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  Beans from the market in Lusaka, Zambia
 
Integrating Nutrition into the Core Curriculum of Zambia’s Agricultural Technical Institutes

Most extension staff receive little or no training related to human nutrition. In-service training can help increase their knowledge and skills in this area, but many extension systems are too strained to provide regular opportunities. Reaching future extension staff with nutrition training in their preservice education provides them with a foundation in nutrition at the beginning of their professional careers. 

INGENAES partnered with the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, and the EU’s Performance Enhancement Programme II project to develop a nutrition module that will be incorporated into the core curriculum of all ten of the country’s Agricultural Technical Institutes (ATIs) by the later part of 2018. ATIs provide certificate and diploma programs, and the ongoing collaboration with INGENAES will also result in stand-alone courses on food, agriculture, and nutrition for three general agricultural colleges, as well as ongoing technical assistance to instructors and their administrators to ensure effective delivery.    

This module consists of a manual, workbook, presentation, and lecturer guide and is available online at https://ingenaes.illinois.edu/zambia/ under Project Resources > Training Modules.

 
 

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New Extensionist Learning Kit (NELK) on Nutrition

Over the past decade, many training materials have been produced on the topic of nutrition-sensitive agriculture, a phrase that describes activities that maximize agriculture’s contribution to nutrition. None of these materials have specifically focused on extension staff for a global audience, however. To fill that gap, INGENAES has partnered with the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) on the latest module in the New Extensionist Learning Kit, titled, “Nutrition-Sensitive Extension”. The module was released after INGENAES led a side event in December at the African Extension Week in Durban, South Africa, which included piloting and eliciting feedback on module activities.

The final version provides nutrition content that is relevant to extensionists’ typical tasks, and skills to implement extension activities in a way that will support human nutrition. Intended for either individual study or classroom instruction, the module consists of a manual, workbook, presentation, and lecturer guide, and is available online on our Training Materials site here.

 
 

Enhancing Capacity and Quality, Promoting Gender Responsive, Nutrition Sensitive and Professional AEAS in Uganda

The First Uganda National Agricultural Extension Symposium was held March 13th-15th, 2018 at the Hotel Africana in Kampala. This year’s theme entitled, Enhancing Capacity and Quality, Promoting Gender Responsive, Nutrition Sensitive and Professional AEAS in Uganda, was the first of its kind to recognize the critically important role of extension and advisory services within the country’s agricultural sector.

Nearly 200 Farmers and Agricultural Extension professionals from all over Uganda and neighboring East Africa took part in the three day event sponsored by USAID and INGENAES, in partnership with the Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (UFAAS) and several local supporting NGOs. The event showcased the INGENEAS’ work in bringing about nutrition awareness and gender integration within agricultural extension, as well as the various methods and partnerships that it helped to foster as a means of strengthening the role of private sector extension. In short, this symposium helped build capacity and the foundations for an open and responsive agricultural extension system.

Poster made at symposium in Uganda
 
 
 

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Cracking the Nut Conference 2018 – Gender Dynamics in Ag Technologies

Cristina Manfre from Cultural Practice (CP) will be attending the Cracking the Nut conference on Promoting Agricultural Technology Adoption and Resilience. She will form a panel on addressing gender and nutrition in climate-smart technology design and dissemination with Elizabeth Bryan from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

The session will explore two resources that help identify opportunities for agricultural technologies to advance climate resilience, gender equality, and nutrition: CP’s Assessing How Agricultural Technologies can Change Gender Dynamics and Food Security Outcomes” toolkit and IFPRI’s Gender, Climate Change, and Nutrition Integration (GCAN) framework. Session participants will interact with the tools, effecitively using them to evaluate an agricultural technology or practice.

 
 

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Exploring Gender-based Violence and Empowerment in Rural Tajikistan

The University of Florida recently implemented a research activity in rural Tajikistan surrounding violence and empowerment within men’s and women’s groups. The findings would serve to build workforce capacity for the regional agricultural extension agents, and collect data to determine the level of violence within the communities and perceptions of women's empowerment.

UF faculty, Nargiza Ludgate and Elizabeth Wood, designed and implemented the project, having gone to Tajikistan late April to conduct a training-of-trainers (TOT) workshop among the FTF Tajikistan Water and Agriculture Activity (TAWA). The workshop included materials and activities surrounding gender, gender-based violence, and women’s empowerment. The workshops also act as train-the-trainer seminars for the agricultural extension agents, so that they may introduce a condensed version of this material to the villages within the Feed The Future Zone of Influence in the Khatlon Province of Tajikistan. Workshop materials (in English and Russian) have been made available online at https://www.ingenaes.illinois.edu/tajikistan under Reports and Presentations.

 
 
 
 

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