Empowering women livestock-keepers to make decisions!

A member of the Prolinnova International Support Team, Ann Waters-Bayer (ETC Netherlands, Leusden), was a speaker at the "Workshop on Gender and Market Oriented Agriculture (AgriGender2011): From Research to Practice" that the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) hosted on its campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in early February. At the workshop, she made a presentation co-authored with Brigid Letty (Natural Resources Institute, Pietermaritzburg), member of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) and coordinator of the Prolinnova network in South Africa. In their paper, which was also recently published in the book "The Role of Livestock in Developing Communities", they describe ways to promote gender equality and to empower women through livestock development, including co-management of Local Innovation Support Funds to promote local farmer-led experimentation and innovation.