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.

May 30, 2014
Jeannette attended the Gender and REDD+ Learning Exchange organized by IUCN and USAID in collaboration with WEDO, the UN-REDD programme and REDD+ SESin Washington DC from 13-15 May 2014, along with about 45 others from around the world. The objective of the event was to increase the understanding of gender considerations relevant to REDD+ through exchange of on the ground examples from...
May 29, 2014
WOCAN has completed the first steps of the implementation of the first pilot project for the W+ Standard, within a biogas project in Sindhuli and Kavre districts in Nepal, in collaboration with the Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC), HIMAWANTI and ASTHA (two federations of women’s groups). During this Phase, the W+ Team has conducted the following activities required by the W+...
In programs: The W+ Standard
May 20, 2014
Jeannette Gurung, discussed WOCAN and the W+ Standard at a talk program organized by World Bank's Gender and Rural Development Thematic Group (GENRD) in Washington, DC, USA on 12 May. The session is chaired by Eija Pehu, Science Adviser and Gender Anchor, AES, World Bank and W+ Advisory Council Member. The discussants are Klas Sander, Senior Environmental Economist, LCSEN, World Bank;...
In programs: The W+ Standard
May 27, 2014
Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison in Rome, joined the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) preparatory meeting on 17-18 May and the negotiation of the Principles for Responsible Investments in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI) from 19 to 24 May. The 6-day negotiations worked intensively on the 6 Principle out of 10, also the Roles, Responsibilities, and Application Section still needs to be discussed...
May 9, 2014
Ingo Puhl, Managing Partner of the South Pole Group, hosted the Women in Agriculture and NRM (WARM) meeting on 7 May in Bangkok, Thailand.WARM is an informal gathering initiated by WOCAN to share, learn and build a network of individuals who are interested in issues related to Women in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WARM) (with men warmly welcomed). The 10 participants...
In programs: Innovation Incubator
November 15, 2013
On Oct, Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) with the support from WOCAN organized the two Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture & NRM (WLCAN) meetings in Kitale and Kitui County, Kenya. The objective of the meeting was to strengthen the leadership role of women farmers in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in the face of a changing climate. The two day meeting...
October 4, 2013
On Sept, Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) with the support from WOCAN, organized the two Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture & NRM (WLCAN) meetings in Kenya. One was in Nyandarua County on 2 -3 Sept, with 24 participants (20 women and 4 men) from Tulaga, Kinja and Gathara Wards and the other in Nakuru County on 12 -13 of Sept, with 21 participants (19 women and 2 men)...
May 20, 2014
On 19 May, Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) with support from WOCAN organized the Women Leadership Circle in Agriculture and NRM (WLCAN) meeting in Gathara, Nyandarua County, Kenya. There were 17 participants (15 women and 2 men) from, Mukiri Tene Women Group, Midhill Self Help Group, Gathara Mwihoko Women Group and Kinyahwe Group. The meeting was facilitated by Elijah Kimani...
May 15, 2014
On 14 May, World Bank hosted the discussion on thenew report, Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity, which distills vast data and hundreds of studies to cast important new light on the constraints women and girls face worldwide, from epidemic gender-based violence to biased laws and norms that prevent them from making decisions about their own lives. These...
April 4, 2014
On 3 April, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) hosted the 2nd Women in Agriculture and NRM Meeting (WARM) in Bangkok. WARM is an informal gathering initiated by WOCAN to share, learn and build a network of individuals who are interested in issues related to Women in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WARM) (with men warmly welcomed). The 16 (13 women & 2 men) participants...
In programs: Innovation Incubator

