In 2008-2009, Ugandan organisation Toro Development Network (ToroDev) was awarded a small grant through the APC’s Gender and agriculture and rural development in the information society (GenARIDS) project. No more than a year later, the grass roots organisation has been awarded $12, 000 through the Africa Rural Connect contest, to continue its work in helping small-scale rural farmers – many of which are women – learn to use technologies such as mobile phones, radios and computers.
In Uvira, Democratic Republic of Congo, women’s cassava root crops were being destroyed by pests but thanks to some internet training, they increased their healthy crop production and agricultural knowledge. In the Dominican Republic, women from an agro-processing cooperative learned to better manage their production thanks to an ICT training -many of them were 50 years old or more, which is “old” and “good for nothing” by rural Dominican standards. Find out more about what GenARDIS projects were able to achieve with small grants of about 7000 euros. Photo by Fundación Taïguey
How the Association for Progressive Communications aims to contribute to the economic empowerment of rural women in Africa.
APC believes that access to information and communication tools and content are a basic
precondition to economic, social and political empowerment. The document discusses how APC aims to improve the economic empowerment of women in Africa.
In Nigeria, a small radio association is using theatre to teach rural populations practical skills like how to how to obtain small loans, and also discusses issues related to gender inequality. Thanks to a small grant by the Gender and Agriculture in the Information Society (GenARDIS) initiative, the project called Majalisar Mata Manoma has come a long way from being a simple radio programme. It is about meeting spaces for women farmers, connecting radio and mobile phones too.
The knowledge-sharing workshop will be a space to enable the 15 grantees to share outcomes as well as to discuss best practices and lessons learned. It will also be used to gather case studies and stories to feed into the ongoing programmes of partner institutions, as well as for GenARDIS’ own evaluation process.
This is the third phase of the Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) programme. GenARDIS is a small grants fund that was established to support innovative activities that contribute to the gender-sensitive application of ICTs in agricultural and rural development of ACP (Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific) countries, as well as to the understanding of gender issues in ICTs more broadly.