Women in Agricultural Development
Dear WIAD Member,
As you are aware, the WIAD Program supplies a number of services to the University of Florida. One
of these services is the provision of research publications (books, articles, etc.) about women in agricultural
development, which are housed in the WIAD office. Although we currently have a substantial amount of
information, we must continually update our collection to adequately serve your needs.
We realize that much valuable information is never published and therefore remains inaccessible to
people who could benefit from that knowledge. Therefore, we are especially interested in receiving from our
members unpublished literature (e.g., staff working papers, mission papers, consultancy reports) which will
make our office a center of information not generally available in libraries. The WIAD Graduate Assistants
are available and willing to help you search your personal libraries in this regard!
Although our current budget is limited, we hope in the future to have funds to purchase books, journal
subscriptions, etc., relevant to our members' interests. When this happens, we will call upon you to let us
know of your specific preferences. In the interim however, if faculty or students would like to donate books,
journal issues, or papers (or copies of papers), we would be very appreciative. In addition, donations for
purchases would be very welcome.
Most importantly, the resources we have will be of little service unless you use them! We are inviting
you to come visit our office or give us a call (392-3972). We are located in Building 810, between McCarty
and Newins-Ziegler) and our new office hours for the spring semester are Monday Friday 9-11 a.m. Tell your
colleagues about us, so that they too can benefit, suggest improvements, and help WIAD serve you.
WIAD BUSINESS MEETING--FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER 1993, 11:00 AM
ATTENDING: Charlene Brewster Suzanna Smith
Bea Covington Anita Spring
Peter Hildebrand Anne Todd-Bockarie
Sandra Russo Allan Wood
It was noted that Helga Kraft had not been able to attend Business Meetings because
she was teaching at the times they were held.
Continued funding for the WIAD Assistantships from the Graduate School is
uncertain. Charlene Brewster is collecting financial data, dating from WIAD's inception to
the present, as part of a statement to the Graduate School outlining the substantive and
financial benefits of WIAD to the University of Florida.
In a recent pre-proposal for the Women's Center, written by Women's Studies, it
appeared that both WIAD and Women's Studies would fall under the auspices of the
Women's Center. Given this situation, WIAD needs to stress its existence as an autonomous
organization with different fields of interest, research methodologies, sources of support,
membership, and benefits provided to UF.
Members agreed that WIAD will need to seek support from alternative sources in
order to supplement the funding of the assistantships. Among the ideas mentioned were T-
shirt sales, contributions from faculty, support from external funding agencies/foundations
(e.g., Rockefeller, Ford). It was noted that IFAS currently funds extensions of the graduate
assistantships for Summer A session, office and secretarial expenses, and travel for WIAD
speakers. The entire WIAD budget ranges between $20,000 and $30,000, depending in large
part on the amount allocated for assistantships. This amount is set according to the allotment
for assistantships of the departments in which the assistants study.
It was noted that many outside foundations, such as the Rockefeller Foundation, only
provide support for start-up programs. It was suggested that WIAD could apply for such
funding for starting new training activities. Agreement was reached that the matter would be
Sandra Russo recently spoke with Barbara Thomas-Slayter of Clark University, where
a semester-long WID course involving international participants in field trips and research
activities is conducted. It was suggested that this sort of program could be set up through
ITD to bring in funds. Clark University runs its program in the Fall semester, therefore it
was noted that any similar activity on the part of WIAD should take place in Spring to avoid
competition. Peter Hildebrand suggested that a special short course may not be necessary;
existing courses can be modified so as to attract international students.
II Speaker Series for Spring, and Other Activities
Caroline Moser has tentatively been scheduled to speak on 18 March, on her return
trip from Nicaragua. Other possible speakers include Dianne Rocheleau, Elsa Chaney (who
will be at the Women's Studies Conference on aging), Tim Frankenberger from University of
Arizona, Priya Shyamsundra (Center for Resource and Environmental Policy Research, Duke
University), Camilla Harshbarger (University of Florida), Della McMillan (back from
Burkina Faso), Karen Kainer (recently returned from research with rubber tappers), and Ana
Mesa (working with women's co-operatives in Costa Rica).
II Other Spring Activities
The idea of arranging a special activity with Iris Books was discussed as a fund
raiser/public relations activity. Among the possibilities mentioned were a speaker, a tea, a
musical performance, a book sale, or any combination of these activities. With respect to
the sale, it was suggested that Iris Books could have on hand sample books for sale, and/or
they could take special orders (which would allow bulk orders). Iris Books could also be
encouraged to set up a section on women in development; WIAD could suggest book titles
for them. WIAD could also provide catalogs (or titles of catalogs) from book companies
such as Sage, Zed, Kumarian, Lynne Rienner, etc. It was suggested that these companies
may be willing to donate some proceeds of sales to WIAD if approached. In addition, it
was noted that WIAD could ask Iris Books to donate a portion of sales proceeds to WIAD.
The idea of scheduling an activity with Iris Books was expanded to include other stores in
that area, such as the Artisans Guild and Our Place Cafe. WIAD could do extensive
advertising, including ads in the Gainesville Sun and the Alligator.
Another idea proposed was a panel debate on gender studies vs. women's studies.
I Applications for WIAD Assistantships for 1994-1995
The WIAD Graduate Assistants will prepare announcements for the 1994-1995 WIAD
Assistantsips. Applications will be due on 15 February for the 1994-1995 academic year.
IV WIAD Training Group
The name of the Training Group has been changed from GUPMET to GAT:ORS
(Gender Analysis Training: Optimizing Resources Sustainably). This group arose out of the
training efforts of WIAD, ITD, and the Tropical Conservation & Development Program
(TCD). They are submitting a project proposal to Doseri, WIAD, ITD, and TCD. The
'program is expanding with cooperation between GAT:ORS, GENESYS and Clark
During the Spring Semester, the WIAD Training Group will be assisting in the classes
taught by Suzanna Smith (HOE 5555) and Anita Spring (ANT 6933). It was noted that the
current pool of trainers is overextended and therefore more trainers are needed. In January,
a course for the training of trainers will be offered to interested graduate students and
faculty, with the proviso that each trainer so taught will in turn train others in one of these
two classes. Candidates for new trainers include Lynne Schreiber, Donna Rieper, Jose
Garcia, Jennifer Scheffee, Charlene Brewster, Allan Wood, Connie Campbell, Todd
Johnson, Paul Duncan, Elena Bastidas.
There was no other business for discussion, and the meeting was adjourned.