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Webinar to examine methods of engaging men more actively in household nutrition

From: Women and Gender in International Development

The Women and Gender in International Development program will host a webinar featuring Kathy Colverson, associate director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Colverson will deliver a presentation titled “Engaging Men in Supporting Maternal and Child Consumption of Milk and Other Animal Source Foods in Rwanda.”

In many low- and middle-income countries, maternal and child nutrition practices — including the consumption of milk and animal source foods — are considered the responsibility of women. Men, however, can influence nutrition in their households through their decision-making, control of resources, and social support. Despite the role of gender and the importance of men in influencing nutrition in their households, most nutrition programs target women and men are not comfortable participating.

Colverson’s talk will explore methods of involving men more actively in household nutrition through a combination of training and communication materials tailored to meet their needs.

Colverson has been engaged in gender-related research in international contexts for more than 30 years and has held positions with the International Livestock Research Institute and Heifer International. She currently serves as senior gender scientist for the USAID Feed the Future Livestock Systems Innovation Lab and senior gender technical expert for three Gates Foundation projects on Food Safety Issues in the Beef and Dairy Value Chains in Ethiopia.

The Women and Gender in International Development Discussion Series is organized by the Center for International Research, Education, and Development and is an InclusiveVT initiative of Outreach and International Affairs. The series offers an opportunity for scholars and development practitioners to share their research and knowledge surrounding gender and international development with the Virginia Tech community and beyond.

Colverson’s webinar is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Maria Elisa Christie at 540-231-4297 or

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