ICAR Sponsored Short Course from 1st-10th August, 2015 at ICAR-CIWA, Bhubaneswar

A Short Course entitled "Promoting Occupational Safety and Drudgery Reduction among Farm Women" sponsored by ICAR, New Delhi was organized for 10 days from 1st-10th August, 2015 at ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar. A total of 24 participants from seven states including Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Karnataka, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur attended the training programme.

The training programme was conducted through lecturers, brainstorming sessions, video shows, power point presentations, field visits, session on research project formulation etc. The topics covered in the training programme included role of ICAR-CIWA in gender mainstreaming, gender perspective in agriculture research and development, gender concept and tools, ergonomical characteristics of farm women of India, occupational health hazard faced by farm women at their work place, role of Bureau of Indian Standards in farm mechanization, sustainable livelihood support for women in agriculture through schematic interventions, gender issues in agriculture and suitable technologies for reducing drudgery, role of AICRP on Home Science in addressing drudgery of farm women, focusing on gender and drudgery issues in livestock production system, postural discomfort, musculo-skeletal disorder, stress of farm women and participatory evaluation of stress index., women friendly IPM technologies including vermi-composting, improving livelihood security of farm women through dairy farming, occupational skin diseases among farm women, workplace assessment techniques and advantage to farm women, opportunities for farm women in horticulture, women friendly farm tools and equipment for drudgery reduction, gender friendly post-harvest equipment/ technologies, statistical analysis techniques for processing of field data, drudgery faced by farmwomen in horticulture sector, occupational health hazards and technologies for addressing in fishery sector, ICT & gender :- a good mix for reducing information drudgery, minimizing health hazards of farmwomen in seed production and management, drudgery reducing options in post harvest and value addition of horticultural crops among others. The Short Course was coordinated by Dr Jyoti Nayak, Dr Abha Singh, Dr L. P. Sahoo, Miss Gayatri Moharana and Dr S. D. Argade.