Women and Gender in International Development Virtual Conference 2021


FEBRUARY 23 – 26, 2021

Given the ongoing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Women and Gender in International Development Conference hosted by Virginia Tech will be an online event. The event will create an environment where students, early career faculty, practitioners, and extension professionals are able to learn from gender experts and international agriculture experts promoting inclusive agriculture and rural development. It includes two days of asynchronous, pre-event material and networking and an optional workshop, and two half days of synchronous programming. It will provide numerous opportunities for attendees to participate and network. We again will focus on research, practice, and methods, this time with a dialogue between people working internationally and domestically.

Register for the event here.


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jemimah Njuki, Africa Director for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Chair of the Steering Committee of the African Women in Agriculture Research and Development

Dr. Carolyn Sachs, Professor Emerita of Rural Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Conference Panels

Food systems crisis: Strengthening gender equality and resiliency

Dr. Hazel Malapit, Senior Research Coordinator, The Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Dr. Mary Peabody, Community Economic Development Specialist, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension, and founding director of Women’s Ag Network (WAgN) and the UVM Extension New Farmer project

Masculinities and engaging men in conversations on gender equality and women’s empowerment

Dr. Gary Barker, President and CEO, Promundo U.S.

Laxman Belbase, Global Co-Director, MenEngage

The colonial development experiment nexus and its gender, race and class impacts in the Caribbean

Dr. Tami Navarro, Associate Director, Barnard Center for Research on Women

Dr. Halimah Deshong, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to the United Nations, and Head of the Institute for Gender & Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Women, land, and power: How does gender intersect with agricultural decision-making in the U.S.?

Dr. Angie Carter, Assistant Professor, Environmental/Energy Justice, Michigan Tech

Dr. Gabrielle McNally, Women for the Land Initiative Director, American Farmland Trust