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Learning from livestock and gender

Photo: ILRI

Recently we posted on ‘Learning from gender research in agriculture’, now its time to pick up some materials and methods from work being done on gender in the livestock and rural poverty realms. Here are some useful websites and materials. I thank Beth Miller for alerting us to these livestock and gender resources.

1. Poverty, gender and impact portal International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI-CGIAR)


Particularly look at the ideas for “Tools for gender and livelihood analysis” at http://www.slideshare.net/ILRI/presentation-4-tools-for-gender-and-livelihood-analysis  and download and check out this handy “Gender, Livestock and Livelihood Indicators” guide: http://mahider.ilri.org/handle/10568/3036

“This guide is a reference point for some of the important indicators that ILRI can use to monitor the changing role of livestock in livelihoods in different production systems and the impact of livestock-related interventions.”

By Jemimah Njuki and colleagues

ILRI also has a Gender and Livestock blog: http://agrigender.wordpress.com/

 a. Gender and social dimensions of keeping rural livestock Africa: Download report.

b. Gender and social dimensions of keeping rural livestock South Asia: Download report.

2. IFAD Gender and Rural Poverty Portal Gender and rural poverty


A particularly useful page with many links to gender and development resources is: http://www.ruralpovertyportal.org/web/guest/topic/resources/tags/gender

Also, the site for the livestock community of practice for livestock http://www.cop-ppld.net/fileadmin/templates/cop-ppld/docs/Strategic_Framework-CoP-PPLD.pdf

Community listeners’ clubs – a new idea from Africa

“Community listeners’ clubs: Stepping stones for action in rural areas”

Invented in Niger and the Democratic Republic of the Congo by NGOs and FAO, community listeners’ clubs are creative new institutions that help rural women and men access and share information by radio to improve their lives and solve their farming and other problems and learn about new chances. This new FAO publication describes and illustrates how they operate. Although no fisheries and aquaculture examples are included, many fish sector people share the common rural challenge of communication.

As some of the creators of the new clubs describe it: a community listeners’ club is “a group of men and women who wish to listen to radio programmes actively and systematically with a view to discussing the content and above all putting into practice the lessons learned”.

Download the publication: http://www.fao.org/docrep/014/am604e/am604e.pdf

Gender and aquaculture issues brief

Women carrying the harvest. Photo: WorldFish Center

WorldFish Center has released an Issues Brief on Gender and Aquaculture, “Gender and aquaculture: sharing the benefits equitably”

Download at: http://www.worldfishcenter.org/resource_centre/WF_2832.pdf

The issues brief focuses on 5 themes that draw on many of the papers from previous AFS GAF Symposia and proceedings (see https://genderaquafish.org/resources-3/asian-fisheries-society-genderwomen-and-fisheries-resources/ for hand access to all the previous proceedings and publications)

  1. Markets, trade and migration
  2. Capabilities and well-being
  3. Identities and networks
  4. Governance and rights
  5. Climate change, disasters and resilience

2011 AWARD Fellowships include one aquatic resources recipient

The 2011 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development Fellowships have now been announced (Fellowships announcement)

One of the recipients is Jacqueline Kazembe, MSc, Acquatic Resources and Fisheries, Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, MALAWI. Congratulations to Ms Kazembe!

Genderaqafish announced the call for applications in January and will post future calls when they are open. Meanwhile, visit the AWARD site for more information (AWARD site) and see presentation by Dr Stella Williams at GAF3 on the AWARD fellowship scheme and its approach (PPT)

Influencing change, gender mainstreaming

Recommended reading!

Guinea pig farmer, DR Congo. Photo: CIAT

Influencing Change: Mainstreaming Gender Perspectives in Agricultural Research and Development in Eastern and Central Africa.”

Edited by: Barun Gurung, Elizabeth Ssendiwala, Michael Waithaka

Link to download publication

Part of the CGIAR Particiaptory Research and Gender Analysis Program, the project from which this very useful report came sought to influence the policies of agricultural research and development systems, while improving implementation and delivery of services directly benefitting vulnerable groups, such as poor women, through improved targeting. It wanted to develop mechanisms in national agricultural R&D institutions for making gender an explicit criterion for programming and effectiveness, and to enable the organizations to think more deeply about gender relations, away from the earlier “add women and stir approach”.

The researchers identified four challenges:

1. the limitations of the R&D institutions to effect real changes in social relations of their constituency groups, the small scale farmers

2. the tendency within the R&D institutions to define gender mainstreaming only in instrumental terms (investment in women has high pay-offs) and subsequently focus narrowly on emphasizing women’s visibility and their capacities and needs. This instrumental approach to mainstreaming emphasizes reliance on ‘tool kits’ and ‘checklists.’

3. the ‘logic of bureaucracies’ or how bureaucracies react to new challenges. When a new challenge is posed, the bureaucracy’s response will be determined by the level of threat or opportunity. When it comes to gender equality or women’s rights, both the opportunity and threat are low.

4. the culture of organizations is influenced by the larger society in which they are situated.

The project developed and trialed approaches to gender mainstreaming for meeting these challenges in agricultural R&D institutes of the following East African countries: DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

For fisheries and aquaculture specialists, the Introduction and Project Evaluation chapters will be of most interest, unless you work in one of the project countries, in which case you will find your country chapter also of interest.

Women organizing in West Africa to improve livelihoods in fish processing

From the the ‘New Agriculturist’ Wren Media: By organising women into groups and providing them with training, resources and credit, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), through the Post Harvest Fisheries Pilot Project of the Sustainable Fisheries Livelihood Programme (SFLP), has enabled post-harvest processors in ten communities to participate more effectively in decision-making processes and improve the efficiency and sustainability of their businesses. http://www.new-ag.info/developments/devItem.php?a=1870