Memorandum from Linda LaForest to WIAD members

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Memorandum from Linda LaForest to WIAD members minutes of February 7th 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 4-page document is the meeting minutes to WAID members from Linda LaForest on February 7th. Another document is attached and included a letter to the WIAD members for the courses that are potential requirements. A list of the courses is on page 4.
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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February 10, 1992

To: WIAD Members
From: Linda LaForest
Re: Minutes of February 7th Meeting

The meeting opened with a call for reports from WIAD's standing committees. Lisette Staal reported on the progress of the Training -Committee's on-going seminar series on gender analysis and training techniques. Approximately 30 people have been attending the seminars each week. Most are graduate students, although the original intent was to attract faculty members. The committee had received a REP from the USDA for a training course, but decided not to submit a proposal. Future projects the committee wants to address are gender analysis training for faculty, evaluating the lessons learned from the current seminar series, and possibly a short course or series of short courses to be given in the summer of 1993. For the Speakers Committee, Anne Moseley stated that the plans are being finalized for the March conference. Please see the newsletter for details on speakers and the conference.

Helga Kraft reported on the efforts of women across campus who are interested in joining together with others to formulate common proposals or an Institute for International Women/Gender Research. Kraft discussed the four types of institutes that exist and suggested that the mpst promising type would be one affiliated with and supported (formally or info rmallyy~h e University. Helen Safa suggested that we should aim for onethat has the financiai"t upport of the University. The Institute is proposed to act as an umbrella organization under the Office of International Programs (Dr. Lele's office), encompassing Women's Studies, WIAD, and other interested groups while allowing each group to maintain its autonomy. The exact structure, however, is still unclear. The arguments for pursuing this type of institute and WIAD's inclusion under it are: the emerging currents within the university that emphasize international programs and women's studies (as demonstrated in the consolidation of international studies under the new office and the support of Women's Studies) are ones within which WIAD can be strengthened and grow; the potential to have basic WIAD infrastructure provided (e.g. office space in Tigert); and easier access to information and other women's groups across campus. Questions about WIAD's involvement in this proposed institute centered around: the heirarchy of administration that would be involved in this institute - how it will be directed and to what level would WIAD's autonomy be compromised; the allegiance of WIAD to its agriculture (IFAS) connection; possibilities of funding, or lack of such, for an institute given the university system's financial belt-tightening; and the need for more information on other options, including looking at other institutions and centers at UF.

Anita Spring discussed a proposed concentration in Women in Development for graduate students.' She handed out a memo on courses that cover or include the topic of women in development. The listing of courses showed that enough courses do exist for a

graduate concentration, and members agreed that this project should be pursued. After
discussion, it was agreed at hA Master's level concentration should require 9 credit-s
-:hetrs, and the PhD 12 The proposed concentration must go through the
curriculum process in the appropriate colleges, and details on administration must still be

The meeting ended with an affirmation of the desire to continue with WIAD. However, the group needs to decide exactly what WIAD is and what direction would we like it to go.
In the meantime, some WIAD members will remain involved in the formation of the new Institute, keeping WIAD members informed without a commitment of WIAD at the present.

Next speaker: February 21, 12:00 in McCarty 1151.

Next business meeting: March 6, 11:00 in McCarty 1151.

February 1992

Dear WIAD Members,

The following courses are potential requirements for a

graduate concentration in Women in Development. The proposal is to have the concentration require 9 credit hours for the Master's program and 12 credit hours for the PhD program; two courses from Group 1 and one course from Group 2 for the Master's level; and two courses from Group 1, one course from Group 2, and one course from Group 3 or perhaps research credits for the PhD level. These are suggestions for the concentration, and details are still flexible.

All of the following courses are 3 hours of credit, and at least eight of the fourteen meet in the spring.

Thank you,

Dr. Anita Spring
Department of Anthropology

Linda LaForest
WIAD Graduate Assistant

GROUP 1 - 100% WID

ANT 5303 ANT 6933 HOE 5555 LAS 6938

WST 6xxx

GROUP 2 - 20-30% WID

AEB 4164 AEB 6651 ANT 6387 GEO 6509

GROUP 3 - <20% WID

AEB 6634 AGG 5932 AGG 5425 AGG 5813 ANT 5467


Course No. AEB 4164 AEB 6634 AEB 6651 AGG 5932 AGG 5425 AGG 5813 ANT 5303 ANT 5467 ANT 6387 ANT 6933 GEO 6509 HOE 5555 LAS 6938 WST 6xxx

Course Title Econ Anal in Small Farm Systems Ag Dev't Administration Ag's Role in Latin America &
Food in Africa Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Research & Ext Women & Development Culture and Nutrition Anthropology of Latin America Special Topics in WID Econ Dev't in Africa Women in Agricultural Dev't Women & Dev't in Latin America Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Gender Studies

% WID 20

20-30 10

10 100

10-20 25-30 100

20 100 100 100

Professor Hildebrand Andrew & McDermott Gladwin Hansen York

Hildebrand Safa, Spring, Schmink Lieberman Safa

Spring McDade S. Smith, Tichenor Safa, Schmink Women's Studies Faculty

* not specific reference to WID but general sensitivity to role of women in development

Responses from:
FRE: Andrew/McDermott, Hildebrand, Gladwin
ANT: Lieberman, Safa, Spring, Schmink
AGG: York, Hansen, E. Smith
GEO: McDade/Malecki
HOE: S. Smith

Please send additional information about other courses with WID content to Dr. Anita spring, 1350 Turlington.

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