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.

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
April 15, 2014
The Green Climate Fund has approved WOCAN as an observer organization, allowing WOCAN to attend meetings of the Board. As an observer WOCAN will sharing research and materials, coordinating priorities and providing technical support and background information to GCF Board members, alternatives and their advisors. In particular, WOCAN will present its W+ Standard as a results-based finance...
May 6, 2014
On 27-30 April, Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, attended the 8th Annual Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8) organized by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in Kathmandu, Nepal. The CBA8 brought together over 400 stakeholders and practitioners in community-based adaptation (CBA) for field trips, plenaries and meetings, focusing on financing CBA, sharing best...
May 6, 2014
On 27-30 April, I attended the8th Annual Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8) organized by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in Kathmandu, Nepal. I attended various panels/discussions and actively engaged with other GGCA members participating at the conference. GGCA members developed a Resource Guide for Gender in CBA8, which included key messages and...
April 30, 2014
On 27-28 April, Maris Gavino, WOCAN Liaison, participated in the Civil Society Mechanism's (CSM) meeting prior to the CFS Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on RAI . The CSM discussed Draft 1 (an expansion of the Draft 0) of the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI). The Mechanism developed a point by point analysis of Draft 1 and wrote a...
April 22, 2014
Jeannette Gurung has accepted the invitation to serve on the Policy Advisory Committee for The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Project "Incentives for Ecosystem Services in Agriculture". The objective of the project is to raise awareness of the importance of incentives for ecosystem services provided by agriculture. In the first phase, the project compiled...
April 15, 2014
On 10 April, Kanchan Lama, WOCAN Board Member, was a discussant for the panel on "Scaling up partnerships opportunities in food and nutritional security and marine resources" at the UN Gender Assembly and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) joint thematic debate/forum on partnerships, held in United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. The primary objective of the joint event is to...

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WOCAN intern Asha Singh will be presenting on Gender and REDD+ at this CSW56 Learning Circle event of the GGCA. GGCA and NGO CSW Forum will co-convene this learning circle as an introduction to key gender and climate issues, building on the CSW56 theme of rural women. Specifically, this event seeks to introduce CSW56 delegates not necessarily familiar with gender and climate issues to its various...
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Addressing gender considerations in climate change adaptation and REDD+ efforts Cohosts IUCN, CIFOR While some work has already been conducted on the links between climate change adaptation and gender equality, recognition of gender aspects within a context of mitigation is still at an initial stage. Further work is necessary to raise awareness and acknowledgement of the relevance of linking...
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Aki Kono, Regional Advisor of UN-REDD Programme (UNDP) presented the findings of the Joint Initiative for Promoting Greater Gender Equality in SFM Policy & Practice, during the 'Regional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia' held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 7-9 October 2014. The Regional Joint Initiative was implemented by USAID LEAF (Lowering...
More than 40 representatives from communities, govt, NGOs, UN and donor agencies came together to explore best practices and the way forward at the 'Regional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia' held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 7-9 October 2014. The dialogue, supported by WOCAN, The Forest Dialogue (TFD) andRECOFTC – The Center for People and...
Jeannette Gurung presented the summary of theDialogue on Exclusion andInclusion of Women in the Forest Sector held in Kathmandu Nepal in 2012, during the'Regional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia' held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 7-9 October 2014. The purpose of theDialogue on Exclusion andInclusion of Women in the Forest...
Gary Dunning, Executive Director of The Forest Dialogue (TFD), delivered this pesentation during the 'Regional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia' held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 7-9 October 2014. The presentation focused on the 4Fs Initiative of the TFD and dicussed issues regarding managing landscapes for Food, Fuel, Fiber and Forests and seeking...
Daryll Delgado, Program Manager of Verite Southeast Asia (VSEA),presented their various research and programs on corporate accountability. The mission of VSEA is to ensure that people worldwide work under safe, fair and legal conditions. It is a network of NGOs globally in 60+ countries and works with Fortune 500 brands, SMEs, local and international NGOs, industry associations, trade...
This presentation was delivered by Maria Lee, WOCAN Program Coordinator, during the'Regional Dialogue on Women’s Inclusion in Landscape Management in Asia' held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 7-9 October 2014. The presentation highlights how including women in the landscape managment increases benefits for all.
The following assessment was conducted to validate the level of viability of the W+ Standard in the context of the ICS Programme in Lao PDR. The W+ Standard is a certification label that endorses projects that create increased social and economic benefits for women participating in economic or environmental projects. Women’s empowerment is measured through six Domains of the W+ framework:...
In programs: The W+ Standard
This policy brief highlights specific challenges that prevent the inclusion of women and gender perspectives in the forest sector and REDD+, it also presents relevant good practices of women’s inclusion in forest and other land use sectors and presented specific recommendations for policy interventions. Good policies alone are not sufficient to achieve results. The best and most sustainable...
This report is a synthesis of lessons andgood practices gleaned from four case studies of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)-fundedprojects in Benin, Lesotho, Mali, and Namibia. The case studiesassess how each project applied gender analysis to its designand implementation, seeking to understand how each projectapproached gender issues and how that approach...
This second publication from the Root Capital’s Issue Brief Series, documents their experience of applying a gender lens in their work on smallholder agricultural finance. This issue explains: An entire tier of women employees they call “hidden influencers” who often go unnoticed but are critical to making businesses function properly How they evaluate gender-...
In programs: The W+ Standard

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