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Minutes WIAD business meeting: Friday 3rd December 1993, 11:00 a.m.
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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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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 starts with e a letter to the WIAD member which discusses the resources and funding from the WIAD program. Page 2 includes the WIAD Business Meeting from December 3, 1993. The topics discussed were Funding, Speaker Series for Spring, and Other Activities, Other Spring Activities, Applications for WIAD Assistantships for 1994-1995, and WIAD Training Group.
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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Women in Agricultural Development

Dear VVIAD Member,

As you are aware, the WIAD Program supplies a number of services to the University of Florida. One of these services is the provision of research publications (books, articles, etc.) about women in agricultural development, which are housed in the WIAD office. Although we currently have a substantial amount of information, we must continually update our collection to adequately serve your needs.

We realize that much valuable information is never published and therefore remains inaccessible to people who could benefit from that knowledge. Therefore, we are especially interested in receiving from our members unpublished literature (e.g., staff working papers, mission papers, consultancy reports) which will make our office a center of information not generally available in libraries. The V;LAD Graduate Assistants are available and willing to help you search your personal libraries in this regard!

Although our current budget is limited, we hope in the future to have funds to purchase books, journal subscriptions, etc., relevant to our members' interests. When this happens, we will call upon you to let us know of your specific preferences. In the interim however, if faculty or students would like to donate books, journal issues, or papers (or copies of papers), we would be very appreciative. In addition, donations for purchases would be very welcome.

Most importantly, the resources we have will be of little service unless you use them! We are inviting you to come visit our office or give us a call (392-3972). We are located in Building 810, between McCarty and Newins-Ziegler) and our new office hours for the spring semester are Monday - Friday 9-11 a.m. Tell your colleagues about us, so that they too can benefit, suggest improvements, and help WIAD serve you.



ATTENDING: Charlene Brewster Suzanna Smith
Bea Covington Anita Spring
Peter Hilidebrand Anne Todd-Bockarie
Sandra Russo Allan Wood

It was noted that Helga Kraft had not been able to attend Business Meetings because she was teaching at the times they were held.

I Funding

Continued funding for the WIAD Assistantships from the Graduate School is
uncertain. Charlene Brewster is collecting financial data, dating from WIAD's inception to the present, as part of a statement to the Graduate School outlining the substantive and financial benefits of WIAD to the University of Florida.

In a recent pre-proposal for the Women's Center, written by Women's Studies, it appeared that both WIAD and Women's Studies would fall under the auspices of the Women's Center. Given this situation, WIAD needs to stress its existence as an autonomous organization with different fields of interest, research methodologies, sources of support, membership, and benefits provided to UF.

Members agreed that WIAD will need to seek support from alternative sources in
order to supplement the funding of the assistantships. Among the ideas mentioned were Tshirt sales, contributions from faculty, support from external funding agencies/foundations (e.g., Rockefeller, Ford). It was noted that IFAS currently funds extensions of the graduate assistantships for Summer A session, office and secretarial expenses, and travel for WIAD speakers. The entire WIAD budget ranges between $20,000 and $30,000, depending in large part on the amount allocated for assistantships. This amount is set according to the allotment for assistantships of the departments in which the assistants study.

It was noted that many outside foundations, such as the Rockefeller Foundation, only provide support for start-up programs. It was suggested that WIAD could apply for such funding for starting new training activities. Agreement was reached that the matter would be investigated further.

Sandra Russo recently spoke with Barbara Thomas-Slayter of Clark University, where a semester-long WID course involving international participants in field trips and research activities is conducted. It was suggested that this sort of program could be set up through ITD to bring in funds. Clark University runs its program in the Fall semester, therefore it was noted that any similar activity on the part of WIAD should take place in Spring to avoid

'competition. Peter Hildebrand suggested that a special short course may not be necessary; existing courses can be modified so as to attract international students.

II Speaker Series for Spring, and Other Activities

Caroline Moser has tentatively been scheduled to speak on 18 March, on her return trip from Nicaragua. Other possible speakers include Dianne Rocheleau, Elsa Chaney (who will be at the Women's Studies Conference on aging), Tim Frankenberger from University of Arizona, Priya Shyamsundra (Center for Resource and Environmental Policy Research, Duke University), Camilla Harshbarger (University of Florida), Della McMillan (back from Burkina Faso), Karen Kainer (recently returned from research with rubber tappers), and Ana Mesa (working with women's co-operatives in Costa Rica).

1II Other Spring Activities

The idea of arranging a special activity with Iris Books was discussed as a fund
raiser/public relations activity. Among the possibilities mentioned were a speaker, a tea, a musical performance, a book sale, or any combination of these activities. With respect to the sale, it was suggested that Iris Books could have on hand sample books for sale, and/or they could take special orders (which would allow bulk orders). Iris Books could also be encouraged to set up a section on women in development; WIAD could suggest book titles for them. WIAD could also provide catalogs (or titles of catalogs) from book companies such as Sage, Zed, Kumarian, Lynne Rienner, etc. It was suggested that these companies may be willing to donate some proceeds of sales to WIAD if approached. In addition, it was noted that WIAD could ask Iris Books to donate a portion of sales proceeds to WIAD. The idea of scheduling an activity with Iris Books was expanded to include other stores in that area, such as the Artisans Guild and Our Place Cafe. WIAD could do extensive advertising, including ads in the Gainesville Sun and the Alligator.
Another idea proposed was a panel debate on gender studies vs. women's studies.

HI Applications for WIAD Assistantships for 1994-1995

The WIAD Graduate Assistants will prepare announcements for the 1994-1995 WIAD Assistantsips. Applications will be due on 15 February for the 1994-1995 academic year.

IV WIAD Training Group

The name of the Training Group has been changed from GUPMET to GAT:ORS
(Gender Analysis Training: Optimizing Resources Sustainably). This group arose out of the training efforts of WIAD, ITD, and the Tropical Conservation & Development Program (TCD). They are submitting a project proposal to Doseri, WIAD, ITD, and TCD. The

,program is expanding with cooperation between GAT:ORS, GENESYS and Clark University.

During the Spring Semester, the WIAD Training Group will be assisting in the classes taught by Suzanna Smith (HOE 5555) and Anita Spring (ANT 6933). It was noted that the current pooi of trainers is overextended and therefore more trainers are needed. In January, a course for the training of trainers will be offered to interested graduate students and faculty, with the proviso that each trainer so taught will in turn train others in one of these two classes. Candidates for new trainers include Lynne Schreiber, Donna Rieper, Jose Garcia, Jennifer Scheffee, Charlene Brewster, Allan Wood, Connie Campbell, Todd Johnson, Paul Duncan, Elena Bastidas.

There was no other business for discussion, and the meeting was adjourned.

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