WIAD questionnaire

Group Title: Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) papers
Title: Memorandum from Pete Hildebrand to Car Barfield, Richard Bodmer, Susan Jacobson et al
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00085561/00003
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Title: Memorandum from Pete Hildebrand to Car Barfield, Richard Bodmer, Susan Jacobson et al RE: next WIAD Advisory Task Force meeting
Series Title: Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) papers
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: Women and Agricultural Development Program
Publisher: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication Date: November 30, 1994
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Volume ID: VID00003
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Women in Agricultural Development

November 30, 1994

Building 810, Room 12
PO Box 110260
Gainesville, FL 32611-0260
Tel: 904 392 3972
Fax: 904 392 3165

TO: Carl Barfield, Entomology
Richard Bodmer, TCD
Susan Jacobson, Wildlife
Helga Kraft, Women's Studies
Leslie Lieberman, Anthropology
Ellen Mayer, CGR, College of Law
Marianne Schmink, TCD
Sharleen Simpson, Nursing
Suzanna Smith, Home Economics
Anita Spring, Anthropology
Mickie Swisher, Home Economics
Catherine VerEecke, African Studies

FR: Pete Hildebrand and Sandra Russo, Co-coordinators, WIA

RE: Next WIAD Advisory Task Force meeting

We would like to remind you that our next WIAD Task Force meeting is scheduled for
Wednesday. December 7th at 4:00PM in McCarty 2175.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the feedback provided by the WIAD surveys, and to
continue our discussion of future development plans for the program. If you will be unable to
attend this meeting please advise our graduate assistant, Michael Kenney.

Enclosed please find a copy of a preliminary report compiled from the survey data. Over one
hundred surveys were sent out to UF faculty members on our mailing list. As of this date, we
have received forty-three responses.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

cc: Larry Connor
Steve Humphrey
Peter Hartmann

Women In Agricultural Development Questionnaire

As of 11/30 we received 43 total responses.

1. How long have you known about The WIAD Program at the University of Florida?

14 blank;
27 responses ranging from 1 month to 10 years.

Please circle the appropriate response to the following questions:

2. How do you characterize your participation in WIAD?

very active

somewhat active


Total number of value scale responses= 41
Average response value= 1.85

"I am conduit for information from WIAD to appropriate graduate students in Botany."

3. Have you been able to attend the bi-weekly WIAD seminar series?

very regularly

somewhat regularly



Total number of value scale responses= 42
Average response value= 1.78

"Timing at noon very difficult, could we try 4-4:30.";
"Not this year.";
"It would be useful to have seminars later in afternoon as well as noon/alternate to see
if attendance varies. Also, would be nice to co-sponsor more programs. The fall African Studies
program, for example, might co-list certain Barazas. If you rate one African Studies program
(Baraza) deals with women's issues. Would get more visibility for the program and the
bibliographies if this perspective could be encouraged (through other programs). You also need
to encourage stories about publications by line & affiliate faculty through newsletter stories that
could be "planted" in newsletters of African Studies, Latin American Studies, Entomology,

not active

4. Do you utilize the WIAD resource materials and/or bibliographies?



YES-in the past


"Culture & Nutrition course.";
"Director Russo helped enormously when I needed references. My fault. If student would
help us, would use more often."

5. Have you incorporated more gender analysis into your course work as a result of WIAD?









"Maybe as a result of my women in Africa course where females are the
"No. I teach an orientation course-Dept. chair.";
"A little."
With a no response writes: "I have always done it."

6. Do you have students who are interested in gender analysis/women in development issues?






"Some very much."

a. If so, how has this affected you?

24 blank responses

13 Positive responses:

WIAD materials helpful to students and professors.
More awareness of WID and Gender Analysis.
More WID content in courses.
Support for students interested in gender analysis.
"Gender analysis is an important part of my courses."
"I support their interest. Is important.";

? .NA

1 2

5 Negative responses:

"Hasn't yet.";
"No students."

Please respond briefly to the following questions:

7. Should Women in Agricultural Development change its name? If so, what should the new
name be?

7 blank;
12 No/WIAD okay;
4 No comment/opinion;
1 question mark;
2 No idea/don't know;
5 WID;
Other alternatives: Agricultural and Rural Development; Gender and Agricultural
Development; Women in Sustainable Development; Women in Agricultural Development and
Natural Resources; Gender and Agriculture; Gender, Agriculture, and Resources; Gender in
Agricultural Development.

8. Should WIAD change the content of its programming? If so, what topics or activities do you

12 blank;
11 No;
2 question mark;
2 no idea/don't know;
2 no comment/no suggestion;

Positive responses:

"More ecologically oriented.";
"More broad than just farming systems.";
"Already topics of seminars are very comprehensive. Perhaps more about women/men
in urban development--development in general irrespective of economic sector.";
"More male/female partnership in ag.";
"Plan another international workshop. Respond to RFPs.";
"Yes, more direction to assist our future leaders-i.e. grad students.";
"No. It seems to meet students' needs. I do not think WIAD should respond to the
Dean's request for a faculty seminar."

Negative response:

"Yes, it should be eliminated."

