GenARDIS 2002-2010: Small grants that made big changes for women in agriculture

GenARDIS 2002-2010: Small grants that made big changes for women in agriculture

What is being done to bridge the gender digital divide? Since 2002, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) fund: Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) has offered small grants for women. It has also supported work with gender-related issues in ICTs for agricultural and rural development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific; and advocated for more gender-aware ICT policy. In the beginning of this GenARDIS book, Jennifer Radloff, the South Africa-based manager of the project, describes how access to new information and communications technologies (ICTs) are affecting rural men and women, as well as improving agricultural production and livelihoods. Several examples are then provided, such as women overcoming fear of ICTs and breaking their silence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sonia Jorge, an international communications policy and regulation consultant focused on Southern countries, has written the section on policy recommendations for gender-aware universal access and rural development. The final portion of this publication reports on the disbursement of seed grants, and funding spent on capacity training workshops and networking since 2002. This book was produced with support from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

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