GenARDIS 2002 - 2010: Small grants that made big changes for women in agriculture
JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du sud, Oct 18 (APC)
A new publication which tells the story of a small grants programme that has awarded seed funding to grassroots groups to introduce or increase the use of ICTs to improve women’s livelihoods and status in agricultural and rural parts of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific for almost a decade has just been published.
This book tells the story of the Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) journey thus far, provides lessons learned, stories from grantees and recommendations for policy makers. It shows how the project facilitates local capacity building in ICTs to empower women and gives grassroots initiatives the kick-start they need to bring about economic empowerment in their communities.
“The projects supported by the fund provide numerous practical insights regarding how ICTs can promote successful gendered outcomes for livelihoods, food security and food sovereignty. Radio drama, mobile phone and open software applications were some of the original approaches that I’ve found particularly inspiring,” says David Dolly from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. Dolly was a GenARDIS grantee 2005 and jury member in 2008.
The 48-page book is available in English and French online and in print, and is licensed under Creative Commons. It was produced with the generous support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, one of the four GenARDIS partners.
Photo: Fundación Taigüey