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1 Capacity building: Gender workshops in the IPM CRSP Dr. Maria Elisa Christie PI, Gender Global Theme Integrated Pest Management Collaborative Research Support Program (IPM CRSP) 7 th International Integrated Pest Management Symposium March 27, 2012 Memphis, Tennessee

2 The Gender Global Theme in IPM CRSP  Gender equity: Increasing participation of and benefits to women  Capacity building: Empowering teams to integrate gender  Research: Producing and disseminating knowledge of gender issues in IPM Developing models, applying with flexibility

3 Capacity building Gender and participatory methodologies workshops RegionW AfricaLACSE AsiaE AfricaC AsiaS Asia Participating countries Mali, Sénégal, Burkina Faso, U.S. Ghana Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Honduras, U.S. Cambodia, Indonesia, U.S. Kenya, Uganda, U.S. U.S.India Host Institution Mali: Office du Périmètre Irrigué de Baguineda (OPIB), OHVN, Institut du Sahel, INSAH, IER, CRI Ecuador: INIAPIndonesia: Bogor Agricultural University Uganda: Makere University U.S.: OIRED VTIndia: Tamil Nadu Agricultural University  Workshop model including on-the-ground research - RGA  Materials in English, French and Spanish  7 regional workshops: 63 men and 90 women trained  Also trainings and presentations at regional planning meetings

4 Workshop goals  Learn key gender concepts  Understand the importance of gender analysis  Understand how gender issues and women’s participation play a role in achieving IPM objectives  Develop and practice skills for data collection  Start to analyze gender and integrate the results into the IPM CRSP Regional Program  Identify gender-based constraints and opportunities for IPM CRSP

5 Workshop activities  Opening  “Vote with your feet”  Presentations  Gender awareness exercises  “It’s a boy!”  “What if you were born the opposite sex?”  Gender Dimensions Framework  Participatory methodologies  Field work  What do we know? What do we need to know?  Gender-based constraints and opportunities  Two-way question  Commitments for the future  Evaluations

6 USAID’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment  Ask 2 basic questions  How will the different roles and status of women and men within the community, political sphere, workplace, and household (for example, roles in decision-making and different access to and control over resources and services) affect the work to be undertaken?  How will the anticipated results of the work affect women and men differently  Half of the project beneficiaries should be women  Recognizes that the advancement and empowerment of women worldwide is necessary for economic development

7 The Gender Dimensions Framework The Gender Dimensions Framework (Cultural Practice, LLC) POWER ACCESS TO RESOURCES PRACTICES AND PARTICIPATION LAWS, LEGAL RIGHTS, POLICIES, AND INSTITUTIONS BELIEFS AND PERCEPTIONS

8 Gender Awareness “It’s a boy!” – Ensure inheritance – Pride – Maintain last name “What if you were born the opposite sex?” – Parents restrict where women can study (can’t be far from home) Examples from Ecuador

9 Gender Awareness Example from Ghana

10 Participants Important areas of diversity – Gender – Profession (scientists, extension agents, administrators) – Institution – Age – Knowledge and familiarity with gender and/or IPM Farmer participants

11 Process PI and Host Country commitment Adequate budget Getting the right people there Local co-facilitator Formalities (signage, opening, certificates) Planning and logistical support Participant materials

12 Train the Trainers Pre-workshop training of team leaders

13 Sample Outcomes Gender-based constraints and opportunities identified – Indonesia: government-sponsored health programs as entry point for IPM training – Mali: women’s control over literacy programs as possible entry point for IPM training – Ecuador: translation needed for participation of indigenous women Achievements – Teambuilding – Stimulating discussion and analysis – Potential impact on over 9,000 farmers in Ghana

14 Challenges Time and flexibility Last minute changes Women’s lower level of literacy Need for skilled facilitators Getting women farmers to attend Communication at all levels

15 Keys to success Diversity of participants Commitment from regional PIs and top level political support in host country Follow up by regional programs Hands-on field work Flexibility and adaptation to local context Interpretation and translation Logistical support

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