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Wocan organized the inception meeting for WLC in South Africa on 28 May, 2012.The major purpose of this meeting was to convene a small team to for a brainstorming session on how the Women’s Leadership Circles could be established in South Africa.
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WOCAN has recently completed curriculum development workshop on May 14-18, 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand that was attended by some of WOCAN’s Core Associate Trainers of Asia. The workshop was a part of IFAD supported project “Capacity Building for Women’s Leadership in Farmer Producer Organizations in the Asia/Pacific Region.” The main goal of the workshop was to develop...
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Training on Gender Analysis for staff of ICRAF (World Agroforestry Center), Kunming, China. May 28-June 4 by WOCAN Trainers Barun Gurung and Kalpana Giri
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16
Women’s Leadership in a Green Economy: Valuing Women’s Contributions with Abidah Setyowati, Cecile Ndjebet, Meena Bilgi, Jeannette Gurung and Ministry of Forest, Indonesia Evidence from Indonesia, Cameroon and India presented in the panel demonstrates that empowering women as resource managers and entrepreneurs presents a powerful strategy that can be used to address both local and...
May
17
Presentation of WOCAN’s Reframing Leadership for Gender Equality for Agriculture and NRM Course. A promotional video was presented to 25 organizations in Pretoria, South Africa, by members of WOCAN’s Training Team Sikhalazo Dube, Sefora Masia, Colletah Chitsike and the Executive Director, Jeannette Gurung.
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18
WOCAN Coordinator Sefora Masia is organizing the first meeting of the South Africa Women’s Leadership Circle to be held on May 18, 2012 in Pretoria. The Executive Director, Jeannette Gurung , women farmers, WOCAN members and government and non-government representatives will attend.
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22
WOCAN Core Team members Annabell Waitu and Wangu Mutua will convene a Women’s Leadership Circle Inception meeting on May 14 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Apr
17
WOCAN Core Team Trainers Phanlany Khamphoui and Abidah Setyowati will conduct a gender analysis with PACT Cambodia staff in the Oddar Meanchey Project.
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19
Dibya Gurung, WOCAN Nepal Coordinator, will participate in the AWID International Forum, April 19 to 22, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. Dibya will share WOCAN's experience with Women's Leadership Circles in Nepal and elsewhere as a strategy for advocacy for food security in a panel with OXFAM on "Women Transforming the Food System and Advancing Their Rights: sharing practical...
Jun
23
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WOCAN is one of the organizing members of the Women Major Group. It will be sending a delegation to Brazil. More information can be found at http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/.

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This publication aims to help fill major knowledge gaps in relation to the impact of multiple drivers of change on women in Nepal and women’s role in adaptation to climate change and managing natural resources. It examines the impacts of climate change in Nepal, and how the resulting increase in rural women’s workload has affected women’s health, income, safety, nutrition and...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This report assesses the progress made toward genderequality and women’s empowerment since the MDGs wereadopted in 2000. It summarizes findings from 95 surveysconducted by MEASURE DHS in 47 countries from 2000to 2011. While the largest group of countries comes fromsub-Saharan Africa, every region of the developing world isrepresented. Data on trends are...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This training video targets community forestry practitioners to improve gender equity on the ground. The video explains the concept of gender equity in the context of forest communities and highlights best practices for achieving gender equity. Shot in Vientiane in Lao PDR and the Baan Thung Yao community forest in Thailand, the video features grassroots and institutional knowledge and...
The Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development is a multifaceted resource that high-lights the ubiquitous nature of smallholder agriculture in Africa; the many factors shapingthe location, nature, and performance of agricultural enterprises; and the strong interdependencies among farming, natural resource stocks and flows, rural infrastructure, andthe well-being of the...
The guide introduces some of the basic concepts ofprofessional fundraising and shows a variety of waysthat organizations can raise money beyond grants. Itcontains practical advice based on years of experiencein professional fundraising in the United States (U.S.)about the best places to look for money to support yourwork, how to develop your message, how to...
This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Women’s Empowerment inAgriculture Index (WEAI) baseline survey results, summarizing both findings fromthe WEAI survey and the relationships between the WEAI and various outcomesof interest to the US Government’s Feed the Future initiative. These poverty, health, andnutrition outcomes include both factors that...
In programs: The W+ Standard
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The toolkit focuses on food security, water, energy and disaster-risk-reduction and was developed to help dispel myths around gender. It is aimed at climate change professionals working in national governments, non-governmental organizations, as well as regional and international organizations.The toolkit is the result of collaboration between UN Women, the Secretariat of the Pacific...
This report brings together the main lessons from the Rural Women’s Leadership Programme (RWLP), implemented by the Policy and Technical Advisory Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), with support from the Government of Norway and insights from the Farmers’ Forum in 2010 and 2012. The programme was implemented in Madagascar, Nepal, the Philippines and...
This briefing series is the product of an on-going social learning process — the Climate Change andSocial Learning initiative (CCSL) — between the CCAFS team and its partners, in which knowledge has been co-constructed through manydifferent channels, including workshops, the CCSL ‘Sandbox’ and social media. Key messages For cross-site comparison...
Rwanda has provided a picture of promising change for improving gender equalities in land rights. This report draws upon extensive qualitative field research in 20 sectors of Rwanda to examine the current state of gendered rights to land in practice. Among Rwandan communities, there is now widespread knowledge of laws granting gender-equal rights. More and more women are receiving inheritance and...

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