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.

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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The women pastoralists gathered in Mera, India, from November 21-26, 2010, representing 32 countries. They met to strengthen alliances and forward practical solutions to issues that affect them.This declaration was presented as a guiding political document to inform and support the development of pastoralist policies.
Published by a group at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). This paper synthesises evidence of the contributions that livestock make to the livelihoods of poor women in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and identifies factors that enhance or constrain livestock-related opportunities for women.
Huairou Commission Member Network and the Global Land Tool Network. This series of case studies highlights the land challenges of grassroots women, the capacity building strategies that have assisted to overcome these challenges, and consequent accomplishments of grassroots women’s organizations to access secure tenure and adequate housing in poor communities in Nepal, Honduras, Brazil, Russia,...
Prepared by Malcolm Langford with Cassandra Goldie in collaboration with UN-Habitat, Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), Huairou Commission, Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and Hakijamii Trust. The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an international network that aims to take a more holistic approach to land issues. It aims to support people, at national and local levels, to use ‘...
This publication sets out GLTN’s initial thinking on how effective and genuine grassroots participation can be a fundamental element of development of land tools at scale. The publication suggests twelve criteria for ensuring and assessing quality grassroots participation, which are distilled from various case studies and lessons learned by partners. It then sets out four ways in which grassroots...
Land tools are evaluated from many angles. The assessment of a land tool from specifically a gender perspective is likely to complement, or be part of other, wider, evaluations. As such, it needs to be designed to specifically capture what is important in terms of gender, and be user-friendly enough to be used both by gender experts and non-specialists.
Equal property rights of women and men are fundamental to social and economic gender equality. However, women often face discrimination in formal, informal and customatry systems of land tenure. Around the world, women encounter larger barriers due to social customs or patriarchal tenure systems which prevent them from obtaining and holding rights to land.
This paper discusses the changing nature of pastoral land rights in Ethiopia through a detailed case study of the Boran people in Oromia Regional State. It sets the case within wider national land reform processes and makes recommendations regarding how civil society and other actors can best engage with land policy and law formulation and implementation processes to secure women’s land rights.
In this bibliography you will find selected press articles on biofuels, land rights in Africa and the global land grab compiled by Mokoro. The main section is dedicated to Africa, smaller sections cover the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.
This paper strives to introduce a discussion of the gender dimensions into the growing debate on large-scale land deals. It addresses the current information gap on the differential gender effects of large-scale land deals through (1) an overview of the phases of large-scale land deals and discussion of related effects on rural men and women based on new literature on large-scale land deals and...

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