Gender, Environment, and Agriculture Program (GEAP)
Proposal for support
First draft for comments
The Women in Agricultural Development Program (WIAD) was founded at the University of
Florida in 1984, with a focus specifically on women's and men's roles in agricultural
production. Since then the program has sponsored activities on the UF campus, including:
1) a bi-weekly seminar series; 2) compilation and maintenance of a bibliography of some
3,000 titles on gender, agriculture, and natural resources; 3) co-sponsorship of five
international workshops and conferences on the UF campus since 1986; 4) publication of a
quarterly newsletter, and stimulation of research publications by UF faculty; 5) systematic
training in gender analysis for UF faculty and students; and 6) a graduate certificate in
Women and Development. These activities are detailed in attached documents.
The activities supported by WIAD have involved faculty and students from a wide range of
UF departments and units. Support for this interdisciplinary program has been provided by
the Centers for Latin American and African Studies, the Graduate School, and IFAS.
Currently there are 160 faculty members and 75 students on the WIAD mailing list. Twenty-
eight faculty members from a dozen different UF academic units currently are active WIAD
During the academic year 1994-1995, WIAD Co-Dirors Sandra Russo and Peter
Hildebrand convened a faculty Task Force to provide recommendations for the future of
WIAD. WIAD also conducted a survey of faculty and student opinions about the value of
WIAD and perspectives on its future. The work of the Task Force focused on whether
WIAD should continue as a program, and if so, what directions it should take and what
support would be required.
2. Task Force Recommendations for WIAD
Based on the faculty and student surveys, and members' direct experience in WIAD and
related activities at UF, the Task Force concluded that WIAD was an important program
supporting faculty and graduate student training and research at UF. Faculty and students
who responded to the surveys valued the WIAD program's contribution to their research and
course work. The program's uniquely interdisciplinary focus has provided an important
bridge between IFAS and other academic units, which has strengthened the integration of
social and biological sciences on the campus.
Through its speaker series, newsletter, bibliographic collection, and on-campus training
programs, WIAD provides an important source of support for attention to gender in UF's
academic programs that focus on agriculture. With the establishment of the new College of
Natural Resources and the Environment (CNRE), there is an opportunity to expand the reach
of WIAD's support to the environmental sciences. Broadening WIAD's scope from
development to conservation and environmental management will strengthen the social
science foundation of training and research programs in the new program, and help stimulate
consideration of natural management issues in agricultural research and training programs of
This extension into environmental concerns has already begun through the MERGE project
(Managing the Environment and Resources with Gender Emphasis), based in the Tropical
Conservation and Development (TCD) program. MERGE is a field-oriented project financed
by the MacArthur Foundation and USAID (grants totalling $450,000) for work in Ecuador,
Peru and Brazil (see attached documents). Other WIAD faculty members such as Sandra
Russo, Anita Spring, Susanna Smith, and Dorota Hamann are actively involved in research
and technical assistance related to gender and environmental issues. UF is well-placed to
become established as one of only a few academic institutions with strong expertise in these
cross-cutting and pioneering fields.
The Task Force recommends that the WIAD program mandate be expanded, and the name be
changed to Gender, Environment and Agriculture Program (GEAP). The GEAP program
would provide support for gender and social science integration in research and teaching in
IFAS and the CNRE. GEAP could provide a valuable outreach function within the newly-
created Center for Women's Studies and Gender'Research, where eventually the program
might be housed (once the Center has facilities). In the interim, GEAP should continue to be
housed in IFAS, to take advantage of existing office space, computer equipment, access to
Modest UF funds for GEAP are required to support one graduate assistantship and part-time
secretarial support. ._ ..
Women In Agricultural Development Questionnaires
SUMMARY OF STUDENT AND FACULTY RESPONSES
For student questionnaire we received 25% response rate (n= 19 received out of 75 sent).
For faculty questionnaire we received 27% response rate (n=47 received out of 160 sent).
1. How long have you been a student at the University of Florida?
18 student responses ranging from 0.5 yrs to 9 yrs
2. Student composition
52.6% of student respondents are Ph.D students
42.1% of student respondents are Masters students
3. How were you introduced to WIAD?
41.6% of students reported faculty member as introduction source.
33.3% of students reported flyer as introduction source.
4. How do you characterize your participation in WIAD? Measured on 5 (high) to 1 (low) value scale.
Average student response value=2.5
Average faculty response value= 1.82
5. Have you been able to attend the bi-weekly WIAD seminar series? On 5 to 1 scale.
Average student response value=2.47
Average in faculty response value= 1.76
6. Are you aware of the WID certificate program?
73.6% of students are aware of WID certificate
36.8% of students plan on obtaining it
7. Does your advisor or other faculty in your department have any interests in WIAD?
45.4% of students have WIAD affiliated faculty advisor within department
36.8% of students have WIAD affiliated faculty advisor outside department
8. Should Women in Agricultural Development change its name?
21% of students report Yes
25% of faculty report Yes
9. How would you rate the value of The WIAD Program to your own research?
Average student response value=3.88
Average faculty response value=2.49
10. How would you rate the value of The WIAD Program to your studies/courses?
Average student response value=3.61
Average faculty response value=2.38
11. Do you wish the WIAD program to continue?
89.4% of students responded positively
61% of faculty responded positively
"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."
2 STUDENT responses:
"There are very few schools w/ a separate WIAD program so I feel The WIAD Program should continue
and increase campus awareness of its existence."
"Yes. WIAD should continue to address women's (/gender) interests in agriculture-perhaps it could also
address them in natural resources/environment, especially using new techniques developed in NRM by applying
them back to agriculture. Within this scope, WIAD should go where it would best serve clientele (students, faculty).
WIAD would be most useful by continuing to make available the material in its library, perhaps updating it; also
by continuing to bring in resource people to help provide information in this field-if WIAD doesn't bring them,
who will? If WIAD doesn't sponsor seminars focusing on gender-related aspects in development (especially
agriculture), who will?"