This demand-driven program will allow USAID missions and partners to tailor activities that meet their specific needs and issues. These services range from developing delivery mechanisms to better reach women farmers and promote nutrition sensitive agriculture, to conducting training at all levels for extension staff to design and implement gender transformative activities, to assessing the potential of selected technologies on women’s time, labor and productivity. Full list of illustrative activities: http://www.meas-extension.org/home/associate-awards/ingenaes
Kathleen Earl Colverson, an associate director for UF/IFAS Global, is also an associate director for INGENAES. Since the project’s inception, Kathy has participated in multiple project activities, including a country assessment in Bangladesh, developing and presenting at the CGIAR International Gender Network meeting, and developing and facilitating innovative workshops that integrate gender and nutrition in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Ethiopia. She currently leads the efforts in Honduras for INGENAES as well as participates on the Project Management team. All publications and training materials produced by Colverson are found at the project’s website (http://ingenaes.illinois.edu/).
UF faculty and students are also engaged in the project through research, landscape studies and participating in trainings organized by the INGENAES team on campus and in focus countries. Recent Ph.D. research is occurring in Bangladesh related to aquaculture, nutrition and gender, and training materials developed by a doctoral student have been used in multiple countries. Another faculty member is exploring the links between aflatoxins and maternal and child health. Future work will focus on how to develop more innovative and practical ways to engage extension agents through training and research.
INGENAES kick-off work began in Bangladesh in January 2015 with an interdisciplinary team from the consortium, including UF faculty member and IFAS Global Associate Director, Kathleen Colverson. The team met with nearly 30 different stakeholder organizations that included NGOs, public and private sector organizations, government agencies, and research centers. Through these interviews, the team compiled a list of the issues and potential activities identified during the interviews and categorized them according to the four INGENAES Action Areas. Additional countries working with INGENAES include Zambia, Honduras, Uganda, Tajikistan and Nepal. The University of Florida is the lead member on work in Honduras, Tajikistan and Nepal, working closely with in-country partners, students and faculty. In addition to building organizational capacity in these countries, new and innovative training materials to engage men more actively in nutrition, and increase their awareness of gender issues, are in development. See the INGENAES website at http://ingenaes.illinois.edu/ for current updates on the project, training materials, videos and student and faculty reports.
INGENAES is funded by USAID. For more on USAID, visit https://www.usaid.gov/.