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Workshop explores gender-responsive agricultural research, communication

Helga Recke, a scientist who worked for decades at the intersection of gender and agriculture in Eastern Africa, will lead a workshop on gender-responsive agricultural research and communication on Dec. 17 from 9-11:30 a.m. Interested faculty, staff or students from any college or discipline are invited to participate but must RSVP.

The program is sponsored by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut, a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded program headquartered in the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Peanut Innovation Lab works with scientists in the U.S. and developing countries to investigate variety development, value chain improvements and nutrition questions involving peanuts.

Because the peanut—or groundnut as it is called in much of the world—is often grown, processed and marketed by women, the Peanut Innovation Lab works to ensure that gender is considered as a cross-cutting theme in all research.

Workshop topics will include why it matters that gender is considered in agricultural research; a self-evaluation exercise to help participants gauge their own positionality; monitoring, learning and evaluation in a gender-responsive way; gender-sensitive approaches to communication; and budgeting for gender-responsiveness in agricultural research.

The workshop will be held in Room 226 of the Hoke Smith Building. Drinks and light refreshments will be offered. RSVP by Dec. 13 at For more information, contact