Integrating Gender-Responsive & Nutrition-Sensitive Approaches When Working with Farmer Groups Engaged in Markets
The overall purpose of this TOT manual is to enhance, extend, and build the capacity of extension workers and field agents to design and conduct participatory gender-responsive and nutrition-sensitive trainings for men and women farmer groups engaged in markets. The modules covered in this TOT are based upon the CRS and CIAT guide (2007), and are adapted for the context of working with men and women farmers’ groups engaging in marketing their agricultural produce in the Mid-west and Far-west regions of Nepal. The CRS guides were the result of an extensive research study on the success and failures of farmer groups engaged in market activities, initiated in 2002, by development professionals, field extension agents and community leaders from 19 organizations in 12 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America (CRS and CIAT, 2007). Results revealed a combination of five key skill sets that are important for successful and sustainable market engagement by the farmer groups.