To enhance gender-sensitive actions within projects, AATF held a two-day Training of Trainers workshop from 30th -31st March 2021 for its Gender Working Group (GWG) facilitated by Tanager International.
The aim of the workshop was to enhance the knowledge and skills of the working group with value chain approaches to mainstreaming and integrating gender and developing gender-sensitive agriculture strategies in their programming; harnessing gender-responsive agriculture practices relevant to AATF and relevant tools that may be applied to enhance gender responsiveness.
“The working group is now much better equipped to support the institutional gender mainstreaming efforts, both at organizational and programmatic levels,” said Monica Ndoria, AATF Gender Focal Point.
According to Benson Mutuku, Gender Expert, Tanager International, the staff trained will be able to integrate gender concepts and strategies in their projects to improve gender and nutrition outcomes at AATF.
Gender mainstreaming within AATF is guided by an elaborate 2018-2022 Gender Strategy and implementation plan. The strategy is aimed at ensuring that men, women, youths, and vulnerable groups have equal opportunities to participate in and benefit from AATF projects and interventions.
A recent review of the institution’s progress in promoting gender sensitivity in business operations and project implementation revealed steady progress towards gender transformation with increasing gender reflections in project design, planning, implementation, and reporting besides broader operational processes within AATF such as resource mobilization, recruitment, and digital engagement.
AATF and Tanager are currently on a two-year partnership agreement (2020 – 2022) aimed at integrating nutrition and mainstreaming gender into the Foundation’s Nutrition, Food Quality and Post-Harvest Management Impact Area.
Through the partnership, Tanager will work with AATF to develop and adopt approaches that increase access to safe, affordable, nutritious foods in the communities where AATF works to influence the consumers’ behaviour change. AATF aims at reaching 16 million smallholder farmers by 2022 through its activities and those of its partners.