Training of Trainers in Ecuador: Strengthening knowledge in gender transformative approaches, food security and nutrition

By strengthening knowledge on food security, nutrition and sustainable production, the JP GTA seeks to narrow gender gaps in a sector where the work of men and women and their access to resources should be recognized equally.

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As part of the activities of the Joint Programme on Gender Transformative Approaches for Food Security and Nutrition (JP GTA), the World Food Programme (WFP) opened a cycle of “Training of Trainers” workshops in Manta in the province of Manabí in Ecuador to support the National Agricultural Strategy for Rural Women led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

The JP GTA is implemented by the three United Nations Rome-based Agencies FAO, IFAD and WFP in collaboration with and through financial support from the European Union. In Ecuador, the JP GTA works to support rural women in the provinces of Imbabura and Manabí.

The workshops aim to improve livelihoods and production in agriculture by addressing the root causes of inequalities that impact food security and nutrition for men and women. By strengthening the facilitation capacities of the Ministry’s technical staff through a human centered approach, the workshops seek to create learning opportunities with farmers from Imbabura and Manabí to sensitize communities about healthy habits, responsible production and gender equality.

During the session, effective and unconventional education and communication tools were introduced – such as theatre, games and role play – that allowed the participants to take an active part in the learning process. These tools and other useful examples that were generated in the session will be put into practice in subsequent visits to the field.

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