The latest in gender, agriculture and development...
25 February, 2022
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"Bukavu, the provincial capital that hugs the shores of Lake Kivu, has one of the highest reported incidences of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world.
South Kivu’s economy is precarious and there are limited employment opportunities for both women and men. Following years of civil war, many public institutions remain weak, compounding already high rates of poverty and instability motivated by a thriving trade in precious minerals.
Gender-based violence (GBV) can be physical and sexual violence against people who diverge from their society’s ‘rules’ about what it means to be male or female. It can also include emotional and economic acts of harm, as well as sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment.
Samantha warns that GBV can have far-reaching effects for food security and agriculture by:
reducing on- and off-farm capacity
restricting access to extension and community support
increasing household costs
preventing participation in markets, community enterprises, and savings and loans groups
reducing economic output
contributing to decreased productivity.
In many cases, Dr. Bullock says, “we might forget that we’re working with individuals that are part of a household, a family network. Often, the actions taken with an individual don’t stop there. It’s really important to think about these relationships that can support or hinder a project’s intended outcomes.”"
ICARS is pleased to announce a new Request for Proposals, released in partnership with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). This RFP builds on the knowledge gained from scoping roundtables in late 2021, where 31 gender and AMR experts discussed the gender gaps in AMR research across the one health spectrum. Further information about the roundtable outputs is also available in Annex 1 of the RFP. The project has an available maximum budget of 150,000 USD and must be led by a research institution in sub-Saharan Africa. Projects are highly encouraged to form partnerships with institutions in south-east Asia.
The Global Land Alliance (GLA) and the Land Portal Foundation invite you to join this webinar on 16 March, 2022 to learn about the risks to informal wives during land tenure formalization campaigns.
Land rights formalization and titling campaigns have improved land tenure security for millions of rural people over the past decades. But while many have benefitted, others have been left out, and risks are often highest for women.
Speakers will showcase opportunities to scale up women’s groups and women-led enterprises managing climate projects by catalyzing new funding. WOCAN will share its experiences with the W+ Standard to measure gender outcomes in climate mitigation projects in Africa and Asia that bring additional grant funding for adaptation activities to women’s groups.
"To this end, the researchers analyzed the relationship between access to modern energy and fertility based on panel data synthesized from 155 Demographic and Health Surveys spanning a period of 26 years. Controlling for other determinants, the results show that access to electricity and modern cooking fuels, along with education, negatively affect fertility. The results further indicate that energy and education effects are complementary and strongest in regions with initially high fertility rates.
“We found that switching to modern fuels like gas or electricity not only improves health, it also relieves women of the need to have many children, to do time-consuming housework like fetching firewood, or cook on open fires. This frees up time to seek information and education and eventually helps women realize their reproductive rights. This is a direct line connecting the switch from modern energies to the demographic transition,” explains Camille Belmin, lead author of the study and a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)."
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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