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नेपाली (NEPALI)

(Above) Representatives from NGOs, government, and extension front lines pose for a group photo in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 2016. ©INGENAES 2016

(Above) Workshop participants pair off in Khulna, Bangladesh, May 2016. ©J. Henderson 2015.

Training Manuals and Guides

Human Nutrition Module for Agricultural Training Institutes in Zambia

This educational module is intended to supplement the curricula of Agricultural Training Institutes in Zambia by adding components pertaining to human nutrition. With their role in providing services focused on food, nutrition, and production security in rural communities, extension agents offer a unique platform for delivering nutrition education to farmers and their families. 

New Extensionist Learning Kit (NELK): Nutrition Module

What can agricultural extension professionals do to support better nutrition? And what might be unrealistic to expect of extension? The NELK nutrition module covers the basics of a nutritious diet and the results of poor nutrition, ways that agriculture and nutrition impact each other, things that extensionists can change in order to improve nutrition and how to effectively partner with others working on improving the nutrition of different communities. 

Nutrition, Behaviors, and Health: Food & Water Practices for Extension Services Staff in Tajikistan
A facilitator's guide to conduct a workshops or field visit focusing on healthier and more hygienic food and water behaviors. For NGOs, Ministry of Agriculture staff, or extension workers.

Guide to Facilitating Write Shops
Write shops are workshops where organizations can use existing knowledge products to create new training materials that can be adapted to better align with specific needs of their stakeholders. 

Competency Framework for Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services
This competency framework complements the Institutional Review and Planning Framework (below) by focusing on skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary for institutions to deliver gender- and nutrition-informed services. The framework lays out a comprehensive list of skills, attitudes, and behaviors to enable frontline agricultural extension workers to engage in relevant, gender-responsive, nutrition-focused programming as part of their routine extension activities.

Institutional Review and Planning Framework for Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services 
This framework is intended to help leaders of agencies providing extension services to examine their organizational mission (and the results implied by it), to analyze if and how the strategy of extension services helps them to accomplish their mission, and to confront key operational challenges faced in providing quality services.  It is written as a workshop guide with practical steps to engage in this analysis. Of particular importance is how organizations can more fully integrate nutrition- and gender-responsive programming in their routine outreach efforts. The workshop guide comes in three parts: 

Gender and Nutrition Facilitator's Manual (2016) by Jan Henderson and Kathleen Colverson
Taller Introductorio en la Integración de Genero y Nutrición en los Servicios de Extensión Agrícola (en Español)
This facilitator’s guide has been used in Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Malawi on integrating gender within agricultural extension services. Useful for public, private, and NGO extension providers to strengthen their capacity to address gender in a transformative manner and to integrate nutrition sensitivity in designing and facilitating workshops and trainings for men and women farmers.
Activity sheets, to be used as job aides, have been developed for each of the seven major activities practiced during the training. They are available in English, Spanish, Russian, and Nepali (left column), and Bangla (upon request).

Module on Gender as part of the New Extensionist Learning Kit
The New Extensionist is a global view of extension and advisory services (EAS) that reinvents and clearly articulates the role of EAS in the rapidly-changing rural context. It argues for an expanded role for EAS within agricultural innovation systems (AIS) and development of new capacities at different levels to play this role. The Learning Kit contains 13 modules designed for self-directed, face-to-face, or blended learning and can be a useful tool for (not exclusively) individual extension field staff, managers, lecturers and non-governmental organisations, and other training institutions. The development process was designed and managed as an iterative journey of broad consultations, discussions, and feedback from a wide range of stakeholders. Modules should be used in conjunction with the workbook provided. It is encouraged that each user starts with Module 1: Introduction to the New Extensionist, as it provides foundation and the context through which the other modules can be understood. The set of modules is available at INGENAES collaborated with GFRAS to produce Module 12, Gender in Advisory Services.

In order to deliver on their mandates and contribute to positive change, extensionists need a well developed understanding of, and the skills necessary to address critical issues around gender in rural livelihoods. Men and women, young and old, all play vital roles in rural livelihoods, but assumptions are often made about who does what and who makes the decisions. These details of gender and decision making are critical to targeting efforts and helping everyone involved in rural livelihoods and agriculture benefit from innovations and improved technologies.

