"But to acheive empowerment you also have to confront and challenge values, attitudes and policies that demean and degrade women and block their opportunities towards acheiving empowerment. Being too cautious can block meaningful progress."
"Theer are broad principles such as teh UN Women Women's Empowerment Principles http://weprinciples.org/Site/PrincipleOverview/
They can provide a universal framework but each country and regional and even community context is different. Is it…"
"Yes, certainly, it's about empowerment, economic, social, political and cultural. However measuring empowerment is as yet an imprecise science and means different things to different people.Control of assets, particularly financial assets…"
"I'd suggest some of those challenges are:
Affordability and ease of operation and maintenance
Women friendly or gender neutral
Sustainability-economic, social and environmental
Will there be sufficient demand to make it commercially…"
"Thansk Alexa for raising the issue of involving women. I'd like your thoughts on the UK Government supported New Alliance for food security in Africa which is trying to link corporate heavyweights with smallholder farmers in Africa and in…"
"How do you avoid corporate capture of farmers in that case? Also how do you ensure that the most poor farmers are able to participate rather than the better educated and 'market ready'? These are the most difficult but the most in…"
"Is effective extension any mroe just a job for Governments or is it increasingly a private sector fucntion. tied to supply contracts? Governments seem to have failed disnally at providing viable extension services over the years."
"Agreed taht cooperative models need to be handled with care (no pun intended!). DFID has been supporting (through our Food and Retail Industry Challeneg Fund FRICH) variosu suppliers cooperatives in Africa. One good example is of smallholder tea…"
"I'd like to suggest:
Moving from food aid to cash transfers and resilience based programming.
Recognising that for many the future is not going to be based on rural agricultural livelihoods but urban and/or non-agricultural livelihoods and…"
"Hello, I'm Vincent Gainey. I work with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as a Livelihoods Advisor. I'd like to kick off a discussion by asking whether participante feel that the cooperative model provides the best…"
UK Department for International Development (DFID)
I work for government
About my work:
Livelihoods Advisor in the Economic Inclusion and Agriculture Team focusing on agriculture and food security in the context of economic growth. Particular interests and responsibilities in women's economic empowerment in agriculture and inensuring that agricultural growth is 'future proofed' against risks such as climate change.
Topics on my radar:
Agriculture, Base of the Pyramid, Enterprise Development, Environment, Governance and Transparency, Nutrition, Water, Women and Business