Proposal for support (with comments)

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Proposal for support (with comments) Gender, Environment, and Agriculture Program (GEAP)
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Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) papers
Women and Agricultural Development Program
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
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Spring, Anita ( lcsh )
women in agricultural development ( fast )
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North America -- United States -- Florida -- Gainesville


This 3-page document is the First draft for Comments for the Gender, Environment, and Agriculture Program (GEAP). The draft includes the Background and the Task Force Recommendations for WIAD.
Dr. Anita Spring has devoted her life to research in topics such as international agricultural development; food security; entrepreneurship and African business; women/gender in international development; environment and resource management since the 1970s. She has conducted research and produced many publications at several prestigious universities including Cornell University, San Francisco State University, and recently the University of Florida. She is currently a professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology, and director of the Sub-Saharan Africa Business Environment Report (SABER) Project at the University of Florida.

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Gender, Environment, and Agriculture Program (GEAP) Proposal for support
April, 1995

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. Twentyeight faculty members from a dozen different UF academic units currently are active WIAD associates.

During the academic year 1994-1995, WIAD Co-Dire-ti-r- 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 IFAS.

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 Smnith, 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 newlycreated 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 WFAS, to take advantage of existing office space, computer equipment, access to telephones, etc.

Modest UF funds for GEAP are required to support one graduate assistantship and part-time secretarial support. _fCL

Women In Agricultural Devebpment 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
Average=3.1 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 faulty 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 hi-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
FACULTY response:
"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 WIA]) 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, WIAI) 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 WIA]) doesn't bring them, who will? If WVIAD doesn't sponsor seminars focusing on gender-related aspects in development (especially agriculture), who will?"