|Ellen Lewis meets with female association members|
in the DR to discuss OD needs (2009).
|F2F field staff, Elisa Estrada, shows|
off a dairy cooperative's new milk label.
[During this F2F assignment], I will make use of my cumulative experiences in organization development to strengthen the OD role in the empowerment of women, using systems thinking methodology. Through observations, interviews, and the introduction and development of a locally relevant methodology of systems thinking, the resulting knowledge could help support organizational and cultural change that leads to sustainable results in the empowerment of women."
Ellen has met with three dairy cooperatives to assist with baseline data collection, discuss their successes and challenges in their efforts to include women in more prominent roles in the value chain, and identify areas of support for future F2F volunteers. She states, “Their willingness to discuss their successes and their challenges with their value chains and their efforts to include women in more prominent roles is heartening. I see the opportunity for a greater impact not only on income levels for rural dairy farmers but also a keen interest in the involvement of women as decision makers and planners."