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.

February 21, 2012
The award will honor an individual who is working closely and directly "in the field" or at the production or processing level with farmers, animal herders, fishers or others in rural communities, in any discipline or enterprise across the entire food production, processing, and distribution chain. To nominate a deserving individual, please fill this on-line form: http://www....
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January 11, 2012
WOCAN needs your vote to win an observer seat at the Forest Investment Program. The next steps in the selection process are as follows: Step 1: Your organization's application, along with the applications of several other candidates, will be included on the ballot for your region's seat on the committee or subcommittee. Step 2: On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, RESOLVE will open the voting...
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February 7, 2012
Everyone readily accepts the idea that having to pursue a career while still needing to raise children and manage household matters presents an obstacle to women, but most never think beyond this to recognise the implications. While women in Nepal are certainly gaining support this hardly gets to the root of the matter. Annina Lubbock from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD...
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February 13, 2012
Jeannette Gurung was invited to speak to the Ministry of Forests, Indonesia and donors regarding Gender and REDD+ in Jakarta on Feb.10. She shared there WOCAN's plans to develop an initiative in Indonesia with women's groups managing forest resources. Several senior women officials within the Ministry showed keen interest in a partnership with WOCAN.
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February 13, 2012
Jeannette Gurung and WOCAN Core Associate Kanchan Lama attended The Forest Dialogue’s Field Dialogue on Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry, held 6-9 February in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The meeting brought together partners engaged in commercial forest management to define key steps that are critical for successful deals for ILCF in Indonesia; Identify concrete actions for developing...
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February 28, 2012
The focus of the WPW Experts' Meeting was on gender statistics with special emphasis on Sex Disaggregated Data and Core Gender Indicators in Agriculture at the household level. It was discovered that there was scarcity of these data in the Eastern European and Central Asian countries. As a result, it was recommended that gender focal points be established and institutionalized for sound...
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February 28, 2012
The purpose of the WLC at the national level is to develop women's leadership, promote regular dialogue between women officials/professionals and women farmers/entrepreneurs/groups and to create new spaces for rural women's voices to be heard at policy levels. The first meeting of WOCAN "Women's Leadership Circle" was held in Kathmandu on 23 January, 2012. Eighteen women...
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March 8, 2012
According to FAO, women represent half or more of employees in agro-industries in many countries such as Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Kenya and South Africa. Let's celebrate not to forget the women that will feed the ever increasing billions in world population.
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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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It was proposed that these recommendations should constitute an essential component of policy and management strategies. A reformed FAO, in a strengthened Committee on Food Security will be held accountable by women in agriculture.
At this crucial time of institutional reform and resource allocation, the agriculture sector must afford women producers recognition and value as primary food producers and environmental managers. The Network of Women Ministers and Leaders in Agriculture is an example of such collective action.
A group of 40 women representing 26 organizations from 17 countries from five regions of the world organized themselves in a women’s caucus at the margins of the Civil Society Forum, a parallel Forum of the World Summit on Food Security. WOCAN, together with International Alliance of Women facilitated the participation of this group during the Civil Society Forum.
The UNEP Gender Forum was held on 15 February 2009 in Nairobi, as a pre-session event to the UNEP Twenty-fifth session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (Nairobi, 16–20 February 2009). The report is also available in French and Spanish on the following website: http://www.unep.org/GC/GC25/nwmle.asp
Special Session of the third global meeting of The Farmers’ Forum in conjunction with the Thirty-third Session of IFAD’s Governing Council. IFAD Headquarters, Rome 12-13 February 2010.
The papers contained in this volume represent a substantive contribution to the literature on the topic of gender and fisheries. Drawing on work undertaken around the globe, the results described here confirm and extend earlier work and show that contributions to the fisheries sector among different genders are highly differentiated but uniformly substantial. As with many other sectors, however,...
Documents from the Global Symposium on Women in Fisheries.
This publication presents a record of the 1998 International Symposium on Women in Asian Fisheries. The fisheries sector has unique problems related to women, which have to be addressed not only from a technical standpoint but also from a social one. The symposium aimed at stimulating discussion and promoting well-planned research and development activities in this area. Thirteen presentations,...
The objectives of the project were to train some 30-house wives in the Biyem-assi neighbourhood in chicken smoking and eventually the creation and management of micro-enterprise from this activity.
In many developing countries, women provide much of the labour for livestock tasks. Yet their role in livestock production has been undervalued by policymakers. and research on this issue widely ignored.

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