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Gender, Equity, and Knowledge (Gender Global Theme)

Duration: 2010 - 2014

Country/Countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Mali, Uganda, Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Tajikistan

This project was supported by the Integrated Pest Management Collaborative Research Support Program (IPM CRSP) with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Partner Organizations: Instituto Nacional Autónomo de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP), Makerere University, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Crops Research Institute (CRI), Michigan State University, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, FIELD Indonesia Foundation, Instituto Dominicano de Investigaciones Agropecuarias y Forestales (IDIAF), Escuela Agrícola Panamericana, Zamorano, Office de la Haute Vallee du Niger (OHVN), iDE, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, University of Dhaka, Bogor Agricultural University, Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (Cambodia), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)

Project Summary:

Even though we might not be aware of it, everything we do in our lives is gendered. In developing countries, this concept is particularly important because men’s and women’s roles, responsibilities, and resources are governed by gender expectations. In many countries, women’s participation on the farm goes unnoticed or unrecognized despite the fact that they carry out most of the agricultural work. This project supported the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab (IPM IL) by ensuring that women were able to participate in the program and have access to information and resources. The project collaborated with gender specialists in each of the IPM IL sites to develop solutions to agricultural challenges that allow all members of a community to benefit. The gender global theme asks each program to consider the questions, “How do our programs affect gender?” and “How does gender affect our programs?” The three major foci of the gender global theme are: research, capacity-building, and gender equity.

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Project Resources and Publications:

·         Mapping gendered pest management knowledge, practices, and pesticide exposure pathways in Ghana and Mali

·         Embodied Livelihoods and Tomato Farmers’ Gendered Experience of Pesticides in Tuobodom, Ghana

·         Gender based constraints and opportunities influencing farmer participation in coffee IPM groups in Bugisu Sub region, Uganda

·         Barriers to women’s participation in coffee pest management learning groups in Mt Elgon Region, Uganda

·         Gender and pest management: Constraints to Integrated Pest Management uptake among smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda

·         IPM IL Annual Reports: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010