The WIAD program

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The WIAD program
Series Title:
Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) papers
Women and Agricultural Development Program
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida


Subjects / Keywords:
Spring, Anita ( lcsh )
Women's studies ( fast )
Women in Agricultural Development Project in Malawi ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
North America -- United States -- Florida -- Gainesville


This 4-page document describes the WIAD Program. The document includes the history of WIAD program and WIAD Activities. Page 3 includes Funding for WIAD, which breaks down the funding per year since the program started.
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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The WIAD Program

The Women in Agricultural Development Program (WIAD), was founded at the University of Florida in 1984, after five years of informal Women in Development (WID) activity. At that time, rather than taking on the entire range of WID related issues, the WIAD group decided to focus specifically on the problems facing women engaged in agricultural production. This focus distinguished the UF program from those at other institutions which tackle a broad range of WID related issues. The main reasons for this WIAD focus were
- the recognition of the strength of UF in the area of agriculture
- a desire to enhance University of Florida research capabilities with the tools of
gender sensitivity and analysis.

WIAD is currently chaired by Drs. Peter Hildebrand and Sandra Russo and has over 28 active faculty members. Administration of the program is supported by two graduate students. The program aims to support and develop faculty and student expertise related to the roles of women and intra-household dynamics in all phases of agriculture and natural resource management in both international and domestic contexts.

WIAD Activities

1 . Speaker Series - From its inception in 1983-1984, a hi-weekly seminar has been
organized featuring speakers on issues related to women in agriculture and natural resource management both domestically and internationally. Speakers have included UF professors and graduate students, as well as guests from other universities or research

2. Conferences
- In February 1986, WIAD sponsored an international conference featuring a comparative perspective on the importance of gender issues in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the USA (Gender Issues in Farming Systems Research and Extension). It was attended by 300 registrants from 20 countries including the USA, Asia, Africa and Latin America and elsewhere. Arising from this Conference was the publication of a book "Gender Issues in Farming Systems Research and extension" edited by S. Poats, M. Schmink and A. Spring in

- In March 1988, WIAD co-sponsored a two-day Seminar on "Issues in AgroForestry: an International Perspective" with the Department of Forestry and the
Centers for African and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida.

- March 1992, WIAD and Women's Studies co-sponsored a conference on
"Women and Politics in the 1990's"

3. Documentation - WIAD has developed a common listing of women in agriculture
readings within faculty collections, through computer searches and through searches of other relevant material. These have been published as Bibliography of Women in Development with special reference to the Third World (edited by M. Swisher), a compilation of nearly three thousand entries dealing with women's roles in agricultural development. This Bibliography is available for purchase from WAS Publications either in software or in published form. To date, 125 copies of this bibliography have been

4. Training Activities for UF Faculty - Existing courses with a WID Component have
benefited from the activities of the WIAD Training Group. Many courses have been redesigned to incorporate gender issues. In Spring 1994, at least three graduate courses
will benefit from the participation of the WIAD training committee.

5. WID Certificate - This is a Graduate Certificate from the University of Florida and is
awarded to Graduate students at the MA or PhD level who complete a minimum number
of required courses.

6. Technical Assistance - WIAD members are in high demand to provide technical
assistance at the international level for a number of agencies including the University of
Florida, USAID, FAO, World Bank etc.

7. WIAD Newsletter - WIAD publishes a monthly newsletter to inform UF faculty and
students of WIAD related matters of interest.

Funding for WIAD

1984-1985 1985-1986


1986-1987 1987-1988 1988-1989 1989-1990 1991-1992 1992-1993 1993-1994 -


$17,183 $10,617
$ 2,650

$ 5,000 $22,825
$ 8,000

$15,926 $13,200


$8,457 n.a.

$ 3,072 $12,000*

IFAS International Programs Center for Latin American Studies Center for African Studies

IFAS International Programs Center for Latin American Studies Center for African Studies

Center for Tropical Agriculture Ford Foundation Rockefeller Foundation

IFAS International Programs Graduate School (Assistantships)

International Programs (Program Support Grants)
0.5 FTE WIAD Director (M. Swisher)

International Programs
0.5 FTE WIAD Director (M. Swisher) Graduate School

International Programs Graduate School

$12,000* Graduate School

$ 4,400 $12,000

$ 6,300 $22,000*

Graduate School

Graduate School

Summary of Funding - WIAD Program

Funding Source Amount Time Yrs. of Current % of
Period Support support Total
________________ ___________ (yes/no)
WFAS International 76,488 1984 - 6 No
Programs ______ 1990
WFAS Academic 10,700 1992 - 3 Yes
Programs 1994 ____Center for Latin 11,617 1984 - 2 No
American Studies ______ 1986
Center for African 5820 1984 - 2 No
Studies ______ 1986 ______ ____Graduate School 1988 - 5 Yes
____ ___ ____ ___ _ 19 4 _ ____ ___ _ __ ___ __I
rOther 35,825 1986 1 No ____

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