‘Making visible what is currently not visible: Experiences on generating evidence based results on integrating gender issues in project’ was the title of Petra Saghir’s presentation. Petra an African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) fellow attached to the Poverty Gender and Impacts (PGI) team of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Markets, Gender and Livelihoods Theme gave her presentation on Friday 18, 2012 after the completion of a 9 months attachment which she competed for and was successful to got a placement at ILRI, Nairobi under the supervision of Jemimah Njuki, the then team leader now working with CARE International, USA .
During her attachment, Petra got to work with various projects within the team namely; Integrating Dairy Goat and Root Crop Production for Increasing Food, Nutrition and Income Security of Smallholder Farmers in Tanzania; Gender and Agriculture Assets Project (GAAP) in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Uganda in collaboration with IFPRI; Evaluating the Impacts of Livestock and Aquaculture Microcredit and Value Chain Programs on Women’s Empowerment, Eastern Africa and the Australian Center for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR)-Gender and climate Risk consideration for research (crop/livestock) in Africa. Petra highlighted her experiences while working with these projects, lesson learnt, challenges and opportunities.
Petra is grateful to AWARD, ILRI colleagues, the PGI team and her supervisor, Jemimah Njuki for the opportunity that she got which among others has really enabled her to strengthen and utilize her scientific and leadership skills. She will be going back to her home country Nigeria where she is a lecturer at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Nigeria and hopes to pass on the capacity in engendering the academia and help small holder farmers to improve their livelihood.
Jemimah Njuki while at the presentation, challenged other scientist to be willing take up young scientists from the AWARD program as mentees in order to mentor the next generation of scientists.
View her presentation below
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