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New International Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security (Agri-Gender)

LogoA new journal, the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and food Security (Agri-Gender) has been launched with the aim of providing a platform for researchers and practitioners to share information on research work on gender, agriculture and food security. The aim of Agri-Gender is to promote interdisciplinary research related to gender and the agricultural and food sciences.

It is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed journal that will publish in the fields of agriculture including livestock, fisheries, crop sciences, agriculture economics, rural development, food security and nutrition as they relate to gender. The journal will also publish papers on issues of women’s empowerment, feminist and gender studies. It seeks to promote debate, identify best practices and new ideas and make the links between theoretical and practical gender and agriculture work. It will combine rigorous research with insights from development initiatives across the world that have implications for policy and practice in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in the agriculture and food related sectors.  The editors of the journal are drawn from research and academia across the globe.

The Journal is currently accepting papers for the August 2014 issue. More information on the journal requirements can be found at www.agrigender.net.  Follow  us on the Agri-Gender blog (www.agrigenderjournal.wordpress.com),  Facebook (www.facebook.com/agrigender.journal) and twitter (@AgriGender).

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Women. Livestock ownership and markets: Bridging the gender gap in eastern and southern Africa

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By Peter Ballantyne

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Authored by Jemimah Njuki and Pascal Sanginga, this book provides empirical evidence from Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique and from different production systems of the importance of livestock as an asset to women and their participation in livestock and livestock product markets. It explores the issues of intra-household income management and economic benefits of livestock markets to women, focusing on how types of markets, the types of products and women’s participation in markets influence their access to livestock income.
The book further analyses the role of livestock ownership, especially women’s ownership of livestock, in influencing household food security though increasing household dietary diversity and food adequacy. Additional issues addressed include access to resources, information and financial services to enable women more effectively to participate in livestock production and marketing, and some of the factors that influence this access.

Practical strategies for increasing women’s market participation and access to information and services are discussed. The book ends with recommendations on how to mainstream gender in livestock research and development if livestock are to serve as a pathway out of poverty for the poor and especially for women.

Download the book from  http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Resources/Publications/Pages/IDRCBookDetails.aspx?PublicationID=1258 or order it from http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415639286/

A reflection on gender and agriculture-IWD 2014

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On sturday, the 8th of March, the world will celebrate International Women’s Day. This years theme is “Equality for women is progress for all”. While the world has made a lot of progress in closing gender gaps and empowering women, a lot still needs to happen. This years theme reminds us that gender equality has benefits for whole households, communities, and countries.

Reflecting on where we are on agriculture, I revisited the TEDx Washing Circle: Igniting Change where Ruth Meinzen-Dick and Agnes Quisumbing of the International Food Policy Insitute and I talked about progress and approaches that work in empowering women in agriculture. Watch and be inspired!

At the TEDx on Women in Agriculture -Washingto DC