Food Security and Gender
Duration: 3 weeks
Tuition Fee: € 3,000
Rural residents of developing countries gain their livelihoods through a wide array of activities such as farming. The livelihood generated from these activities does not only depend on these people's capabilities but also on the availability and access to resources they need. For people with low incomes who live in rural areas, daily food security is an important objective to secure better living circumstances.
Rural livelihoods are dynamic. Men and women adapt their livelihood strategies according to fluctuations in social, political, economic and environmental situations. Adaptations are also made with regard to the availability of resources such as land and income.
For rural development professionals and organisations, it is of the utmost importance to understand the livelihoods, capabilities and coping strategies of populations in need of assistance. As men and women have specific roles and responsibilities with regards to strengthening their livelihoods and food security, it is necessary to identify gender-specific needs, constraints and opportunities.
In this training, participants will learn to analyse livelihood strategies and the factors that influence them. They will be provided with tools to get a better understanding of male and female farmers' decision-making processes. These processes concern crop production, livestock and income-generating activities but also the handling of vulnerabilities and migration, among other issues. In a community, rural livelihoods vary due to factors such as social class, caste and ethnicity but also gender roles, which influence the opportunities for strengthening a rural livelihood.
Topics such as labour division and decision-making with regard to resources and other household dynamics are covered in this training. Visits to rural enterprises throughout the Netherlands are organised in order to gain practical knowledge in this domain.
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A Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in life sciences or related fields is mandatory; together with two years of relevant work experience in middle or higher management positions.
In case you have less than two years of experience, your request for enrolment will be discussed by the Student Service Centre.
All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency.
Native English speakers (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South-Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Canada (English-speaking areas). need to submit an official medium of instruction statement from their university.
If you’re not a native English speaker and your previous or Bachelor education was entirely taught in English, you need to submit an official medium of instruction statement from your university. You then need to do an alternative online language test.
If your previous or Bachelor education was not (entirely) taught in English, you need to submit one of the following documents:
- Academic IELTS-test with overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0;
- TOEFL test with a score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based), 78-80 (internet based);
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
- Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.
Please note that tests results older than two years cannot be accepted.
The following students are exempt from providing proof of their English language proficiency:
- Applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma
- Applicants with a Dutch HAVO diploma with final grade 6 or higher for English
- Applicants with an International Baccalaureate with a final examination in English A Language and Literature.
Computer literacy (Windows, Word, Excel, and Internet use) are highly recommended.