GCP /RAF/338/NOR - Gender, Biodiversity and Local Knowledge System to Strengthen Agricultural Development, Phase II. The project will achieve its goal through pursuit of the following immediate objectives, which provide a framework of support to project partners in three interlinked and mutually reinforcing areas: ? Capacity building: Enhance the ability of researchers and development workers from key partner organizations to apply an understanding of gender, local knowledge, biodiversity and food security in their work by providing them with diverse learning opportunities as well as skills enhancement in gender-sensitive and participatory approaches. ? Research: Increase the visibility of men and women?s knowledge about the use and management of agro-biodiversity among key development workers and decision makers by supporting documentation of good practices, research and communication. ? Action: Enable partner institutions to develop strategies and take actions that promote a greater recognition of rural people?s knowledge, needs and perspectives by providing financial and technical support for partner?s initiatives at all levels.