f Women In Agricultural Development
University of Florida
P.O. Box 110260
Gainesville, Florida 32611
WIAD TRAINING COMMITTEE
The WIAD Training Committee has agreed to assist
Dr. Suzanna Smith and Dr. Anita Spring with their
courses HOE 5555 and ANT 6933, respectively.
We are working with them to design a gender
component that can be incorporated into these two
courses. If anyone is interested in participating as
a trainer, please contact Bea Covington at 392-2394
or 335-5636. No prior training experience is
necessary. The Training Committee will be
meeting again in early December.
AWID & FSRE MEETINGS REVIEWED
The first North American Symposium of the
Association for Farming Systems Research and
Extension was a great success. More than 130
people involved in research and farming came from
as far as Africa and Brazil. The gender analysis
workshop introduced participants to gender issues in
agriculture and basic methodologies to conduct
gender analyses. Many of the participants in the
Symposium went on to Washington, DC, for the
Sixth International Forum of the Association for
Women in Development (AWID).
At the AWID meetings, which approximately 1,000
people attended, there was an enthusiastic exchange
of information and ideas between grassroots women
leaders from all over the world. Dr. Helen Safa
participated in a panel and Dr. Anita Spring
facilitated a number of roundtable discussions. For
a report on the meetings, come to the seminar
which is being presented by Anne Todd Bockarie,
Bea Covington and Gretchen Greene (see
"Upcoming Speakers", right).
On Monday, 15 November at 3:00 in
219 Dauer, British historian Dr. Jean
Stubbs will speak on "Gender and the
Gender and Race in Caribbean History:
An Unchaperoned Discourse." Dr.
Stubbs, a professor at the University of
North London, has done work with
gender, race and development issues in
the Caribbean (e.g., women tobacco
workers in Cuba) for over twenty years.
The talk, one of the Rockefeller
Colloquium Series, is co-sponsored by
the Center for Latin American Studies
and Women's Studies.
Anne Todd-Bockarie, Bea Covington,
and Gretchen Greene will discuss the
Association for Women in Development
(AWID) meetings held last month in
Washington DC. Their talk is called
"Gender, Environment & Equity" and
will be held on Friday, 19 November at
12:15 in 1086 McCarty. Feel free, as
always, to bring your lunch to these
Dr. Suzanna Smith is being co-
sponsored with the Farmings Systems
Seminar Series to speak on Thursday, 2
December in 1151 McCarty at 12:50.
She will discuss the division of
household labor in Florida fishing
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SPRING COURSES OF WID INTEREST
The following courses have more than 20%
Women in Development (WID) content and count
towards the WID Graduate Certificate:
AEB 6651: "Agriculture's Role in Latin
American and Africa" (Christina Gladwin)-
"socioeconomic development and strategies at the
national, regional, and village level;
underdevelopment and cultural ecology."
AGG 5813: "Farming Systems Research and
Extension" (Peter Hildebrand)-"technology
generation and promotion with emphasis on small
farms," with field work; increased emphasis on
ANT 6933: "Development and Gender Issues"
(Anita Spring)-"analyzes the roles and
responsibilities of women and men and their
access to and control over resources, considered
in terms of development planning and project
design and implementation."
HOE 5555: "Women and Households in
Agricultural Development" (Suzanna Smith)-
focus is on "gender and agricultural and natural
OCTOBER SPEAKER SERIES
Dr. K. Rama Devi, who also attended the AWID
meetings, spoke on 26 October about the inclusion
of gender issues in the International Crops Research
Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).
Her talk was co-sponsored by WIAD, Farming
Systems, and the International Studies and Programs
CGIAR Colloquium. She said that gender issues,
such as gender awareness, are becoming more and
more important in the work of ICRISAT. The
Center is now using surveys and gender analysis to
plan and implement actions and/or research
regarding gender roles and how they change when
new technology is introduced.
MORE SPRING COURSES
These courses, may also be of interest and
also might count toward the WID certificate:
AEB 4164: "Economic analysis of small
farms" (Peter Hildebrand)-"decision making,
farming techniques and farmer's objectives on
farms in developing countries." Increased
emphasis on gender roles.
ANT 4930/6933: "Sustainable Development
and Quality of Life: From Village Yucatan to
Global Systems" (Mary Lindsay Elmendorf)-
-examines local issues (e.g., health care,
population, and the quality of life) "in a way
that links her ongoing research in rural
Mexico to worldwide policies of sustainable
LAS 6938: "Race and Caribbean Identity"
(Helen Safa)--to parallel Rockefeller
Colloquium Series, addresses questions of
race, gender and class intersecting to form
national identity in the Caribbean."
CONDUCTING RESEARCH IN DEVELOPING
COUNTRIES: SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE
Barbara Bellows, who graduated last year with a
Ph.D. in Soil and Water Science, has published an
article called "Practical Advice to Graduate Students
Conducting Research in a Developing Country."
Published in the Journal of Natural Resources and
Life Sciences Education 22 (2): 173-178 (Fall 1993),
the article "provides guidelines for recognizing and
avoiding potential problems associated with
conducting graduate work in a developing country."
Dr. Bellows, who writes from ample experience,
offers advice for both students and professors.
The next WIAD Business Meeting is scheduled for
Friday, December 3 at 11:00 in 1151 McCarty.
Business Meetings are open to all interested, so