The findings of the study were presented to a group of development stakeholders representing various ministries, development agencies both from UN and bilateral affiliations, Non-Government Agencies and academic and research institutions (Annex 2). The National Policy Dialogue meeting served a forum for discussing the outcome of the study and thus to validate the findings as well as to generate recommendations. The synthesis report includes the recommendations of the team as well as those relevant ones that emerged during the policy dialogue.
Policy Dialogue Stakeholders
The major recommendations that emerged were:
The importance and relevance of developing reliable sex-segregated and gender - differentiated database relevant to agriculture and rural development.
Improving social research in agriculture sector with sex-segregated data approach.
Information need on rural womens health impacts in pesticide intensive agriculture production.
The importance of developing curriculum content that address gender considerations.
The importance of making teachers sensitive to gender considerations in imparting education.
Identifying opportunities for rural women beyond the socially prescribed gender roles.
Training rural women in non-traditional vocations to find employment in industrial sector.
Provision of village based training for rural women.
Leadership development for rural women.
Improving rural womens information access to government programmes and services.
Providing loans to obtain technologies to improve rural productivity.
The stakeholders proposed expansion of the pilot study to all the provinces
The stakeholders emphasized the importance of sharing the findings of the study widely.