Title: WIAD newsletter
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00085997/00006
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Title: WIAD newsletter
Series Title: WIAD newsletter
Physical Description: Archival
Creator: Women in Agricultural Development
Publisher: Board of Trustees, University of Florida
Publication Date: October 1993
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Bibliographic ID: UF00085997
Volume ID: VID00006
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Women In Agricultural Development
University of Florida
P.O. Box 110260
Gainesville, Florida 32611
October 1993

Dear WIAD Members,

This is the first newsletter from the
WIAD office for the new academic year.
Our new Graduate Assistants for this year
are Charlene Brewster and Allan Wood.
Charlene is beginning her Ph.D. in Food
and Resource Economics and Allan is
starting his Master's program in Latin
American Studies. The new office hours for
Fall 1993 are 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Monday
through Thursday and 9:00 AM to 11:00
AM on Friday. The office phone number is
392-3972, and we have an answering
machine to take calls when we are not in.
The office is located in Room 6 of Building
810, between McCarty and Newins-Ziegler
We have decided to return to the
previous practice of publishing a monthly
newsletter, with a summary newsletter once
each semester. We would like your
participation in our newsletter, so please
send us information you think may be of
interest to our members. This information
can include news about job opportunities,
new research projects, events and any other
news of interest.


The University of Florida is now
offering the Certificate in Women in
Development. This is a program designed
for graduate students from all disciplines
who wish to focus on issues related to
women in development. Masters or
Doctorate students who have completed 12
credit hours in approved courses may
receive the WID Certificate. Brochures
containing details of the Certificate Program
and an application for the Certificate are
available at the WIAD office. Interested
graduate students are encouraged to come to
the office for further information.


The Association for Women in
Development (AWID) will be holding its
Sixth International Forum at the Omni
Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.,
October 20-24, 1993. The forum's theme is
"Joining Forces to Further Shared
Visions" and emphasizes that "we are
committed to continuing to forge an identity
that respects, supports and shares alternative
perspectives on problems and solutions for
women in development".

WIAD Newsletter October, 1993.......................................................... Page 2

The WIAD Program will be taking a
van to the meetings, and will be providing
free transportation for students who would
like to attend. We will keep interested
students abreast of further details as they
become available. Please let us know
immediately if you are interested.


The WIAD speaker series continues
this fall, with talks set for 12:00 noon on
Friday in McCarty 1151 unless otherwise
indicated. You can bring your lunch; we
prefer informal talks, which inspire
discussion. If you have suggestions for
speakers who are involved in WIAD issues,
please let us know -- we would like to hear
the contributions of UF faculty and students
as well as individuals not necessarily at the
University of Florida. We do have a very
limited budget which may allow for the
participation of external speakers.

Our first speaker of the semester was
Donna Rieper, who spoke on 16 September
about "Gender Issues in Agroforestry:
Women and Men Look at Trees
Differently." Donna, a M.S. student in
Agricultural Education and Communication,
pointed out that women and men have
different access to, control over, and
responsibility for land and the trees on
them. Myths about gender roles hinder the
implementation and success of agroforestry
development projects.

On 1 October, Professor of
Anthropology Anita Spring presented a talk
on "Guidelines for Evaluating the Inclusion
of Women and Gender Issues in
Development Projects." Dr. Spring spoke
on the use of numeric scales to evaluate how
development projects involve women as
participants and beneficiaries in their
implementation as well as their objectives.


When the WIAD bibliography on
women in agricultural development was
begun, there was a lack of information on
the literature being written in this field.
Currently, however, a great quantity of
work is being published, far more than we
can reasonably be expected to keep up with
and still provide a balanced work of suitable
scope. Furthermore, other inventories of
this literature (e.g., professional
bibliographies, index and abstract databases
on CD-ROM) are becoming ever more
accessible. Given this situation, we have
decided that efforts to update the WIAD
bibliography on women in agricultural
development would be more beneficial if
they focused on more specialized material.
In particular, we shall concentrate on
cataloguing videos about women in
development, training materials for research
involving gender analysis, and unpublished
literature by UF faculty and students.
(However, we do presently have available a
significant collection of up-to-date
bibliographic material about WID in
general.) Additionally, we shall focus on
providing this service to people at the
University of Florida.
Compiling an inventory of
unpublished literature will require the help
of faculty and students. We are asking you
to let us know what you have available, so
we can add this information to our
bibliography and allow others access to
these resources. If you are interested in
providing us with information on
unpublished literature (or videos or training
materials), or if you would like to discover
and use what we do have, please don't
hesitate to drop by the office or give us a

WIAD Newsletter October, 1993.................................................. ........ Page 3

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The North American chapter of the
Association of Farming Systems Research
and Extension will be holding its first
Symposium at the University of Florida,
from October 12-16, 1993. The objective of
the symposium is to "bring together people
working in farm, rural and natural resource
sectors with those using FSRE methods to
share experiences ... and work toward an
effective networking arrangement". In
addition to the panel discussions and plenary
sessions from October 13-15, there will also
be two days of workshop sessions. WIAD
members should note that a Workshop
devoted to gender analysis will be offered
on October 12. Please register early to
ensure your participation in this workshop
session. Attendance at the Symposium is
free for graduate students at the University
of Florida. The reception, dance and
barbecue, however, require tickets, except
for those graduate students who are working
volunteers at the symposium. See Terry
Kelly (392-6587) if you would like to
volunteer. The program promises to be
very informative for all those interested in
this field. For further details of these
meetings, contact Dr. Peter Hildebrand or
Terry Kelly at 2126 McCarty Hall (Tel.


The WIAD program has acquired a
glass display case outside Dr. Peter
Hildebrand's office (2126 McCarty). We
hope that events sponsored by WIAD and
related programs will receive increased
interest through the visibility offered by this
display. WIAD members who would like to
display material or advertise events through
this medium are encouraged to contact the
WIAD office for further details.


The Ford Foundation has announced
a vacancy for a Program Officer or
Assistant Officer. The incumbent will be
expected to take up duties in Dakar,
Senegal. Duties will include identifying
priority program areas, formulating
appropriate strategies and monitoring grants
aimed at building a base of information on
women's roles within the contexts of culture
and religion in Francophone West Africa;
raising public awareness of women's
contributions to the development process;
and strengthening women's groups and
organizations as a way of empowering
women to improve their social and economic
status. In addition to strong analytical,
conceptual and writing skills, the incumbent
is expected to possess advanced training in
the social sciences. Furthermore, the
individual must be able to work effectively
with grass roots communities as well as
university-based researchers. Prior work
experience in programs to improve the status
of women and fluency in French are also
required. Further details of this position are
available from the WIAD office or 2126
McCarty Hall.


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