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Analysing Gender Transformative Approaches to Agricultural Development with Ethnic Minority Communities in Vietnam

Project Code: SSS/2018/139
Research Program Manager: Dr. Jayne Curnow
Project Leader: Dr. Rochelle Spencer - Murdoch University
OCT 2018
MAR 2020
Project Status: Legally Committed/Active
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Key partners
CARE Vietnam


Analysing gender transformative approaches to agricultural development with ethnic minority communities in Vietnam. 

This project will analyse the pathways to change in women’s empowerment that gender transformative approaches achieve, especially for ethnic minority women in the Vietnamese context. It will also focus on capacity development and relationship building in-country, laying the foundation for future long-term qualitative, transdisciplinary action research.

Experience has demonstrated that when agricultural systems are more inclusive, women farmers possess enormous potential to contribute to long-term food security for their families and impact sustainable nutritional outcomes. However, whilst monitoring and evaluation systems capture change in gender relations at the household and community levels, a more systematic approach with qualitative research into ‘how’ and ‘why’ these shifts in gender occur is needed.

Expected outcomes

  • Build capacity of in-country partners and 10 early career social science researchers through trainings in mixed-method research, including participatory methodologies, and project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI)
  • Train 12 ethnic minority women in the Technologically Enhanced Agricultural Livelihoods (TEAL) northern uplands project communities as co-researchers.
  • Develop the capacity of in-country partner organisations to use the Feminist Participatory Action Research approach and pro-WEAI in agricultural R4D projects.
  • Co-author two research outputs with in-country women researchers to build track record in scholarly journal publications.