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FANRPAN Participates in Global Learning and Evidence Exchange Conference
4 July 2013

FANRPAN was represented by its Women and Youth Programmes Coordinator, Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba at the recent USAID “Maximizing Feed the Future Outcomes by Reducing Gender Gaps” Global Learning and Evidence Exchange Conference (GLEE). The Gender GLEE held from the 22nd to the 24th of May 2013 in Washington DC was attended by 150 USAID Mission staff, implementing partners, experts and other practitioners.

The purpose of the GLEE was to discuss strategies, evidence, and implementation frameworks that build skills and increase understanding of how gender equality improves food security, increases agricultural production. The meeting also, deliberated on challenges faced by Mission staff and implementing partners in integrating gender into USAID's Feed the Future (FTF) programs.

Guest speakers included Julie Borlaug of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M who spoke about the critical importance of Gender in Feeding the Future. Ms Borlaug also highlighted that gender empowerment can be done with the right partnerships (teaching, research, extension) and that through FTF and the partnerships there is potential to advance the women empowerment agenda.

The meeting also featured a "Gallery Walk" session which allowed participants to listen and to learn from examples from the field. The Gallery session featured displays and publications on the following themes:

  • Technologies that save women’s time, including information on the time-saving device, the adoption process, community reactions, the amount of time saved, what women did with the extra time, and as well, the results.
  • Technologies women use in processing, including—the device, introduction/adoption experiences, reactions and/or results.Involvement of young women and men, girls and boys in agriculture, including how attitude, aspirations, and access to training and resources, experiences in involving them up and across value chains.
  • Women and markets, experiences in increasing women’s access to markets, tools, approaches.
  • Engaging Men in Reducing Gender Gaps in Agriculture
  • Policies that facilitate, or hinder, women’s involvement in agriculture
  • Reaching women farmers through ag extension

*Feed the Future, the United States Government's (USG) multi-agency global hunger and food security initiative, represents a $3.5 billion pledge to work with partner countries, development partners, and other stakeholders to tackle global food security challenges. FTF supports country-driven approaches to address the root causes of hunger and poverty and forge long-term solutions to chronic food insecurity and under nutrition. Drawing upon resources and expertise of agencies across the USG and the private sector, this presidential initiative is helping countries transform

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