INGENAES: Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services
INGENAES is designed to assist partners in Feed the Future countries (www.feedthefuture.gov) to build more robust, gender-responsive, and nutrition-sensitive institutions, projects and programs capable of assessing and responding to the needs of both men and women farmers through EAS; disseminate gender-appropriate and nutrition-enhancing technologies and access to inputs to improve women’s agricultural productivity and enhance household nutrition; identify, test efficacy, and scale proven mechanisms for delivering improved EAS to women farmer; and apply effective, nutrition-sensitive, extension approaches and tools for engaging both men and women. We work to improve agricultural livelihoods focusing on strengthening extension and advisory services to empower and engage smallholder farmers, male and female.
We collaborate with agricultural extension, gender and nutrition experts worldwide, supporting extension providers in focus countries to:
- Integrate service delivery mechanisms that better reach women farmers and promote nutrition sensitive agriculture
- Assist stakeholders in designing and implementing gender-transformative, nutrition-sensitive activities
- Partner in innovative learning exchanges
- Carry out needs-based assessments and applied research
- Create mentoring programs and strengthen networks
- Support farmer organizations
- Hold regional technology fairs and virtual marketplaces
Who We Are
INGENAES is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the prime awardee and partners with the University of California-Davis, the University of Florida, and Cultural Practice, LLC.
Work With Us
INGENAES team members work with USAID missions, civil society organizations, farmer organizations, universities and private sector service providers in Feed The Future countries. This mission-driven program will allow missions to tailor activities that meet their specific needs and issues. Illustrative activities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Identify and integrate service delivery mechanisms that better reach women farmers and promote nutrition sensitive agriculture
- Action-oriented training to build capacity of extension staff and NGO staff to design and implement gender-transformative activities and programs
- Direct support to farmer organizations to design gender-aware organizational policies and procedures
- Strengthen capacity of national university systems to address gender and nutrition in extension teaching, outreach and research
- Develop and carry out needs-based assessments and applied research
- Build and strengthen networks of individuals and organizations involved in agricultural development, extension service provision and policy making.
- Create mentoring programs that empower women and develop leadership skills
- Assess the potential of selected technologies (including those in mission scaling plans) on women’s time and labor
- Hold regional technology fairs and virtual marketplaces to disseminate information about the design and adaptation of technologies, including channels for reaching women
- Assess information and communication technology options for more effectively reaching women farmers