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Globalizing Extension Innovation Network

This open group creates a network of professionals interested in globalizing Extension innovation. It shares and develops best practices for augmenting extension programs through cross-cultural and international experiences. The network supports the engagement of extension professionals through educational programs emphasizing understanding of global dynamics and using cultural knowledge.

Gender in Agriculture Programs: Filling the GAP


On behalf of the Gender Equity through Agricultural Research and Education (GEARE) team at The Pennsylvania State University, we are pleased to let you know about a new Penn State Extension online certificate course ‘Gender in Agricultural Programs: Filling the GAP’.

This is an open announcement for individuals to enroll in the certificate program.  You can find the link to register for the course here:

The course is aimed at increasing gender, equity and social inclusion awareness to better integrate women and marginalized populations when working in communities. It’s designed to cater to a broad audience, including agricultural community leaders and practitioners seeking to integrate gender perspectives into their work, as well as international development practitioners, trainers, academics and staff in funding agencies.

By recognizing gender dynamics within communities, learners can leverage this awareness to better integrate women and marginalized populations into projects and programs, including those related to local production enterprises and local governance.

Participants will learn about development theory, gender, empowerment, equality, equity and justice through educational videos, short readings and knowledge check questions. With this theoretical framework, learners will examine masculinity and femininity in agriculture and use this knowledge to build equitable programs in communities.

The certificate course will take approximately two hours to complete. The registration fee is $39.

If you would like more information, please contact Deanna Behring, Assistant Dean and Director of Ag Sciences Global in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, at

Or Dr. Stephanie Buechler, Assoc. Research Prof., Ag Sciences Global, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University at

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