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]

Canada launches new international assistance policy

Ottawa | Canada | 06 April 2017 Gender equality is positioned at the centre of the policy that establishes women as key drivers of development gains at every level.

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A tool for assessing the gender-responsiveness of agribusiness initiatives

Bristol | United Kingdom | 06 April 2017 Evidence demonstrates that greater attention to addressing gender inequalities results in improved productivity and more sustainable outcomes.

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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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Events Gender [ID: 170]
2017
28. November
Global | Tuesday, 28. November 2017 | Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Africa-EU Summit 2017

Since the historic first Africa-EU Summit in Cairo in 2000, where the Africa-EU partnership framework was established, considerable change has taken place on both continents, which challenge the way Africa and Europe perceive each other.

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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. ”

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Publications Gender [ID: 316]

WOMEN'S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND AGRIBUSINESS

The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development commissioned a study focusing on women's economic empowerment in agribusiness initiatives to enhance the inclusiveness of agribusiness portfolio.

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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