What’s the purpose of the Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange? Hazel Malapit, Gender Research Coordinator for A4NH, gives us a brief history of why we’ve started this blog and how we envision it helping researchers working on gender and nutrition issues in agriculture.
“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” - John Steinbeck
This blog is the continuation of a conversation that started last December in Nairobi.
In December 2013, A4NH hosted a workshop that brought together researchers and partners to talk about how applying a gender lens to agricultural research can help achieve nutrition objectives. We came out of that workshop with a shared understanding of how agricultural interventions influence nutrition along different pathways, and where gender fits into this framework. We talked to gender and nutrition experts on which indicators can be used to assess impact, how to collect these data in the field, and how to apply new methods – qualitative and quantitative – to fully integrate gender and nutrition in our agricultural research.
As researchers with a common purpose, we want to know who’s doing what in the gender-nutrition-agriculture sphere, and be informed about how different projects are dealing with these issues in the field. We want to be able to ask each other questions on how to design, conduct, analyze and communicate our research, and have a go-to place for sharing new ideas, best practices, and general guidance on gender and nutrition. Now, with the Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange, we can do just that.
In this space, A4NH will invite resource persons to share their views or discuss a topic in a blog post which you can then respond to by adding comments. Initially, we will try to answer the most common questions that emerged from the Nairobi workshop. Over time, however, we expect that you – our readers – would help shape this blog by suggesting new topics and resource persons, asking questions, providing comments, and sharing resources that other researchers might find useful. We need your help to make sure this blog addresses your needs.
Welcome to GNIE, the Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange!
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