9. How has the WIAD program made an impact on your work?

14 blank;
7 no/has not/none;

Various responses:

"Made me aware of gender analysis and its importance in research.";
"Increased sensitivity- 2 edged sword.";
"Not direct- but provides valuable opportunity for our students and faculty.";
"Did some summer workshops on gender issues- more knowledgeable.";
"Kept me in touch with latest thinking.";
"Awareness of College of Ag. faculty.";
"Through grad students. Especially like grad student funding.";
"It is a comfort to know such a group of dedicated men and women exist.";
"Pervasive in a broad sense yet I'm a low direct participant- I believe in the need for
gender awareness, analysis, etc.";
"Brought me into more contact with faculty & students (esp. from IFAS) w/forum to
exchange ideas, etc.";

Please circle the appropriate response:

10. How would you rate the value of The WIAD Program to your own research/interests?

5 4 3 2 1
very valuable somewhat valuable not valuable

3 7 10 7 12

Total number of value scale responses= 39
Average response value= 2.53

2 blank responses

11. How would you rate the value of The WIAD Program to your courses?

5 4 3 2 1
very valuable somewhat valuable not valuable

2 5 8 5 11

Total number of value scale responses= 31
Average response value= 2.42
3 blank;
6 NA

12. How would you rate the value of The WIAD Program to your students?

5 4 3 2 1
very valuable somewhat valuable not valuable

6 6 8 4 8

Total number of value scale responses= 32
Average response value= 2.94
3 blank;

13. Do you wish the WIAD program to continue? If so, in what direction do you think WIAD
should go in the future? In what capacity would WIAD be most useful to you?

7 blank;
7 yes(only);
2 no(only);
1 question mark;

19 Yes responses with comments:

"Yes. Seminars worthwhile- scheduling always a problem- I can never attend because of
other commitments. Plus I don't like "brown bags"- people munching potato chips during a
seminar. Have a real seminar or two.";
"I am not sure, it could depend on funding- external & internal and sponsorship- IFAS,
new environmental college, Center for Women's Studies & Gender Res., International Programs,
"Even though I'm not active in it- I probably would like to see it continue. Many
important activities go on that I'm not active in.";
"Only if we combine female and male. Look at the joint jobs. Seems to me excluding
male (note: gives the female symbol here. Assumed to be a mistake-ed.) in the past was stupid.
WIAD can fall into the same trap- if it hasn't already.";
"Yes- I believe it has merit for students and faculty involved in gender issues and/or
developing countries.";
"Definitely Continue: (A) Important to continue to work with faculty and train and expose
them to gender analysis and its effect on research. (B) Important to continue speakers to expose
us to new ideas, research, etc.";
"The agriculture dimension, of course, is significant esp. in developing countries.
However, WIAD has begun to take a broader perspective. I would like to see this continue--i.e.
women in development inclusive of all economic sectors and places.";
"Yes- continue broad base of subject matter areas."; "Yes, I think that some of our
students have found it very helpful & interesting. As a resource for information."; "Not able to
"Continue emphasis on on-campus training of faculty, students, and professionals- expand
into new College of Natural Resources and the Environment. Stonger links with gender studies
"I believe we need a program which focuses on gender (If focusing on gender at the
University levels improves educational opportunity at lower levels, then we should continue.).
Even more important would be a greater emphasis on equal opportunity of education, especially

in the Third World, in primary, secondary, and prep schools.";
"Yes, assistance to bring in fine grad students-this would involve more faculty.";
"Yes. Needs more dynamic leadership. Continue training. Respond to RFPs.";
"Yes continue. Continue to integrate gender into overall programs.";
"WIAD most definitely should continue. My minimal participation is simply a factor of
my demanding schedule as a clinician at the veterinary college. It would be advantageous to have
more contact-interaction between WIAD and the veterinary college. Many veterinary students
are interested in international development and gender related issues.";
"Add in tradeoffs between agriculture and natural resources. Women in gathering from
natural areas--a big interest in our researchers in "conservation" areas of Latin America.";
"I wish it could continue, but perhaps should go into new Center for Women's Studies
& semi-autonomous entity (like TCD within Center for Latin American Studies). We should
have argued for a WID person on Director's search committee & should feed them resources.
Helga Kraft has withdrawn her candidacy.";
"Yes. More information on materials and bibliographies. Regular e-mail contact.";
"Yes, as previously directed as well as looking for new collaborations and new
"Yes. I think WIAD does a good job the way it is. The leadership is excellent. There are
good learning opportunities for students. There is a certificate program in place. The speaker
series attracts interest. There are parties to get to know people. A broad group of faculty have
never been really interested, so it seems best to concentrate on those who are interested and on
the things WIAD does well, the above.

4 No responses with comments:

"I don't find any relevance to my program. May be of interest to some sociologists,
economists, anthropologists, etc. We can't be expected to keep up with all specialties and
subspecialties of Agricultural research & extension.";
"Men coordinators can't run women's groups by definition. If you want another men's
group in IFAS, you've got one. Fine, but the aims of the original WIAD program have been
destroyed. See comment below.";
"Circulars are passed out for posting. If any of our graduate students have been involved
with WIAD it is not obvious. None have included activity in their CV's.";
"No. There should be no programs of women in agriculture. We should be interested in
improving yields and quality of commodities not whether the work is done by men or women,
black or white, straight or gay. We should be trying to get a higher yield of corn and not
concerned which sex was involved with the most work.";

14. Other comments/suggestions (feel free to attach):

33 blank;
1 question mark;
"Important program-not heavily accessible to those outside of the "club"-but worth
"Someone needs to be paid for this work! It is very valuable.";
"It may be more helpful if it could emphasize the intellectual aspects more than it does
"WIAD lost the original faculty women's group when it first, got a director no-one in
the group wanted and later got a male coordinator. The ability of women faculty to run the
group or have any empowerment was utterly and completely destroyed. Too bad!";
"Let's keep it going- and do some brainstorming as to best direction, most useful

capacity, etc.";
"Recognize input from a variety of people and eliminate "snacks" in group.";
"Sorry to seem negative. We could be more interactive & WIAD helpful to us if it
included Nat. Resources/Conservation (J. Davidson's new title).";
"My inactive status is not due to lack of interest, but simply is a function of my change
in program focus."

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