Global Donor Platform for Rural Development
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The Platform policy brief on gender and agriculture was interesting and provided insights concerning different strategic positions of Platform members as well as common concerns and directions.
Austrian Development Agency
Women play a vital role as agricultural producers and as agents of food and nutritional security. 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 as members of agricultural cooperatives or water user associations remain critically low. In both centralised and decentralised governance systems, women tend to lack a 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.
This thematic group wishes to raise the profile of gender and youth equity in agriculture. It aims to participate in important events such as GCARD2 for strengthening gender and youth-specific concerns in ARD.
Draft version of the annual workplan for Platform activities.
Global objective__ To increase the knowledge of ARD specific opportunities for gender equity and promote their implementationy
Knowledge sharing (internal)
Increase visibility of and engagement to promote ARD’s potential towards gender equity
i1) Members exchange about existing gender strategies
i6) Members develop TOR, discuss content on the linkages between nutrition, gender and agriculture for ICN+21 (13-15 November 2013) and share Platform policy brief with policy makers and other relevant stakeholders
i1) Organise information exchange via telephone conferences, interviews, website etc.