Notes on integrating gender and nutrition within agricultural extension services
Gender and Nutrition Workshop Highlights
Representatives from non-governmental organizations, ministries of agriculture, and universities are using training activities they learned from INGENAES's workshops in their respective fields. The workshop, entitled “Integrating Gender and Nutrition into Agricultural Extension Services, is adapted for different regions around the world, which we have put into practice in Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Nepal, depending on the local context. Aimed at professionals in agricultural extension, from front-line workers to national level program managers, the workshops are highly interactive, incorporating role-playing, drawing, and props to bring gender and nutrition challenges that to life.
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After the interactive workshops in Nepal this May, participants shared the insights gained that have changed the way they think about gender. “I gained so many new ideas and skills to improve my work in the villages; I can implement all of the activities and techniques when I work with the community people,” one participant remarked. Another shared, “I train a lot for my organization to rural and urban women so this was a totally new experience of learning training of trainers; learning new ways to engage groups, especially using role plays and providing new information at the community level in an interactive way.”
As extension organizations and front-line workers incorporate and address gender and nutrition challenges into regular extension activities, gender equity in agriculture and at home and better nutrition for the whole household is becoming a reality.
The innovative app, Kumu, is ready to help you take complex information and turn it into an interactive map. INGENAES used the participatory mapping tool to map organizations, projects, themes, wisdoms, and commitments to action made during the INGENAES Global Symposium in January 2017. 156 individuals came together in Lusaka and represented 30 countries, so it was important to understand how different organizations and projects relate to and interact with others in the field of integrating gender and nutrition in agricultural extension (view map at https://kumu.io/ingenaes/2017-ingenaes-global-symposium).
Several organizations are planning to also use Kumu mapping. SANE in Malawi (Feed the Future, AgReach) is using the app to improve collaboration, colocation, and coordination among extension service providers and related organizations in 10 districts in Malawi. An INGENAES partner in Asia will potentially use Kumu to map organizations to which their 9,000 members belong. This tools would help them to understand the common themes and specializations across this wide range of practitioners. Intrigued? Set up a free map of your own at https://kumu.io or contact Aldo DeMoor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to help you develop one.
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A Different Strategy
Integrating Gender and Nutrition within the Zambia National Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Strategy
The 6 million people working in Zambia’s agriculture sector gain key support to succeed in farming with access to a well-rounded extension system. Agriculture accounts for up to 85% of Zambia’s workforce and is the main source of livelihood for rural people, of which 77% are poor, so an encompassing, well-functioning extension system is necessary to improve their lives.
The Zambian government recognizes the need to establish a pluralistic agricultural extension system that serves the needs of both men and women and improved nutrition for everyone. Most farmers are scattered over great distances across the rural landscape, and many of them are smallholder or subsistence farmers who would benefit from quality agricultural extension services that are responsive to their needs and help them attain food and nutrition security. The government therefore engaged with INGENAES (Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services) to advance a gender-responsive and nutrition sensitive National Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Strategy (NAESS), which Zambia officially launched on March 10, 2017.
INGENAES was privileged to assist in developing a gender-responsive and nutrition-sensitive extension strategy alongside the Ministry of Agriculture and the Zambian Forum for Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (ZAFAAS). Read more on the blog!