Shift and Share: Lessons from the field

In Shift & Share: Lessons from the Field, presenters will give 5-minute presentations or demonstrations of their research or project, followed by 8 minutes for questions and interaction. The four sessions will be simultaneous and repeated four times so that attendees can move from one to the next and visit all of them in the allotted time.

Dr. Ozzie Abaye - Mung beans in Senegal: A nutritious crop for women?

Mungbean (Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek) is one of the most important food legume crops in Asia, where 90 percent of global production currently occurs. It is also cultivated in United States, Canada, Australia as well as  Africa (especially East Africa) and South America.  This ancient crop believed to have been domesticated in India, from where it spread to other countries. It is well adapted to warm, dry climate and is drought tolerant and can withstand adverse environmental conditions. In 2012, USAID-ERA, through linkages between research, education, and outreach, began investigating the potential utilization of mung bean as a new crop with a nutrition-led agriculture focus, recognizing that acceptance and consumption of mung bean may simultaneously address malnutrition and food insecurity in Senegal. Mung bean is a greater source of protein and fiber when compared to its cultural counterpart, cowpeas, and other staple grains.  Qualitative data obtained by Vashro, 2017 revealed the multidimensional benefits of mung bean in women’s health status, finances, and agricultural production. The qualitative data also identified the surveyed Senegalese women’s perceived need for sustainable community resources in the form of skills focused education, access to water, community gardens, and processing machinery.

Bineta Guisse - Developing the potential of girls and boys: Gender issues in Positive Youth Development programs in Senegal

Senegal’s population is over fifty-percent youth with eight-five percent of the population deriving their income from Agriculture. To support current and future economic development in Senegal 4-H Positive Youth Development has been implemented through a pilot project. In a male dominated culture and environment, we observed changes in youth agriculture knowledge, leadership and unexplored potential for both girls and boys Additionally, an unforeseen outcome has been that adults are having a changing view of youth capabilities. 

Dr. Akshay Sharma - Digital media, literacy and design for empowerment of rural women in India

Micro-financing has impacted millions of lives globally. One challenge that most new members face is their inability to read and write. It translates into lack of understanding of the process as well as limited participation. laXmi a financial literacy education system engages with new members through a simulated experience of a micro financing enterprise. It helps in understanding of the rules, process and the long term impact of savings and investing. Prof. Sharma will present parts of this system in an interactive session.

Ashley R. Taylor - When technology meets culture: Learning to listen to community voices while designing "baby pods" to keep infants warm in Malawi

At the intersection of community, development, and technology lies the story of “baby pod”, a device designed to prevent neonatal hypothermia in Malawi. Designed for use in both in rural hospitals and during ambulance transport, “baby pod” designers worked closely with Malawian collaborators to identify community assets and local resources, ultimately working towards a sustainable device design. This session will discuss critical lessons learned during this project. The most salient lesson learned to date is the importance of considering who is—and importantly, who is not—at the table in participatory design processes. Other theory-to-field insights include the importance of incorporating culture into technology-based efforts and the ever-present challenge of learning to listen to community stakeholders when designing technology and broader solutions.