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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Center for Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) gender and animal health teams facilitated community conversations (CCs) about gender roles in livestock husbandry in three districts in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) and Amhara region from 30 May–07 June 2018. These dictricts were: Doyogena (Hawora Arara and Ancha Sadicha kebeles) of SNNPR from 30 and 31 May; and Menz Gera district (Sine Amba kebele) and Menz Mama district (Key Afer kebele) of Amhara from June 6–7. In Doyogena, the team held the conversations in farmer training centres (FTCs) of the respective kebeles. A total of 105 (44 female) participants participated in the conversations conducted in Doyogena. In Menz Gera district, the team used the meeting room of the office of agriculture and livestock development. In Menz Mama district, the team held community conversations in openair in a semi-circular seating arrangement. In both districts, 109 (34 female) participants participated in the conversations.
The ILRI and ICARDA team worked with local community facilitators. Veterinary and gender focal persons from Areka and Debre Birhan agricultural research centres and Doyogena office of agriculture, Menz Gera and Menz Mama district offices of agriculture and livestock development, as well as community vet assistants in the four kebeles formed a team of local community conversations facilitators. They took the responsibility to organize, facilitate and follow up community conversations. A fact sheet on the purpose and process of organizing community conversations, as well as a facilitation guide was shared with the local team. These formed two teams—Doyogena and Menz facilitation teams.
Before the actual community conversations, the ILRI/ICARDA team trained the two local facilitation teams on the purpose, methodology and documentation of community conversations. During the training, participants shared their experience of working with groups and they were familiarized with practical tips for facilitating group events. In Menz, we shared the lessons we learned from Doyogena district, where the first CC session was conducted.
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