This module on gender is designed to help you understand why these concepts are important in extension. You will learn how to identify why different community members have different needs from extension, and how you can begin addressing them. By understanding these different needs, you will be able to better match the best technologies to opportunities, deliver successful programs, and avoid making anyone’s situation worse. This module will also help you improve in your role(s) in extension to better meet critical needs in rural livelihoods.

Facilitator's Guide: Addressing Gender Issues in Agricultural Value Chains
This facilitator's guide outlines a sample workshop aiming to help participants understand key issues related to gender, extension and advisory services, and value chains; understand principles of integrating gender analysis into value chain programs; be able to conduct a gender analysis of agricultural value chain programs; and be able to identify how to design and monitor gender-equitable extension-related activities in value chain programs.

Facilitator's Guide: Addressing Gender Issues in Technology Assessments
This facilitator's guide outlines a sample workshop in which participants learn to use the INGENAES technology assessment tools to understand how to ensure agricultural technologies respond to the different needs of men and women farmers. In this workshop, participants will understand key issues related to gender, extension and advisory services, and agricultural technologies; understand principles of integrating gender analysis into technology design, use, and dissemination; and be able to conduct a preliminary gender analysis of agricultural technologies.

Manual for Integrating Gender and Nutrition Approaches when Working with Farmers Engaged in Markets (September 2016) by Bhawna Thapa
This Training of Trainers Manual has been designed for use by government, private, and NGO extension providers and rural development practitioners who will be planning and implementing village-level agricultural interventions to strengthen their capacity to integrate gender and nutrition sensitivity for men and women farmer groups engaged in markets.

Participatory Training for Adult Learners Guide by Rebecca J. Williams (PDF)
This manual was created as part of the Gender and Development Working Group's grant for training workshops related to participatory training of adult learners. A work-in-progress manual that can be modified to fit the subject matter, content, and needs of the trainer.


Gender Toolkits
Toolkits developed to assist researchers and practitioners who are  new or unfamiliar with using mixed methods for gender and assets data collection and analysis, including definitions of key concepts and methods for collection, analysis, and dissemination, drawing from first-hand insights (opportunities and challenges) from previous research projects and case studies (IFPRI).

ICT Toolkits The GSMA mWomen and mAgri programs' Mobile Agricultural Services Toolkit is for mobile operators, other mobile providers, and development practitioners to better serve women in this segment. It includes recommendations and tools for each stage of the product development process, as well as examples of good practices.

Activity Videos

Making Extension and Outreach Trainings Gender Sensitive - Part 1: Basics of Effective Training

Making Extension and Outreach Trainings Gender Sensitive - Part 2: How to Train the Right People

Making Extension and Outreach Trainings Gender Sensitive - Part 3: Great Facilitation

Overview of Workshop Series

Who Has Power and Control?

Power Over vs. Power With

Gender Myths

Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Value Chains

What Goes on the Plate?

Who Eats What?

Who Does What?

Training Material from Other Sources

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Family and Nutrition Guide

A set of 14 fact sheets to help households improve feeding and nutrition practices divided into 11 topics that cover basic nutrition, family food security, meal planning, food hygiene, and specific feeding needs.

Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods: basic concepts

This brief interactive module addresses the basic terms and concepts relating to food and nutrition, malnutrition, food security and livelihoods.

Agreeing on causes of malnutrition for joint action

This module guides you through the simulation of a workshop process in the fictional country of Namambar. You will learn how to use a methodology based on malnutrition problem-and-solution trees to support joint planning for combating food insecurity and malnutrition, and building resilience. Available in English and French.

Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Programming

This comprehensive three-hour course is explicitly designed to support the Feed the Future nutrition-sensitive agricultural programming guidance. Developed by the Bureaus for Food Security and Global Health, the course introduces the fundamentals of nutrition-sensitive agriculture and provides guidelines for practitioners to use when designing programs that promote access to nutrient-rich foods and dietary diversity.

Designing for Behavior Change: For Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, and Gender from Food Security and Nutrition Network (FSN)
This field-tested, six-day curriculum enables private voluntary organizations (PVOs) and partners to replicate the Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) workshop conducted with CORE Group members in multiple countries and regions around the globe. FSN Resource Library

On Gender-sensitive Training
An explanation behind gender-sensitive training methodology.

See also the International Livestock Research Institute's training manual, "Closing the Gender Gap" from April 2013. View more.