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Integrating Gender-Responsive & Nutrition Sensitive Approaches When Working with Farmer Groups Engaged in Markets

Date Published: 
May 16, 2017
This Training of Trainers Manual has been designed for use by government, private, and NGO extension providers and rural development practitioners who will be planning and implementing village-level agricultural interventions to strengthen their capacity to integrate gender and nutrition sensitivity for men and women farmer groups engaged in markets. This manual has been adapted to meet the needs of extension workers who train lead farmers and famer groups engaged in markets, as well as other actors in the agricultural value chains such as traders, AgroVets, 1 and Community Business Facilitators (CBFs)2. While this manual has been adapted to the context of the Mid-west (Banke and Surkhet districts) and Far-west (Dadeldhura and Kailali districts) regions of Nepal, 3 it can also be used as a guide for trainers to adapt and modify to their distinct cultural and agricultural contexts.

This manual complements the Field Guide for Five Key Skill Sets produced by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CRS and CIAT, 2007), and the Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services: A Facilitator’s Guide produced by the Feed the Future Integrating Gender and Nutrition into Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project (INGENAES, 2015). The modules covered in this manual are based on the five skill sets outlined in the CRS manual, while some of the tools used to integrate gender and nutrition sensitivity into the modules are adapted from the INGENAES guide. In this module, each section and its accompanying participatory tools are self-standing and can be used separately depending on the activity’s purpose. Both English and Nepali versions of this manual and all the accompanying participatory tools for group activities are also available for download from the INGENAES website (http://ingenaes.illinois.edu/nepal/). Additional resources that accompany this manual include PowerPoint presentation slides for each module, which are also available for download. The production of this manual was supported by USAID, through the INGENAES project, and it focuses on the particular sociocultural and agricultural contexts of Nepal.