Designing guidelines for mainstreaming gender in urban agriculture projects

This project, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada, brought together experts to jointly design guidelines for gender mainstreaming in urban agriculture research and development projects. The guidelines were field tested in 14 research and development projects implemented by CIP-Urban Harvest and RUAF Foundation respectively. The revised guidelines and the 14 case studies were published in the book “Women Feeding Cities’’ (Practical Action Publishers, UK).

Duration  2 years

Funding  International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada)

Project partners  RUAF Foundation (coordination); Mazingira Institute (Kenya); Guelph University (Canada); CIP-Urban Harvest (Peru); Municipal Development Partnerships (Zimbabwe); IPES Promoción del Desarrollo Sostenible (Peru); Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resource Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China); Environment and Sustainable Development Unit of the American University (Lebanon); Institut Africain de Gestion Urbaine (Senegal); International Water Management Institute (Ghana and India offices); Egerton University (Kenya); CIP-UPWARD (the Philippines); Makerere University (Uganda); Centro de Estudios de Producción Ecológica (Argentina); Kenya Green Towns Partnership Association      

Activities

  • Production of draft guidelines for gender mainstreaming in urban agriculture research and development projects.
  • Testing the guidelines in 14 urban agriculture projects: 7 research (CIP-Urban Harvest) and 7 development projects (RUAF Foundation).
  • Production of case studies on the experiences gained.
  • Organisation of an expert’s workshop to review the experiences gained in each project.
  • Revision of the draft guidelines.
  • Preparation and publication of a book with the revised guidelines and case studies.

Results obtained

  • Understanding has been enhanced of opportunities and constraints for gender mainstreaming in urban agriculture research and development projects.
  • Gender mainstreaming in research and action projects on urban agriculture has been facilitated by producing a book with tested guidelines and tools (per phase of the project cycle) and a series of project case studies. The book "Women feeding Cities" was published by Practical Action Publishers (UK) and widely distributed.

Reports

The results on the case studies and pilot projects have been published as the book publication "Women feeding Cities" by RUAF and Practical Action Publishing (UK).
The introduction presents the main concepts and a synthesis of main results. 
The case studies have been included in part 2 and the guidelines and tools in part 3 of the book.