Male Out-Migration: A Change in Households, a Change in Public Spaces - Nepal is a nation marked by one of the world’s most unique terrains, where climate and vegetation shift like an emerging seed. Most residents are involved in small-scale agriculture, but commercial and household agricultural production depends significantly on the availability of resources and climatic factors. In 2017, a Virginia Tech graduate student conducted research that showed agricultural outcomes are not just dependent on natural spaces, but human-made ones, too. Read the full story on Agrilinks

Gender, Geography, and IPM - Kaitlyn Spangler, a recent Virginia Tech graduate with a Master’s degree in Geography, investigated the gendered implications of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) amongst farmers in the Surkhet District of Nepal. Her research is part of the broader gender research focus of the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab (IPM IL), management by Virginia Tech. Read the full story here

Agriculture vs. gender culture—As seemingly simple and easy as conservation agriculture (CA) appears, economic and cultural obstacles (among other) can impede implementation of the three components of CA. In many ways the cultural traditions of a place are the toughest barriers to overcome, especially for women. For this reason, the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Innovation Lab (SANREM IL), based at Virginia Tech, is working to uncover gender issues in adopting CA. Read the full story here.

International insights help recent master's graduate—As part of her research for her master’s degree, Mary Harman Parks worked with the Innovation Lab for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (SANREM IL) on gathering information on gender in agriculture in the Philippines. Read the full story here.

Summer Gender Workshop in Ghana to Reach 9,000 Farmers– The West African regional IPM Innovation Lab project held a workshop in Tuobodom, Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana on gender roles and pesticide use in tomato farming, July 19-22, 2011. Facilitated by Maria Elisa Christie, Program Director of Women and Gender in International Development at Virginia Tech and lead researcher in the IPM Innovation Lab Gender Global Theme, the workshop trained senior scientists from the Ghanian Crop Research Institute, agricultural extension agents, a member of Ghana’s National Service, and a representative from the Ministry of Agriculture’s Women in Agricultural Development program, 24 participants in all. The workshop’s content is expected to reach 9,000 farmers in the extension agents’ regions. Read more…

Farmers' Stories From Kamuli– Women and men farmers from the Namwendwa Sub-County in the Kamuli District of Uganda have long depended on the groundnut (peanut) as a vital source of food and livelihood. It is central to their culture. Together with these farmers, Christie worked with Dr. Archileo Kaaya at Makerere University and Peace Kyamureku of the National Association of Women’s Organisations in Uganda (NAWOU) to produce a little book reflecting farmers’ lives. This book raises awareness of the problems caused by aflatoxins in groundnut and other crops and suggests appropriate post-harvest practices to reduce their impact on health and nutrition. Farmers were asked to trace the path of the groundnut from field to plate. Here they describe their groundnut practices both before and after harvest. In addition to the personal farmer accounts, maps, and drawings, the book includes recipes, providing a rich appreciation of the importance of groundnut in everyday life in this region of the country. To download a printer-friendly copy of the book, use this link: Farmers’ Stories From Kamuli (PDF, 3.04 MB).

Kitchens of Latin America—A radio interview with Dr. Maria Elisa Christie from Virginia Tech on With Good Reason. Dr. Christie talks about her work in central Mexico, which evolved into her book Kitchenspace: Women, Fiestas, and Everyday Life in Central Mexico. Listen here.

Parks: An up close look at climate change—Mary Harman Parks shares her insights on climate change formed from talking with small town farmers in Claveria, Philippines during her fieldwork for her master’s degree at Virginia Tech. There is no doubt for these people whose livelihoods rely on the climate that it is changing. Read the full story here.

Peanut Innovation Lab Success Story: Women, Health, and Peanuts in Uganda – Learn how Christie’s research in a Ugandan community in 2011 on peanuts and how the harvesting and processing of the crop might be tweaked for better results led to a publication entitled “Farmers, peanuts, and aflatoxins in Uganda: a Gendered Approach” in Development in Practice.

University program empowers women through gender workshop in Mali– The West Africa IPM Innovation Lab regional program held a 4-day gender workshop in Mali from June 15-18. The workshop, “Gender, Participatory Research, and Technology Transfer,” drew 30 researchers, extension agents, and representatives from institutions in West Africa that partner with the IPM Innovation Lab. Read More…