Memorandum from Linda LaForest to WIAD members

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Memorandum from Linda LaForest to WIAD members minutes from October 4th meeting
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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's studies ( fast )
Women in Agricultural Development Project in Malawi ( fast )
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North America -- United States -- Florida -- Gainesville


This 2-page memorandum is to the WAID members from Linda LaForest and is titled the Minuted from October 4th meeting. The memorandum includes the Introduction, Committee Reports, and the summary for the next meeting.
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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October 8, 1991

To: WIAD members
From: Linda LaForest
Re: Minutes from October 4th meeting

The following are the minutes of the October 4, 1991 meeting as recorded by the WIAD graduate assistant. Comments or clarifications should be directed to Linda LaForest, FRE, 2120 McCarty Hall.

I. Introduction
Anne Moseley, this meeting's facilitator, opened by asking attendees to introduce themselves. This was followed by a report by Sandra Russo, WIAD co-coordinator. She began by thanking various people for their support of the WIAD program; Dean Lockhart for the WIAD assistantship, Dean Connor for providing an administrative home for WIAD, Uma Lele for her attempts to develop university-wide academic programs geared toward women, Larry Libby (FRE chair) for offering support through Peter Hildebrand's office, and Hildebrand for secretarial and facilitative support. Russo then presented a brief history of WIAD and read WIAD's statement of purpose as set forth in 1983. Since this summer, WIAD has acquired funding for and hired a graduate assistant, submitted a university catalog statement on WIAD, sent out its first newsletter, established a speaker series for the fall, updated its mailing list, and formed committees to address various programs.

II. Committee Reports
-Research/Linkage: The group has met and discussed the need to look at research being done now and how it can be applied to extension. They have decided to shift their focus to combining efforts with the training committee. Members are: Elizabeth Bolton (reporting), Della McMillan, Helen Safa and Uma Lele.
-Training: The brochures on the two courses discussed last meeting have been postponed. They are concentrating on turning inward to begin to offer gender-related courses. Being discussed is the idea of a series of training seminars beginning in January but there is still a need to target the audience and resource people. The hope is to use the training skills developed from these seminars to generate ITD short courses to be offered starting in the summer. The committee is next meeting Friday, October 25 at 3:00 pm in the ITD office, building 810, room 11. Members are: Lisette Walecka (reporting), Elizabeth Bolton, Sandra Russo, Pam Pozarny, Kathy Gladden, and Bea Covington.
-speakers: Series is as announced in newsletter. Members are: Anne Moseley (reporting), Sandra Russo, and Connie Shehan.
-Outreach: The group as a whole has not met yet, but are in contact with women in other areas of the university in the effort to get all women on campus represented in some way. Although there is still a long way to go, the hope is the eventual

establishment of a women's center at UF. Members are: Helga Kraft (reporting), Christy Gladwin, and Ivonne Audirac.
-Women and International Studies: This is a group being established by Uma Lele but includes several members of WIAD. It is exploring ways to do the same sort of things that the outreach committee wishes to do. WIAD members of this group: Helga Kraft (reporting), Sandra Russo, Anita Spring, Helen Safa, and Uma Lele.

III. Vote on Leadership
Anne Moseley gave background on the circumstances surrounding the selection of Sandra Russo and Peter Hildebrand at the July 31st meeting. Due to concerns raised at the September meeting, the group needed to vote again. The choices were: to elect different co-coordinators, to elect one coordinator, or to keep as cocoordinators Russo and Hildebrand. Moseley then went around the table and asked people to state whether they were available as either coordinator, co-coordinator, or in a supportive role. Hildebrand stated that he was available as a co-coordinator only, and that his office would continue to offer its support regardless of his position in the group. Russo stated that she was available as either sole or co-coordinator. Gladwin and Audirac volunteered to play supportive roles. No others were available for any of these positions. LaForest moved that the group vote on either Russo as sole coordinator or Russo and Hildebrand as co-coordinators. Suzanna Smith seconded the motion. The results of the voting were as follows: Russo as sole coordinator - 2, Russo and Hildebrand - 9. There were 7 abstentions. The final list of those listed as playing supportive roles is: Smith, McDade, Saf a, McMillan, Moseley, Gladwin, Audirac.

IV. Closing
Dean Connor told the group that he had volunteered to be WIAD's administrative liaison, not drafted. Ken Buhr proposed that WIAD become a user on an electronic mail information network. The meeting was then adjourned at 12:00.

November 1, 1991 at 11:00 in 1151 McCarty.

WIAD has a van to take conference attendees to Miami. We will be leaving late Nov 7 (Thurs) or early Nov 8 (Fri). Please contact Linda LaForest if you are interested in traveling down to Miami, even if you are not interested in going in the van. If there is not enough demand for the van, I will try to coordinate carpools. My number is 392-1870 or 372-9781 after 6:00.

EIGHT ANNUAL WORLD FOOD DAY TELECONFERENCE; Wednesday, October 16, 1991. 12:00 - 3:00 in the Reitz Union Auditorium. Entitled "The Hunger Puzzle: Putting the International Pieces Together".

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