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September 2002

Gender-Disaggregated Data (GDD) for agriculture and rural development

FAO has increased its support to Member Nations to assist in producing and using gender-disaggregated data and statistics. Between 2000-2002, the Gender and Development Service (SDWW) developed a training methodology and materials to help improve the skills of agricultural data producers such as statisticians, planners, and policy analysts in this area.

Following workshops in Namibia and Zambia, FAO worked with policy analysts, data managers, and other technical specialists from ministries of agriculture and central statistics offices to retabulate existing data sets to produce sex-disaggregated databases that can be used with decision-support tools in agricultural and rural development policy formulation and planning. These retabulated data can serve as the basis for carrying out a gender analysis for a more in-depth understanding of agriculture and rural development. They can also be used to introduce a gender dimension into national systems of statistical data production and use.

FAO's GDD training materials are currently being translated into Spanish and French so that they can be field-tested and adapted in the near future.

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