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USAID Cooperative Agreement 
No. AID-176-LA-13-00003

September 2014 – February 2018

Implementing Organization
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) Consortium


Dr. Paul McNamara, UIUC

Associate Directors

Andrea Bohn, UIUC

Kathleen Colverson, University of Florida

Kristy Cook, Cultural Practice



213 Mumford Hall, MC 710

1301  W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801-3605



Project Brief (click to download)

Program Goal and Objectives

INGENAES (in-ge-nious \in-ˈjēn-yəs\) will assist Feed The Future missions to strengthen gender and nutrition integration within agricultural extension and advisory services (EAS).
  • Build more robust, gender-responsive, and nutrition-sensitive institutions, projects and programs capable of assessing and res­ponding to the needs of both men and women farmers through EAS. 
  • Identify, test efficacy, and scale proven mechanisms for delivering improved EAS to women farmers. 
  • Disseminate gender-appropriate and nutrition-enhancing technologies and access to inputs to improve women’s agricultural productivity and enhance household nutrition. 
  • Apply effective, nutrition-sensitive, extension approaches and tools for engaging both men and women.


This mission-driven program will allow missions to tailor activities that meet their specific needs and issues. Illustrative activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Identify and integrate service delivery mechanisms that better reach women farmers and promote nutrition sensitive agriculture
  • Action-oriented training to build capacity of extension staff and NGO staff to design and implement gender-transfor­ma­tive activities and programs 
  • Direct support to farmer organizations to design gender-aware organizational policies and procedures 
  • Strengthen capacity of national university systems to address gender and nutrition in extension teaching, outreach and research
  • Develop and carry out needs-based assessments and applied research 
  • Build and strengthen networks of individuals and organizations involved in agricultural development, extension service provision, and policy making. 
  • Create mentoring programs that empower women and develop leader­ship skills 
  • Assess the potential of selected technologies (including those in mission scaling plans) on women’s time and labor 
  • Hold regional technology fairs and virtual marketplaces to disseminate information about the design and adaptation of technologies, including channels for reaching women Assess information and communication technology options for more effectively reaching women farmers

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