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Identification of Tools for Gender Integration in Food Security Programming

Identification of Tools for Gender Integration in Food Security Programming

Posted by kmacd on 16 Sep 2012

Identification of Tools for Gender Integration in Food Security Programming

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Join the conversation by sharing your responses to the following questions:

1) What are the tools or guidance you turn to for conducting a gender analysis to inform food security program activities?

2) What other helpful tools for integrating gender into food security programs have you used in your work?

Please be as specific as possible when suggesting tools or guidance. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each and include details about what context you have used the tool in (e.g. emergency, development, geographic region).

This discussion topic was sparked when FSN Gender Task Force member Sara Sywulka (Food for the Hungry) was interested in learning more about gender analysis tools currently in use, as she updates her organization’s gender analysis guidance. We thought we would open the question to the broader FSN Community. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Welcome to the discussion!

Posted by ktabaj on 24 Sep 2012

Hello and welcome!

The TOPS Gender Task Force has been increasing its efforts to hear more about gender integration programming from food security practicioners and this is one of those efforts.  More specifically, we would like to hear more from you about some of the tools you have used to help with integrating gender into programming.  Dialogue around gender analysis tools has been more frequent and this topic serves as a jumping off point for this discussion.  What tools have you found helpful?  What's missing in these tools?  Who is using these tools (HQ, field staff, partners, beneficiaries)?

We certainly want this discussion to be more inclusive than exclusive so please invite others to provide feedback.

Many thanks!
Kristi Tabaj

Identification of tools for gender integration in food security

Posted by Lydia Mafhoko-Ditsa on 24 Sep 2012

There are several  manuals  developed including one by Beerlandt H and Huysman S (1999) on bottom-up-approach  in food security, gender analysis and mainstreaming tools such as gender audit,  Gender SWOT Analysis, Sectoral gender checklist, Gender  Impact Assessments especially from Asian Development Bank, WFP and FAO

use of tools

Posted by ktabaj on 24 Sep 2012

Many thanks Lydia!  Have you used any/all of these tools?  It would be good to hear about the pros and cons of some or all.  I know one issue often mentioned is that a tool is too long, especially for those trying to implement programming as well as conduct an analysis.  Any additional thoughts?

Gender Analysis Tools

Posted by LindseyJonesR on 25 Sep 2012

The tool for integrating gender into value chain analysis that I prefer is this one: . The tools are very focused on the "how-to" and build on previous thinking on gender & value chain analysis. ACDI/VOCA has recently developed its own gender analysis manual that incorporates these tools along with other tools such as the daily activity clock from the FAO Socio-economic gender analysis framework, a gender and communications profile, customized semi-structured questionnaires, the InterAction gender audit survey, and a few other customized tools.

Lindsey Jones, Global Gender Advisor, ACDI/VOCA

Hi Lindsey, Many thanks for

Posted by ktabaj on 25 Sep 2012

Hi Lindsey,

Many thanks for your additions.  I have a few questions. . .

First, the FIELD tool on VCs, did this grow out of the Promoting Gender Equitable Opportunities in Ag VC handbook?  I notice there is similar authorship.  I really like the handbook, but have never actually applied it.  Some who have used it said it was just too much for doing rapid assessments (which I don't think it was meant for).

I'm also wondering if you could comment on ACDI/VOCA's gender analysis manual, both the process of pulling it together and the final product.  As you might have read, part of the catalyst for this discussion came from a request for comment on the development of an organizational tool for gender analysis.  It would be great to hear more about how long it took to develop, how many people were involved, and how it will be used/disseminated internally.  Also, is it possible that ACDI/VOCA might share this manual for others to learn from?  Or is it really targeted to an internal audience?

Lastly, do you know anything about the tools developed by ACDI/VOCA and ICRW during the ICB days?  Did your current manual come out of any of these materials?  This question is of particular interest to me as we (TOPS) attempts to determine whether or not some of these ICB tools can be shared (and did not get their 15 minutes of fame that they might deserve).

Many thanks,



Posted by LindseyJonesR on 25 Sep 2012

I recently used YouTube videos in a workshop on gender, human rights and empowerment. It was a great way to give examples of best practices and success stories, and to show examples of women and men "role models" or "champions" for women's empowerment and gender equality. It is also a nice break from powerpoint and reading case studies -- instead you get to watch them!


Posted by kmacd on 25 Sep 2012

Lindsey Jones,

That is really interesting! Do you happen to have the links to any of the videos that you watched or could specifcally describe what the videos portrayed? What is one example of how the women and men shown acted as "role models" and "champions."


climate change and gender - participatory games

Posted by ktabaj on 25 Sep 2012

Just yesterday I saw a video on a game that could be played to illustrate the impact of climate change and gender on agriculture and food security.

The final part of the game was to have the participants discuss their observations about the role gender played.  The discussion wasn't shown in the video and I think this would have been really interesting, especially within the context of East Africa.  Re: context.  Certainly there would be some common threads across geographic locations, but there would have been some big differences.

The video above was shared by InterAction's DRR working group.  They will be holding an event on Oct 12 to discuss how participatory games are used to spread the word about disaster preparedness and mitigation.

RE: YouTube

Posted by LindseyJonesR on 25 Sep 2012

Sure! I'm happy to share. Below are some of the ones I used. The workshop was in northern Iraq, so I tried to find examples in Arabic and Kurdish languages. International War and Peace Reporting had good resources for that purpose.

- The Boss is a She:

- It's a Man's World:

- Exploring Taboos Initiative in Egypt about the use of social media:! –

- India Sunhara project (an ACDI/VOCA affilited project):

- Story of Shaida:

I'd also recommend using this one from the World Bank to "make the case" for gender:

Here are a few others I considered using:








Posted by kmacd on 25 Sep 2012

These are great- thanks!


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