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Gender and equity in rural societies

  1. Capacity Building in Gender-Disaggregated Data for Rural and Agricultural Development
  2. Gender Mainstreaming in Agricultural Planning
  3. Knowledge-sharing and capacity building to empower rural women and men - the Dimitra project
  4. Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools
  5. SEAGA - Socio-Economic and Gender Analysis
  6. Community Seed Fairs
  7. Yasarekomo: An experience of indigenous people? communication for development in Bolivia

Building awareness and capacity to obtain Gender-Disaggregated agricultural statistics as a pre-requisite to understanding and addressing issues of gender bias

What problem did it address, where?

For over two decades, numerous international mandates have highlighted the need for accurate and relevant gender statistics, and identified gender data gaps. During Phase I of the Integrated Support to Sustainable Development and Food Security Programme (IP), Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe identified gender-disaggregated data (GDD) for agricultural and rural development as a priority theme of the programme and requested training, sensitisation and capacity-building of statistical data producers and users in GDD in their respective countries. Similar interest/demand for GDD has subsequently been expressed by numerous countries in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) and Latin America regions, and by Lusophone countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.


This GDD capacity-building programme includes: production of GDD training materials in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic to support data production and use; sensitisation/Training of both producers and users (actual and/or potential) in gender issues, concepts and tools for the production, analysis and use of gender-disaggregated data, and; retabulation of existing data to produce gender-disaggregated data sets. Using these materials, GDD national sensitisation/training workshops for statisticians, data users and agricultural researchers have been held in Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Regional workshops have been held in Romania, Czech Republic, Mozambique, Ecuador and Kyrgyzstan. As a follow-up, gender-sensitive retabulation of existing agricultural data sets was undertaken in Namibia, Zambia and Hungary to produce GDD data sets for use in agricultural/rural policy formulation.

Where next?

Based on these experiences, further replication of GDD capacity-building activities and mainstreaming gender in agricultural statistics in other countries should be feasible. In addition to gender sensitisation, such workshops will place greater emphasis on strengthening user-producer linkages, clarifying concepts and definitions and enhancing analytical skills. 

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