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.

June 18, 2012
On 22nd May 2012, inception meeting of WOCAN’s Women’s Leadership Circle (WLC) Kenya was held in Nairobi. It was attended by 20 representatives comprising of farmers, government official and Civil Society practitioners. The purpose of the inception meeting was to bring together key members of the Kenyan community of farmers and professionals to brainstorm on ways that this WLC can be...
June 13, 2012
WOCAN conducted its 2nd WLC meeting on 1 June, 2012 in Kathmandu Nepal. 29 women representing high level government official, grassroots women leaders and their networks and I/NGOs participated in this meeting. The main focus of the meeting was discussion on the gender gaps in Nepal’s REDD+ policy development processes. The meeting provided good opportunity for both the grassroots and...
June 11, 2012
On May 17, the WOCAN South Africa Core Team of Trainers (Colletah Chitsike, Sefora Masia, Unathi Kolanisi, and Sikhalazo Dube) led by WOCAN Executive Director Jeannette Gurung organized the meeting to present WOCAN’s Leadership course: Reframing Leadership for Women and Men for Gender Equality in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (NRM), to potential clients in the agriculture,...
May 28, 2012
The only statement delivered by the Civil Society on the agenda item entitled “Perspectives of Land and Water Resources in a Changing Climate” was by WOCAN. It was timely because the background document and the ensuing discussions hardly made mention of women and their importance in agricultural sustainability under conditions of changing climate. Subsequently, the Report...
April 18, 2012
At discussions during the 36th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2010 on Managing vulnerability and risk to promote better food security and nutrition, the HLPE, the multi-disciplinary scientific advisory body to the CFS, was requested to undertake, among other things, a study and a review of existing assessments and initiatives on the effects of climate change on food...
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April 23, 2012
The civil society organizations, a total of 53 including WOCAN, signed up to IATP's (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy) letter that was submitted to the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) through the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The letter calls the attention of the HLPE to redirect its focus and give more realistic, effective and dynamic...
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May 1, 2012
The workshop included an orientation on gender analysis and 2 days field work in four different communities in the project sites. The study assessed the extent to which the project has incorporated a gender perspective, and provided recommendations and gender responsive action plans to ensure that the project activities and benefit sharing mechanisms are responsive to the needs of women and men...
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May 2, 2012
Dibya Gurung, WOCAN's Coordinator for Nepal participated in the AWID Forum and shared experiences on rural women's leadership and actively participated in different sessions related to access to and control over resources, climate change, land rights and food security. WOCAN together with OXFAM, Canada and GROW from Mexico organised a Breakout session on "Women Transforming the Food...
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February 7, 2012
L2L Dialogue combines women's concerns with social change and community mobilization. L2L Dialogue fulfills the promise of women's empowerment as a change model. Grassroots women's work to map and analyze gender and power relationships becomes the foundation of their strategies for reconfiguring these relationships. L2L Dialogue actively addresses both strategic and practical concerns...
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February 15, 2012
Funding is very limited and is restricted to those who meet the conditions stated in the application. Applications for participation in the 3rd Inter-sessional Rio+20 in New York, USA, from 26-27 of March must be received by 17:00 EST, 26 February 2012. Applications for participation in the 3rd Prepcom and the UNCSD2012 conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, must be received by 17:00 EST, 12...
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