. Read more here: http://go.worldbank.org/ETKDJPYK70

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Event (DC): Passports to Progress ICRW’s 35th Anniversary Colloquy

Join ICRW as we kick off our 35th anniversary celebration on March 8, International Women’s Day, with a conversation about breakthrough innovations poised to transform the trajectory of women’s lives.

Game-changing Innovations for Women

Moderator: Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Host, MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports”

Confirmed Speakers: Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
Bobbi Silten, Chief Foundation Officer, Gap Inc.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2011
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: National Press Club
529 14th St., NW, 13th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20045

The March 8 event will be the first in a year-long series of exclusive gatherings to address critical issues likely to shape the lives of women and girls in developing countries.

For more information on “Game-changing Innovations for Women,” contact Jo Butler at 202.742.1227 or jbutler@icrw.org

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Publication: Access, Adoption, and Diffusion Understanding the Long-term Impacts of Improved Vegetable and Fish Technologies in Bangladesh

Neha Kumar & Agnes R. Quisumbing (IFPRI)

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This paper assesses long-term impacts of vegetable and polyculture fish production technologies on a variety of measures of household and individual well-being in Bangladesh. In 1996–1997, households were surveyed in three sites where nongovernmental organizations and extension programs were disseminating agricultural technologies—about two to six years after the technologies were first introduced. The same households were reinterviewed in 2006–2007. Continue reading