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]

‘Empower Women, Power Trade’ Initiative to Strengthen Women’s Economic Empowerment in LDCs

Tokyo, Japan | 23 March 2019

The Enhanced Integrated Framework's new ‘Empower Women, Power Trade’ initiative aims to increase the economic empowerment of women in Least Developed Countries.

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More powerful together: Alone in gender is no solution

March 2019

“More Powerful Together”, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day recognised the important roles we all play to advance gender equality. A number of Platform members’ activities focused on exactly that.

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From Gender Responsive to Gender Transformative: Combating Climate Change with Gender Strategies

Rome | Italy | 17 Oct 2018

Case studies from around the world show that both climate resilience and rural development benefit when women take in a stronger role. A side event at CFS45 on October 2018 gave examples why it is important to strengthen the role of women to increase resilience to climate change.

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Events Gender [ID: 170]
2019
24. June
Global | Monday, 24. June 2019 | Cape Town, South Africa

2019 African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF)

2019
3. September
Global | Tuesday, 3. September 2019 | Accra, Ghana

2010 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)

Topic: Grow Digital - Leveraging digital transformation to drive sustainable food systems in Africa

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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

Oliver Hanschke

Communications Advisor

Contact | Member

Melina Archer

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations