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A total of 64 people, including representatives of international teaching organizations, master’s degree students, companies, and foundations, were trained.

Within the framework of the “Women in Agricultural Networks: Honduras” project, led by Penn State University in conjunction with Zamorano, two training workshops were held on gender inclusivity in projects, programs, and scientific research. The workshops were held in the city of La Esperanza, Intibucá, and on the Zamorano campus.

The workshop held in La Esperanza was aimed at people working on development projects and programs. Its emphasis was on sharing knowledge and providing tools to allow for more gender inclusivity in the design, execution, and evaluation of various projects and programs. The workshop was attended by 28 people from 16 institutions, including Oxfam, NCBA Clusa, World Vision, SUCO, the World Food Program (WFP), IDE-Global, AMIR, OMM of La Ceiba and La Esperanza, Solidarity Foundation, Gema-USAID, and Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders.

The workshop held in Zamorano was aimed at people already engaged in applied research to generate a space for reflection on the inclusion of both men and women in research. It also provided tools for the design of research that is sensitive to the theme of gender equality. 36 people participated in the Zamorano workshop, including Zamorano professors, Master’s program students, country representatives for FAO and NCBA Clusa, as well as the Center for Marine Studies (CEM). The workshops were facilitated by Dr. Carolyn Sachs, Dr. Janelle Larson and Dr. Paige Castellanos from Penn State University and Hazel Velasco, Alfredo Reyes and Arie Sanders from Zamorano University.

In reference to the recent workshops, Arie Sanders noted, “It is important to generate spaces to bring up and refresh the importance of gender in our institution. In the last four years we have tried to make noise with our activities through this project to keep the need to include this theme in all our actions fresh in the minds of Zamorano.”

The project “Women in Agricultural Networks in Honduras” is supported by the Laboratory of Innovation in Horticulture, with funds from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the “Feed the Future” initiative of the United States Government to eliminate hunger and attain food security across the globe.

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