Launch Event: Gender in Agriculture E-Learning Course
January 9, 2014Washington, D.C.

The Gender in Agriculture E-Learning course is the product of a joint collaboration between the World Bank and Michigan State University and is based on the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook (2009), result of a fruitful partnership of the World Bank, FAO and IFAD.

This online course provides answers across different sub-sectors to the question, "How will the development outcome of my intervention improve if I mainstream gender?" The course is freely accessible to all interested in gender-related topics in the field of agriculture and rural development. It is composed of 17 modules ranging from primary production to natural resource management and access to markets and services. Each module is an independent product, so each learner can select the ones that are of most interest to him or her. Each module includes interactive elements, videos and an assessment tool. It is intended to serve as an innovative learning experience to help agriculture specialists, practitioners and the academic community to learn how to use a gender lens effectively in their work to improve development outcomes and impact. All the modules of the Gender in Agriculture E-Learning course are available here

The BBL includes the launch and demonstration of the e-learning course, followed by remarks and a discussion among agriculture, gender and education specialists.

Welcome Remarks:
Mark Cackler, Sector Manager, AES, World Bank

Gwyn Heyboer Shelle, Assistant Director, Production, MSU Global

Eija Pehu, Science Adviser and Gender Anchor, AES, World Bank

Thomas Pesek, Partnership Officer, North American Liaison Office, IFAD
Barbara Ekwall, Senior Liaison Officer, FAO
Natalie Elwell, Senior Advisor, Bureau for Food Security, USAID
Victoria Stanley, Senior Rural Development Specialist, LCSAR, World Bank
John Coonrod, Executive Vice President, The Hunger Project
Claire Akun Ntwali, Programme Assistant for Grants Management, RUFORUM secretariat

  • Gwyn Heyboer Shelle, Assistant Director, Production, MSU Global

    Gwyn has 10 years of experience in higher education focusing on instructional design, program evaluation, organizational development, training, and project management. Also, she has teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at a community college in the area of communication. Gwyn has worked on a variety of projects in the areas of technology and agriculture such as managing an online teaching certification program for faculty at a community college, assisting faculty in the development of online courses, and currently developing credit and non-credit learning opportunities. Gwyn has a M.S. in Agricultural Extension Education and a B.S. in Agricultural Communications with a focus on Animal Science, both from Michigan State University.
  • Eija Pehu, Science Adviser and Gender Anchor, AES, World Bank

    Eija Pehu joined the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of the World Bank in 2000 as the Advisor on Science and Technology. She leads the Department’s program on sustainable agriculture and is the gender focal point for the Department and for the Bank-wide Gender in Rural Development Thematic Group. Prior to joining the World Bank she was the Professor of Agronomy at the University of Helsinki.
  • Thomas Pesek, Partnership Officer, North American Liaison Office, IFAD

    Tom joined IFAD in 2005 and serves as a Partnership Officer at the North American Liaison Office. In this capacity, he works to influence the direction and content of national and international poverty reduction policies and processes, cultivate and maintain strategic partnerships between IFAD and the Canadian and US governments, international institutions and civil society organizations, and to mobilize resources in North America on behalf of IFAD’s efforts to enable the rural poor to overcome poverty. Prior to joining IFAD, he served as Project Officer at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Office of the Under-Secretary-General in New York, where he evaluated and finalized proposals for projects to be funded by the United Nations Development Account. Previously, he worked as a Liaison Officer for the United Nations World Food Program
  • Barbara Ekwall, Senior Liaison Officer, FAO

    Barbara joined FAO in January 2007 as Senior Officer and Coordinator of the Right to Food Unit in Rome. Before joining FAO, Barbara was Programme Manager responsible for FAO, ECOSOC and UN development matters at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in the Department of Foreign Affairs in Berne, Switzerland. Prior to this, she was Head of the Office for International Affairs and Human Rights at the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva and, subsequently, Secretary General of the Swiss Fund for Needy Victims of the Holocaust/Shoa in Berne. Barbara worked in a number of countries, including Brazil, Ivory Coast, Sweden, France and Viet Nam. She holds an Advanced Master in Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Stockholm, Sweden
  • Natalie Elwell, Senior Advisor, Bureau for Food Security, USAID

    Natalie has extensive experience providing consultative leadership and technical assistance on improving gender equity in all sectors of rural community development. Her professional experience includes over 7 years as Associate Vice President of Action Learning & Gender Equity at World Neighbors and more than 2 years as Program Coordinator at the Cleveland International Program. Prior to embarking on a career in international development, Natalie served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova. She holds a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training and a BA in Communication from Cleveland State University.
  • Victoria Stanley, Senior Rural Development Specialist, LCSAR, World Bank

    Victoria is a Senior Rural Development and Land Specialist in the Latin America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank. Prior to joining the LAC region, Victoria worked in the Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region for nine years on land administration and management projects and in the World Bank Institute on strategic planning and budgeting. Victoria has extensive experience in the areas of land administration, land management, and gender issues and she has also worked on rural municipal development, information technology, and strategic planning and budgeting
  • John Coonrod, Executive Vice President, The Hunger Project

    John is responsible for research, advocacy and its programs in South Asia and Latin America. He works closely with the President and CEO on all aspects of strategy, including programs, fundraising and communications and is based in Washington, DC. He is a leading spokesperson for the organization. John is an expert on bottom-up, gender-focused development and decentralized local governance who has lectured at the United Nations, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU), Princeton University and the United States Air Force Academy. John serves as co-chair of InterAction's Food Security and Agriculture working group, as advisor and board member to a number of emerging international NGOs. John was trained as a physicist at Stanford (BSc) and the University of California-Berkeley (MS, PhD) and worked as a research physicist at Princeton University (1978-1984).
  • Claire Akun Ntwali, Programme Assistant for Grants Management, RUFORUM secretariat

    A Ugandan national, Claire attained Bachelors of Social Work and Social Administration (Makerere University-Uganda) and a Master of Science in Development Management (Open University - UK) degrees. Claire now specializes in the management and implementation of development oriented projects/programs. Her uniqueness stems from her ability to conceptualize and analyze complex development issues and problems and experience in designing pro-poor strategies. For seven years now, Claire has been managing as well as implementing social development projects for different categories of the population among them children, youth and women affected by HIV. Among her most pertinent achievements is the design and management of a development project which led to the enhancement of the livelihoods of disadvantaged women in four districts of Uganda. Sub-granting funds for development activities at the local government level exposed her to the nitty gritty of grants management and supervision
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