Technical Support

To achieve our purpose, we provide technical support to generate new knowledge through analysis of specific issues and pilot projects to inform policy and program development, to ultimately enhance the abilities of women farmers/entrepreneurs to meet their practical needs related to food security, energy and sustainable development, while addressing their strategic interests for empowerment and balanced gender relations. WOCAN also acts as an ‘incubator’ of new field-tested ideas that support its mission, through innovative ideas that may serve to increase women’s assets and transform gender relations.

February 21, 2012
The award will honor an individual who is working closely and directly "in the field" or at the production or processing level with farmers, animal herders, fishers or others in rural communities, in any discipline or enterprise across the entire food production, processing, and distribution chain. To nominate a deserving individual, please fill this on-line form: http://www....
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January 11, 2012
WOCAN needs your vote to win an observer seat at the Forest Investment Program. The next steps in the selection process are as follows: Step 1: Your organization's application, along with the applications of several other candidates, will be included on the ballot for your region's seat on the committee or subcommittee. Step 2: On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, RESOLVE will open the voting...
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February 7, 2012
Everyone readily accepts the idea that having to pursue a career while still needing to raise children and manage household matters presents an obstacle to women, but most never think beyond this to recognise the implications. While women in Nepal are certainly gaining support this hardly gets to the root of the matter. Annina Lubbock from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD...
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February 13, 2012
Jeannette Gurung was invited to speak to the Ministry of Forests, Indonesia and donors regarding Gender and REDD+ in Jakarta on Feb.10. She shared there WOCAN's plans to develop an initiative in Indonesia with women's groups managing forest resources. Several senior women officials within the Ministry showed keen interest in a partnership with WOCAN.
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February 13, 2012
Jeannette Gurung and WOCAN Core Associate Kanchan Lama attended The Forest Dialogue’s Field Dialogue on Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry, held 6-9 February in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The meeting brought together partners engaged in commercial forest management to define key steps that are critical for successful deals for ILCF in Indonesia; Identify concrete actions for developing...
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February 28, 2012
The focus of the WPW Experts' Meeting was on gender statistics with special emphasis on Sex Disaggregated Data and Core Gender Indicators in Agriculture at the household level. It was discovered that there was scarcity of these data in the Eastern European and Central Asian countries. As a result, it was recommended that gender focal points be established and institutionalized for sound...
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February 28, 2012
The purpose of the WLC at the national level is to develop women's leadership, promote regular dialogue between women officials/professionals and women farmers/entrepreneurs/groups and to create new spaces for rural women's voices to be heard at policy levels. The first meeting of WOCAN "Women's Leadership Circle" was held in Kathmandu on 23 January, 2012. Eighteen women...
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March 8, 2012
According to FAO, women represent half or more of employees in agro-industries in many countries such as Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Kenya and South Africa. Let's celebrate not to forget the women that will feed the ever increasing billions in world population.
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March 7, 2012
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Led Negotiations for the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security has been re-opened in FAO, Rome, 5 March, but envisaged to conclude on 10 March. Adoption will take place at a Special CFS session in May. Maris Gavino, Liaison for Rome, is following the...
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February 28, 2012
Gender disparities affect the CRPs' impact on rural poverty reduction and the improvement of sustainable resource management, food security, nutrition and health. The Network will work with the 15 CRPs, to address shared gender research issues, and investigate common entry points where an understanding of the role of women in the management of new technologies and natural resources is...
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An outline and annotated bibliography by Emily Esplen for the Institute of Development Studies. Published, October 2006. Excerpt from "Engaging Men in Gender Equality": There has been much resistance on the part of some women to involving men in gender and development work – driven by fears about the dilution of the feminist agenda, and by anxieties over the diversion of limited...
The Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook presents a rich compilation of experiences, some of them ongoing, in which agricultural projects have incorporated gender-related components or adapted their operations to allow for gender variables and engage issues that affect men and women differently. Excerpt from "Gender in Agriculture: Sourcebook": Gender equality is crucial...
Competence Development Programme Manual on Gender Mainstreaming, UNDP 2002 This Manual is based on the approach to gender mainstreaming competence development in the UN developed by Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues (OSAGI), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) within the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) in 1999 and...
Part I. The integration of a gender perspective into programming and policy-making – Gender Mainstreaming – has become a key priority of UNDP. Towards this end, 'Gender Mainstreaming in Practice: A Toolkit' integrates a gender perspective into the analysis of work, home, and public life in order to improve policy-making and programming. This publication reflects the work of...
PART II: Sectoral Briefs. The Gender Briefs in Part II of this toolkit are designed to highlight the main issues and links between gender and a specific policy area. They do not attempt to be comprehensive, but give sufficient insight into the main issues. They also contain case studies and illustrations of gender mainstreaming.
The latest updates of the follow-up activities of the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook. New additions (new thematic notes and innovative activity profiles) to the Sourcebook, new publications building on the modules of the Sourcebook, proceedings of the International Expert Consultation on Gender in Agriculture, and other updates.
The latest updates of the follow-up activities of the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook. New additions (new thematic notes and innovative activity profiles) to the Sourcebook, new publications building on the modules of the Sourcebook, proceedings of the International Expert Consultation on Gender in Agriculture, and other updates.
Training Manual for Workshops on Empowering Young Women, supported by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and World Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). This resource manual is available to help prepare and facilitate training workshops for young women on a variety of issues, including leadership, economic justice, HIV and AIDS, human rights, and peace.
A new online database produced by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shines a light on how women lag far behind men in their access to land, major stumbling bock to rural development.
The enclosed document is advocacy training module that builds on WOCAN's past experience as the Organizing Partner for Women for the UN's Commission for Sustainable Development.

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