Gender [ID: 37]

Gender

Women provide family and wage labour critical to farming. Yet they are often vulnerable or disadvantaged stakeholders in agriculture and rural development. However, issues related to gender vary across countries and agricultural systems, even within countries.

Such differentiation needs to be carefully taken into account when working towards gender equity and supporting the livelihoods of all people. Gender and agriculture has long been a core theme for the Platform. Women play a vital role as agricultural producers and as agents to ensure food security and nutrition. Yet relative to men, they have less access to productive assets, such as land, or services, such as finance and extension. Their chances to participate in collective action, e.g. as members of agricultural cooperatives or water user associations remain critically low. In both centralised and decentralised governance systems, women tend to lack political voice. Gender inequalities are a root cause of lower food production, lesser income and higher levels of poverty and food insecurity. Agriculture in low-income developing countries is a sector with exceptionally high impact in terms of its potential to reduce poverty. Yet for agricultural growth to fulfil this potential, gender disparities must be addressed and effectively reduced.

The critical contribution of women to agricultural development, food security and nutrition is widely understood and gender is integrated as a central part of the programmes of donor agencies. There are, nonetheless, different emphases: some donors take a “women in development” approach fostering women’s empowerment and their capacity to decide and act together and increase their voice through their own organisations; others focus more broadly on gender and relations between men and women in the household, in the broader community and in policy. Some focus more on promoting gender equity, while others now emphasise the importance of integrating gender equality in their approaches and programming.

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COORDINATION & ADVOCACY

Latest Gender [ID: 169]

GFFA and G20 highlight the role of agriculture in achieving food security

Berlin | Germany | 16 Jun 2016 |The Agriculture ministries of G20 and the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) reaffirmed the role of agriculture and rural development in achieving food security.

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A new way to measure women’s empowerment in agriculture

Bonn | Germany | 1 Oct 2015 |IFPRI released an innovative measurement tool that directly captures women’s empowerment and inclusion in agriculture through household interviews.

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GIZ fact sheets on gender and rural development

Bonn | Germany | 11 Jun 2015 |Women are responsible for meeting the basic needs of their families and play a key role in the subsequent processing and sale of agricultural products.

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Events Gender [ID: 170]
2017
27. April
Global | Thursday, 27. April 2017 | Berlin, Germany

The future of the Rural World Innovation - Youth - Employment

The event is part of the German Presidency of G20 and will focus on the future of youth in rural areas. These areas need innovation and new political perspectives and the participants will discuss ways to connect the rural youth to the modern world. 

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2017
9. May
Global | Tuesday, 9. May 2017 | Utrecht, the Netherlands

Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture Europe 2017

The European edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture will host the Agtech Leaders Summit from 9-10 May to support government, industry and science as hundreds of experts convene to find new ways to ensure sufficient, competitive, safe, and sustainable food production.

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2017
9. July
Global | Sunday, 9. July 2017 | Bangkok, Thailand

Rural Development Conference 2017

This highly exciting and challenging international Conference at the AETAS Lumpini Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand is intended to be a forum, discussion and networking place for academics, researchers, professionals, administrators, educational leaders, policy makers, industry representatives, advanced students, and others. Attendance of delegates from more than 40 countries is expected.

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2017
4. September
Global | Monday, 4. September 2017 | Abidjan, Cote d`Ivoire

African Green Revolution Forum 2017

At the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), participants came together to advance the policies and secure the investments that will ensure a better life for millions of Africa’s farmers and families—and realize the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Interviews Gender [ID: 314]

WEBINAR | Pape Samb, Global Youth Innovation Network

“How do we get young people in rural and urban areas, but more specifically in rural areas, to be part of the solutions of their own problems as young farmers.”

Webinar | Anne Schoenstein, The Association for Women’s rights in Development

“Financing and economic women’s empowerment is still relevant but we still haven’t seen satisfactory progress of integration in agricultural sector. ”

Publications Headline [ID: 315]
Publications Gender [ID: 316]

Economic Empowerment of African Women through Equitable Participation in Value Chains

The report highlights major constraints that limit women’s productivity and inclusion into agricultural economy: no access to assets, financing, limited training, gender-neutral government policy, time constraints due to heavy domestic responsibilities.

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Contacts Gender [ID: 318]

Contact | Secretariat

Jedi Bukachi

Junior Policy Advisor

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Contact | Member

Melina Archer

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

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