The latest in gender, agriculture and development...
4 February, 2022
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Quote of the Week:
"Arizona Muse is a model, sustainability consultant and climate change activist. Her new charity, DIRT, aims to regenerate soil globally in the face of climate change, with a special focus on biodynamic farming. This holistic approach focuses on nourishing the soil with compost and crop rotations, meaning it retains more carbon, helping to offset the effects of climate change.
Six years ago, Arizona decided to learn more about the clothes she was modeling. Her journey has turned into a knowledge-sharing mission to foster change along supply chains and DIRT is her mouthpiece to spread awareness on sustainable fashion.
While encouraging the fashion industry to invest in soil regeneration, DIRT also challenges consumer attitudes, using short and fun videos that encourage people to buy second-hand clothes or sustainable brands. Arizona believes it’s easy to be sustainably stylish and DIRT will work with brands to support the adoption of biodynamic clothing materials."
The webinar will include a panel discussion with representatives from governments, NGOs, and Indigenous and local community rightsholder organizations, who will each share their perspectives on how to advance ongoing national movements and reforms to collectively create solutions for achieving a human rights-based conservation model in Asia.
The WGD Discussion Series is organized by the Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED) and is an InclusiveVT initiative of Outreach and International Affairs (OIA). The series offers an opportunity for scholars and development practitioners to share their research and knowledge surrounding gender and international development with the Virginia Tech community and beyond.
Dates: Feb 10, 2022 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST; March 24, 2022 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST; April 14, 2022 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Participants in this training will gain hands-on experience on how to search
through literature systematically, appraise the quality of selected studies,
extract metadata, conduct meta-analyses, report findings and manage
references. Participants will also be introduced to basic concepts in conducting meta-analyses.
Date: February 14 and 15, 2022; 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM GMT(+3:00)
We invite applications for a Fellowship Program Manager who can manage, organize, and coordinate activities that meet the goals of the Fellowship for the Future. Part-Time Staff (Location Flexible - remote) 10 hrs/week up to 20 hrs/week, $20-25/hour.
The STAAARS+ fellowship application process is managed by Cornell University. A team of two or three researchers from one or more eligible policy research institution(s) submits one application. Applicants must prepare a concept proposal (maximum 2500 words), which motivates the selected research issue(s) and objectives, outlines data sources and proposed analytical methodology. The team must document it has access to the data proposed for analysis and is free to produce publishable research using those data. The proposal must also contain a feasible and detailed division of labor, explicitly outlining the roles and responsibilities of each team member and a timeline for completing a rigorous paper ready for submission to a peer-reviewed international journal, as well as policy engagement materials based on the research, within the 18-month fellowship period.
Information Session: February 18, 2022 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM EST
A participatory virtual workshop focused on challenges and opportunities for integrating gender throughout the project life cycle of Innovation Labs. The workshop will include a panel discussion with USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab gender specialists who will each share their perspectives on integrating gender in the project life cycle of innovation labs. The workshop will also include discussion-based breakout sessions. More details on the breakout sessions are available in the link above.
“Puerto Rico was once a thriving agricultural hub thanks to its tropical climate, rich biodiversity, and sustainable farming traditions.
Today, less than 2% of the workforce is employed in agriculture and tens of thousands of acres of arable land sit idle. Meanwhile, 85% of the food eaten in Puerto Rico is imported, grocery prices are among the highest in the US and last year two in five people experienced food insecurity. “Unemployment is brutal, prices are brutal, migration from the island is brutal,” said Denise Santos, who runs Puerto Rico’s food bank.
In the face of so many challenges, a new wave of interest in food and farming among younger Puerto Ricans is flourishing, as part of a wider movement demanding political, environmental and social justice. Small scale sustainable farming known as agroecology is driving a resurgence in locally grown produce that chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs and researchers argue can help revitalize the local economy, improve food sovereignty and both mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis."
Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education (AWARE) is an initiative by the Department of Global Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University to engage a community focused on empowering women in agriculture. AWARE believes that empowering women as an underserved group holds the greatest potential to make significant impacts in agricultural development.
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