Webinar [ID: 137]

Assessing gender-responsiveness in agricultural programms

The successful implementation of Agenda 2030 will partly depend on the progress the international community makes towards women's empowerment and gender equality. Women are already playing leading role in agriculture sector, with their contribution only likely to increase in many regions affected by conflict and migration outflows.

Althogh the role of women in agriculture is recognised and well documents, there is still a knowledge gap on the implementation of gender mainstreaming in agricultural projects. The gender workstream of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, with the support of the trade and inclusive agribusiness worktream, commissioned a study to analyse the current performance on gender-related activities and to identify future areas for action. The study analysed agribusiness initiatives from a gender perspective and the outcomes, as well as the new tool to measure the gender-responsiveness of the programmes, were presented at the webinar organised by the secretariat of the Platform.

Below you can find three videos from the webinar - the input from Canada on their new Feminist International Assistance Policy, Clare Bishop on the outcomes of the study and FAO on women empowerment and agribusiness.

Canada's feminists international assistance policy

New development policy - Canada focusing on women's empowerment and gender equality

Amrane Boumghar from Global Affairs Canada presented the entry points for agriculture and food systems in Canada's new Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP). Canada sees SDG5 as the entry point for all other SDGs and recognises the focus on gender equality and women empowerment as the most effective way to reduce poverty and build more inclusive, peaceful and prosperous world.

Gender-sensitivity of donor-funded agribusiness projets

Clare Bishop presenting on assessing gender-sensitivity of donor-funded agribusiness projets

Clare Bishop, a renowned gender and rural livelihoods specialist, presented the outcomes of the study commissioned by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development. The study explored what different donors are doing around the issue of agribusiness and developed a tool to rate the gender responsiveness of these projects in the filed and at project management level. The study summarised the main domains of gender inequality and defined several recommendations for future activities.

FAO on women empowerment, gender equality and agribusiness

Martha Osorio on women empowerment, gender equality and agribusiness

Martha Osorio, representing FAO as one of the leading members of the gender workstream of the Platform, put the study and the new Canadian policy in the perspective of inclusiveness and transformation as two of the main integral parts of agriculture and rural development on the road to implementing Agenda 2030. FAO welcomes the outcomes and new initiatives by the members and is looking forward to contributing to the gender transformative agenda with more research activities, normative support through the implementation of RAI and through engaging in programmes in specific gender relevant supply chains.

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