About Gender [ID: 308]

Donorplatform engagement in gender

Women involved in agriculture and living in rural areas are often affected by different forms of social inequity that need to be addressed. This involves going beyond measuring the percentage of women among programme beneficiaries to supporting empowerment, equality and rights. Special attention must be paid to women’s workload and time use, sharing of benefits from development interventions and education — especially of girls — to promote voice, increased decision-making power and disposable incomes.

Donor perspectives

Gender-related policy recommendations:

  • The differentiated needs and rights of women need to be recognised in ARD programming, training, research, infrastructure
  • Women must have equal access to services (extension, research, education and training, financial services) and capacity to build their assets (land, water, etc.)
  • Strengthening women rights and voice and building the capacities of their rural organisations are key to enabling them to formulate and demand their rights and access to services. This also supports the political empowerment of women.
  • Investments are needed that reduce women’s domestic and reproductive workload — e.g. rural services, childcare, water, energy —, in building women farmers’ organisations and social capital, and strengthening their rights to land and other productive assets.
  • The economic empowerment of women and their role in agricultural value chains and markets is now receiving increased attention.

Central to activities in support of women’s equality in ARD:

  • A focus on gender in agriculture requires special attention to workload balance, women's rights, voice and education, sharing benefits from development interventions between men and women and giving sufficient priority to productivity, access to technology and innovation, processing and marketing for staple food crops and small-scale livestock
  • Gender inequality has to be tackled as well from the men’s side. Sensitisation and awareness creation of men, especially as regards sharing of household work load, access to resources and benefits and participation in decision-making are crucial for women's empowerment and equality
  • Women’s roles are central in the production, processing and marketing of staple food products that are particularly important in household nutrition
  • As women are often responsible for food-related decision-making in the household, they play a key role in the appropriate utilisation of food and in food security and nutrition at household and community levels
  • Women’s role in cash crop production requires adequate attention, particularly as this impacts on income generation and labour allocation
Contacts Gender [ID: 312]

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Maurizio Navarra

Secretariat Coordinator

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