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PROFILE—DR ANASTACIA NOTARTE
THE FACE OF CHANGE
Since 2013 Dr Anastacia Notarte has managed agricultural research and
development for her province of Davao del Norte—an area of more than
three million square kilometres with a population of nearly one million people,
on the southern Phillipine island of Mandanao.
This province is the Philippines’ leading banana producer—with many
plantations run by multinational organisations—and is also Mindanao’s
leading rice producer. Other crops include mango and tropical fruit, coconut,
cocoa and coffee, and fibre crops such as abaca and ramie.
On top of managing the agricultural R&D for her province, Dr Notarte also
leads her team in two ACIAR projects: management of fungus (tropical race 4),
which causes disease in bananas, and integrated pest management in mango.
Filipina women, such as Dr Notarte, have been increasing their presence in
professional and managerial positions, particularly in agricultural innovation
where women have strong footholds in both management and research.
According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, the
Philippines ranks ninth in a global survey based on indicators of gender equality.
A possible reason for the success of Filipina in charge of creating an
innovation culture is their communal, communicative, sharing and supportive
leadership style. Studies show that this contrasts with the agentic leadership
style traditionally preferred by many men, which embraces more assertive,
competitive and independent characteristics.
The women’s more democratic and communal leadership style is also helping
to counter the Philippines’ culturally high Hofstede’s Power Distance Index, which
is defined as the extent to which the less powerful members of organisations
and institutions accept and expect that power is distributed unequally.
These influences mean women such as Dr Notarte are changing not only
the face of R&D but also an established management culture, as reflected in
the current management ratio of 1.5 women to every man.
In Dr Notarte’s case the effect is especially stark given that agriculture,
the dominant industry in her province, is typically dominated by men
and combines a competitive private sector with an expanding network of
public-sector support organisations. Nonetheless, Dr Notarte has successfully
engaged private-sector organisations within her public-sector developments
that are geared towards alleviating poverty and improving livelihoods.
Along the way, she has raised a family and reached the top of her profession
as an R&D manager, researcher and innovator. She credits plenty of hard work
and the role of ongoing education in her success. She has earned a doctorate and
two master’s degrees, one from the University of Queensland. In 2012, Dr Notarte
was awarded an ACIAR John Dillon Fellowship, reflecting ACIAR’s commitment to
her and the province of Davao del Norte as a long-term research partner.
CECILIA O HONRADO—COUNTRY MANAGER
FOR THE PHILIPPINES
Cecilia O Honrado leads a country office
team that provides support for developing
and implementing ACIAR’s programs in
the Philippines. Prior to joining ACIAR, Ms
Honrado worked for the National Economic
and Development Authority (NEDA), the
central planning body of the Government
of the Philippines, the Philippine Council for
Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources
Research and Development (PCAARRD) and
the Southeast Asian Regional Center for
Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture
(SEARCA). She obtained her bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the
University of the Philippines and her master’s in management and
supervision from Central Michigan University in the USA.
NGUYEN THI THANH AN—COUNTRY MANAGER
Nguyen Thi Thanh An has been with ACIAR since 2008 and is experienced in
program management and stakeholder relations. She supports a Vietnam-
based program that currently focuses on resource management, market
linkages, higher-value products from forestry and fisheries, and policy
options for climate change impact and adaptation. ACIAR Vietnam works
closely with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT ),
Austrade and Education sections at the Australian Embassy, the Vietnamese
Government, research partners, the private sector and international donors
to contribute to agricultural development in Vietnam. Ms Thi Thanh An has
extensive knowledge in communications in the private and public sectors.
She holds a Master of Communication for Development from the University
Nguyen Thi Thanh An (left) with two colleagues visiting organic farming
systems managed by an NGO near Hanoi in December 2014.
Dr Anastacia Notarte, recipient of the ACIAR John Dillon Fellowship.
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