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]

Strong markets, sustainable resource use and effective policy at the centre of agricultural aid

Canberra | Australia | Nov 2017| Australia released a new 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. Recognising the new challenges in the world, posed by globalisation, international competition, political alienation.

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Women’s empowerment – advancing SDG5 and SDG2 by focusing on interconnections

Rome | Italy | Oct 2017 The event was organised by the EC and the PSM to discuss efforts on delivering the SDGs. The inputs focused on interconnections between gender equality and women’s empowerment for better food security and nutrition.

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Women’s rights and role in food crises, conflicts and famine

Rome | Italy | Oct 2017 The Civil Society Mechanism Coordination Committee organised this event to discuss the roles and struggles of women in crises, focusing on the multiple levels of vulnerability.

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Events Gender [ID: 170]
2018
26. February
Global | Monday, 26. February 2018 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The First Arab Land Conference

The First Arab Land Conference will be hosted by the Dubai Land Department and held in Dubai, UAE, between 26-28 /February/2018.

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2018
15. March
Platform | Thursday, 15. March 2018 | New York City, USA

Donor Roundtable on Rural women and girls

This meeting is an opportunity for members of the Platform attending the CSW to network and exchange knowledge about their strategies and approaches to gender equality and empowering rural women and girls.  

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2018
21. March
Global | Wednesday, 21. March 2018 | Nairobi, Kenya

The 16th New AGInternational Conference and Exhibition

New Ag International will host in Kenya, from Monday 19 - Friday 23rd March 2018, two international conferences covering the world of High Tech Agriculture, covering in depth: irrigation, speciality plant nutrition, fertigation, biocontrol, greenhouse technology.

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2018
27. March
Global | Tuesday, 27. March 2018 | Brussels, Belgium

Forum for the Future of Agriculture 2018

The annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) will return to the Square, Brussels on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 for another stimulating debate on the future of European and world agriculture. Free, online registration is now open.

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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]

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

Contact | Member

Melina Archer

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

Social Media Headline [ID: 358]

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