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.

Women in agriculture continue to be underrepresented and underserved, and their contributions are not fully tapped. As stated by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, ―Until women and girls are liberated from poverty and injustice, all our goals—peace, security, sustainable development—stand in jeopardy.‖ Whereas the fields of health and education have long acknowledged this truth—that explicitly...
This report analyses government and donor spending on agriculture, involving extensive work in three countries – Uganda, Malawi and Kenya – and a comprehensive literature review of many others over the past 10 years. It shows, first, that donors and developing country governments are still shortchanging farmers, and second, that funding is scarcest for the services that have the potential to make...
On June 18th, the World Food Program and Food and Agriculture Organization held a Global Food Security Consultation Meeting with Washington D.C. based agriculture organizations concerned with building a response to food crisis around the world. The goal of the Cluster is to improve food security responses in humanitarian situations through the provision of predictable support to country-level...
A side event jointly organized by FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) during the Annual Ministerial Review of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), participants examined how to overcome critical gaps in the advancement of rural women.
“From Dialogue to Action- The Empowerment of Rural Women in Agriculture" Luncheon Discussion, June 29, 2010. Final Report.
The aim of this report is to provide scientifically based facts, arguments and ideas for what is needed to meet some of the most important challenges in the world today. This report is about food and agriculture, it sees food as more than calories that fill people’s stomachs, and it sees agriculture as more than producing and harvesting food.
Wenews Article by Rebecca Harshbarger on the status of female farmers amidst the current global food crisis. The article tracks the evolution of involving female farmers in activities to combat food insecurity and hunger.
One of the highest development priorities in the world must be to improve smallholder agricultural productivity, especially in Africa. This is essential for reducing poverty and hunger.
This new report by ActionAid reveals that hunger could be costing poor nations $450 billion a year – more than ten times the amount of aid needed to halve hunger by 2015 in order to meet Millennium Development Goal One. ActionAid’s report scores donor and developing nations on their efforts to fight hunger and is released as world leaders prepare to meet next week at the UN in New York to discuss...
The following documents the process and results of a series of workshops conducted in 2005 to facilitate farmer organization input to the development of the CAADP process. While five years have passed since the workshops, the recent acceleration of the CAADP process, particularly in the ECOWAS countries, is bringing a renewed focus at the regional and global levels to CAADP.

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