Empowering Women Through Use of Agri-Tools in India

The Pathways program has collaborated with the Odisha Government’s Department of Agriculture Engineering to provide improved agriculture tools at a subsidized price, and CARE has further provided a weighing scale from its own funding to support farmers. These tools have been provided to female members of 148 self-help groups in all Pathways project villages in the Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts. These agri-tools are owned and managed by members of the self-help groups. A visit was recently made to three project villages, namely Dandikia, Adasuga and Dupepada in the Kandhmal district, to better understand the present conditions and power dynamics in use and management of the agri-tools....
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Meet the Staff: Ivy Mwaiwawo Vale

Ivy has recently joined the Malawi Pathways team as the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator. In her role she is responsible for monitoring gender behavioral changes with the use of gender dialogue tools, providing technical support to the Pathways program personnel, and information management of project outputs, outcomes, and impact. Ivy has a degree in Agriculture with a major in Nutrition from the University of Malawi, and has completed some course work for an MSc in Research Methods. Prior to joining the Pathways team Ivy worked with NGOs and research organizations as well as doing her own consultancy around data management. She is excited to work for CARE...
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Pathways at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference

This years' American Evaluation Association Annual Conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia with the theme: "Evaluation + Design". Along with many other organizations and agencies focused on evaluation, the Pathways program made a presentation during a session on using and 'fusing' Outcome Mapping to design and assess programming in complex contexts.
The Pathways team presented on the abstract: "Outcome Mapping framework for context-specific gender monitoring: Applying Outcome Mapping to promote gender-transformative change in diverse cultural contexts". The presentation discussed CARE’s experience of adopting the Outcome Mapping methodology not only to monitor but also to promote gender-related behavior changes within the Pathways program.  In...
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Adaptive Agriculture Brings a Smile to Jomila’s Face: Case Study

Case: Jomila ( age 35), FFBS Farmer. Community: South Bania para, Union: Holokhana, Upazila: Sadar District: Kurigram, Bangladesh When we reached Jomila's home to interview her on her learning, she shared her adaptive practices that are changing the lives of her family. Jomila (35), wife of Md. Huzar Ali, said, "Our village suffers from regular droughts and floods, with devastating effects on our crops. Since joining Pathways, I am no longer a victim to the weather extremes, but feel empowered to deal with the challenges as they come." Jomila shared her story: My family depends on the agriculture wage earning and we cultivate rice in the small plot of land (20 decimal)...
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Bringing Awareness to the International Day for Disaster Reduction in Bangladesh

October 13 has been declared the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) by the United Nations. Bangladesh is a country prone to natural disaster and observes the day at both the national and District/Upazila levels. The Pathways program participated in events held at educational institutions within the program's Upazilas and an event at the national level celebrated with the Department of Disaster Management (DDM). The days' events included a rally for awareness, art competition, and discussion session. At the national level CARE took part in poster printing, rally and a discussion session held in Dhaka. [caption id="attachment_2360" align="aligncenter" width="553"]Rally for awareness in Rangpur was led by... </div>
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Pathways at Feed the Future’s Yield Gap Conference

On November 3rd, Pathways Team Leader Emily Hillenbrand and Program Manager Salome Mhango moderated a session along with Michigan State Assistant Professor Andrew Dillon at a workshop presented by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access in Washington DC. img_1960 The session they led focused on beliefs and behavior by exploring the impacts of social networks on farmer learning and uptake of new technologies. They also discussed how underlying gender beliefs and behaviors are impediments to women's productivity and success in agriculture. img_1957   You can view the presentation...
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Celebrating International Women’s Day in Ghana

The idea of honoring rural women with a special day was put forward at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. It was suggested that October 15 be celebrated as “World Rural Women’s Day,” which is the eve of World Food Day, to highlight rural women’s role in food production and food security. CARE celebrated the International Rural Women’s Day in the Garu-Tempane District by acknowledging the contribution of rural women to the development of the nation. The theme of this year’s celebration was “The Critical Role and Contributions of Rural Women in Enhancing Agriculture and Rural Development, Improving Food Security and Eradicating...
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Summer Intern Update: Pre-Crisis Market Analysis in Bangladesh

As a response to climate vulnerabilities in Bangladesh, CARE Pathways has implemented a new strategy to find more holistic solutions that permit Bangladeshis to lead lives that are less susceptible to the effects of climate change. To support this strategy, we implemented the Pre-Crisis Market Analysis (PCMA) tool, a participatory tool that is based on a toolkit designed and funded by International Rescue Committee, OXFAM, and USAID. The main purpose of the toolkit is to increase and improve the quality of interventions that an NGO is implementing with a scope to identify the most critical needs of the beneficiaries that are most affected...
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Gender Indicators Monitoring and Personal PPT Training

In July (25th-29th) 2016, three Pathways core team members joined with Ghana Pathways staff for a refresher training on gender indicators monitoring. Eighteen staff participated in the training, from CARE Ghana, PRUDA (an implementing partner organization), GES Gender Officer from Lambussie district, and community-level gender champions. The purpose of the training was to build the team’s capacity to (1) understand and use the identified gender indicators to observe and measure the social norm changes in Pathways communities, to (2) collect second round of data on the gender indicators, and to (3) analyse data and write report. In addition to developing these skills, the team also...
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Improving Access to Inputs and Creating Alternative Livelihoods

Victoria Kombat is a 21 year old single parent who is ensuring access to quality agri-inputs and information to other women in her community, Kpatua no- 2, and  VSLA members in other communities. She is a VSLA member and one of the seventeen (17) trained agri-input dealers by the Pathways Programme in the Garu-Tempane district to make quality agric-inputs available to smallholder farmers. picture1 Access to quality agri-input (weedicides, fertilizer, inoculants, improved seeds, personal protection equipment) had been difficult for farmers in the programme communities as they had to travel long distance (30km) to Garu for these inputs. ...
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