On May 31, ISET organized an excursion to an agricultural cooperative called “Gift of Forest” in Tsinamdzgvriantkari, in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region of Georgia. The purpose of the excursion was to learn more about a successful cooperative and understand how this success could be replicated in other contexts and value chains in Georgia. Students from ISET, representatives of non-government, international and other local organizations joined the excursion.

On May 23, 2014, ISET hosted a presentation by Dr. Ira Gang from Rutgers University, who presented his paper titled: “Is women’s ownership of land a panacea in developing countries? evidence from land-owing farm households in Malawi”.

Traditionally, throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, lucrative cash crops are perceived as “male crops”, while lower value crops for home consumption are perceived as “female crops”. However, the potential for engaging female agricultural producers in high-value crop activities has been of increasing focus in much of the recent development literature and policy discourse. The assumption being that women cultivating “male crops” will not only bolster their economic empowerment, but will also improve overall household welfare, especially that of children.

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