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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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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation: Technical Workshops on gender and irrigation

Reposted from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) website.

Upcoming workshops in Ghana (April 13-14) and Tanzania (April 20-21) will carry forward this dialogue and forge new networks of government agents and practitioners working at the interface of gender and irrigation. If you work in these countries and would like more information about these workshops, please contact Sophie Theis from IFPRI.

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On March 9-10, 2016, the first in a series of Feed the Future ILSSI workshops to strengthen capacity on gender and water was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (agenda, pdf), convened by the International Food Policy Research Institute, the International Water Management Institute, and the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Over 45 participants from the Ethiopian government, NGOs, and research institutes joined for two days of interactive presentations, trainings, and discussion on gender issues in agricultural water management. Workshop materials, including presentations and videos, can be accessed here (Day 1 and Day 2).

The workshop series was motivated by the fact that control over water is essential for productive agriculture, but we have limited knowledge about whether women’s water needs are being met. ILSSI is addressing this knowledge gap, through research and capacity building-for-development in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Ghana to identify the technological, economic, and cultural factors limiting women’s ability to irrigate.

 

The workshop involved presentations from the Women’s Affairs Directorate in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Agricultural Transformation Agency, and IFPRI describing the state of knowledge on women’s access to water and the benefits of gender equality in water. A dozen NGOs and researchers shared case studies on their work overcoming barriers to women’s access to water. Presenters pointed out that women do have distinct needs that are not being met, and a one-size-fits all irrigation promotion policy is insufficient to achieve national gender equality, food security, and climate resilience goals. (Photo Credits: Apollo Habtamu/IWMI )

Building on early findings from qualitative and quantitative research in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania, the ILSSI team is developing a diagnostic checklist that water-related interventions can draw on to identify the key factors limiting women’s control over water. This instrument is being further refined through these workshops.

In the Ethiopia workshop, participants practiced using the checklist to apply gender concepts to the case study discussions. Participants expressed interest in using the checklist to promote dialogue with communities about solutions to gendered water needs and proposed using the checklist to inform Ministry of Agriculture gender mainstreaming guidelines.

 


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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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Job Opportunity: Water, Land, and Ecosystems Research Program hiring a Program Director

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is hiring a Program Director. The position will be based at IWMI headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Closing date: August 23, 2015

Apply for the post through this link: www.iwmi.cgiar.org/jobs


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Job Opportunity: Gender, Water, and Adaptation Specialist (ICIMOD), apply by 12 Feb

Summary

The Gender, Water and Adaptation Specialist will substantially contribute (around 80% of the position) to the Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) Research Initiative. HI-AWARE is a four-year programme aimed at developing climate change adaptation approaches and increasing the resilience of the poorest and most vulnerable women, men, and children in the mountains and plains of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. The HI-AWARE consortium is conducting integrative research across scales on the biophysical, socioeconomic, gender, and governance drivers and conditions leading to vulnerability in order to understand climate change impacts and to identify critical moments for adaptation.

Read more and apply here.

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ICARDA recruiting postdoctoral fellow on gender

ICARDA is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to determine the roles of masculinity and femininity in the design and implementation of water and agricultural innovations in Egypt, in order to remove gender inequalities and empower women through innovation processes. More broadly, the postdoctoral fellow will contribute to the CGIAR Gender Network’s research, particularly to the Global Study on Gender Norms and Agency in Agricultural Innovation, and to the Gender and Empowerment Intermediate Development Outcome (IDO).

The position is based in Cairo, Egypt. Applications are being accepted until February 12, 2015.

Please see the full announcement here: CRP DS-PDF Gender ICARDA Ad


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PUBLICATION: Women at the Center of Climate-friendly Approaches to Agriculture and Water Use

In a new paper, Shiney Varghese of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) examines proven agricultural practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen resilience to climate change through a case study of the Tamilnadu Women’s Collective in India. The collective, a federation of village-level women’s groups with over 150,000 members—the majority of which belong to the lowest caste—follow three principles for food security: 1.) empowerment of women; 2.) democratic local governance; and 3.) multifunctional agriculture.

Download the paper (pdf).