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The Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab’s Gender Integration Approach: Engaging the Gendered Dimensions of Pest Management

Duration: 2014 - 2019

Country/Countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania, Vietnam

This project is supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Integrated Pest Management (IPM IL) with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Partner Organizations: Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), Mennonite Central Committee - Bangladesh,  iDE – Cambodia, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC), Virginia State University, Ambo University, icipe, the Ohio State University, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), iDE – Nepal, Southern Horticultural Research Institute (SOFRI)


Project Summary:

Inclusive agricultural growth and female empowerment are core development objectives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the IPM Innovation Lab recognizes that gender equality is integral to its overall mission to enhance agricultural livelihoods and generate sustainable development. Designing IPM practices and packages requires an understanding of why, where, and for whom such technologies and practices are most appropriate, accounting for how gender, socio-economic status, and ethnicity affect the integration of IPM into rural agricultural livelihoods.  Through its program-wide and project-level strategies, the IPM Innovation Lab is addressing the gendered components of pest management throughout the design, implementation, and evaluation of all activities, using a number of methods and best practices to explore two broad questions: 1) How do gender relations, norms, and attitudes affect the impact and outcomes of IPM Innovation Lab research activities? and 2) How do IPM Innovation Lab research activities affect gender relations, norms, and attitudes at the household and community level?

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Project Resources and Publications:

·         IPM IL 10-Year Special Report

·         IPM IL Three Year Book