Gender and development People

Posted September 1996

FAO Programme of Work and Budget,1996-97
Sub-Programme 2.5.2.1
Women in Agriculture and Rural Development

Activities of the FAO Regional Office for Africa (RAF)


Focus

The sub-programme coordinates the implementation of FAO's Plan of Action for Women in Development. It ensures the integration of gender concerns into FAO's mainstream programmes and projects.

Policy advice and technical assistance is to be provided to Member Nations to implement national level WID plans of action and strengthen related institutional arrangements. The sub-programme develops methodologies and tools, and formulates training programmes for development specialists and programme planners to integrate socio-economic and gender concerns in projects and programmes. It also aims at re-orienting home economics and agricultural training curricula.

Collaboration with other UN agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations on gender concerns is ensured.

Finally, the sub-programme supports assembly, analysis and dissemination of gender-disaggregated agricultural and rural data and statistics.

Programme elements

Element 100: Policy Advice, Programme and Project Planning

Description:
To seek collaborations with National Planners and Policy makers to develop and/or strengthen WID machineries or units capable of designing and implementing programmes for rural women. RAF will continue to prepare and field test basic training manuals, facilitating the implementation of the development solutions proposed by the National WID machineries, which are sustainable and tailored to their institutional context. The work of this sub-programme will encompass: wider introduction of innovative numeracy and simple bookkeeping training manuals, strengthening women's capacities to manage their micro-enterprises, thus enhancing food security at household level.

Main Outputs:

  1. Publications:
  2. Methodologies:
  3. Training:

Element 200. Training and National Capacity Building on WID/Gender in Development

Description:
Under this element, FAO will continue to develop tools and methods on socio-economic and gender analysis and to organize and participate in various training programmes in order to increase the capacity of FAO and Member Nations to take into account the specific concerns of rural women and men in the development programmes and projects. RAF activities are linked to the Socio-Economic and Gender Analysis (SEGA) programme being developed and implemented by FAO Headquarters in collaboration with UN and other organizations. Regional activities and experiences are as much as possible integrated in the development and testing of the SEGA training materials, in particular in the field of gender and environmental programmes and developing/improving gender disaggregated agricultural statistical data.

Main outputs determined and managed by FAO SDWW.

Element 300. Home Economics, Farm Households, Food and Technology

Description:
To support the reorientation of the curricula of agricultural and home economic training institutions. RAF will follow up on preliminary work undertaken to develop gender relevant training material for agricultural extension workers. Pilot activities will be undertaken to test in selected countries draft training material and to provide recommendations for wider introduction and additional support required to increase agricultural services to women farmers.

Main Outputs:

  1. Publications
  2. Methodologies
  3. Training:
  4. Support to member countries:

Element 400. Support and Coordinate Inter-Agency, National and NGO WID/ Gender Actions

Description:
To promote the continued collaboration with other agencies in the UN system as well as governmental as non-governmental organizations on matters pertaining to the status of rural women. Collaborations will be strengthened with Regional bodies operating in related technical fields, like credit - rural banking, training - adult education and others, to make optimum use of Regional expertise. Furthermore, RAF will continue to plan and direct informal Inter-Agency meetings at national level, to improve information exchange and collaboration in support of coordinating efforts by the National WID machineries. Renewed effort will be made to extend this practical and effective support to more Member Nations, with assistance of the FAO Representations in the Region.

Main Outputs:

  1. Publications:
  2. Meetings:

Element 500. Women, Environment and Sustainable Development

Description:
To respond to recommendations embodied in Agenda 21 of UNCED, especially Chapter 24 "Global Action for Women Towards sustainable and Equitable Development". The RAF programme has prepared a proposal for a pilot programme entitled "Gender Analysis and Training in the Management of Natural Resources". Training material from the successfully FAO executed programme "Gender Analysis and Forestry Training in Asia" will be adapted to the African situation and be expanded to also cover the natural resources 'land' and 'water' in addition to the 'forestry' information. This activity is closely linked with RAF's ISCRAL programme (International Scheme for Conservation and Rehabilitation of African Lands). As a separate but related activity, action will be undertaken to explore training requirements in the field of gender and irrigation extension, in line with the organization's preoccupation to reduce hardships related to scarcity of water.

Main Outputs:

  1. Publications:
  2. Methodologies:

Element 600. Data Collection and Studies, Communications and Information, and WID/Gender Statistics

Description: To support the collection, compilation, analysis and diffusion of data and statistics disaggregated by gender. The RAF Programme focuses on collaborations with National Statistical Departments, starting with West African Member States, to review the availability of gender disaggregated agricultural statistical data and to set up joint programmes to improve existing agricultural statistical data collection systems. This activity forms part of RAF's overall effort to set up an agricultural data base for the continent. Information exchange will be promoted on country specific cost effective results. A pilot programme has been prepared for Zimbabwe where a 3 day workshop will be organised to establish the modalities for dialogue between producers and users of statistical data, to consolidate the requirements for gender disaggregated agricultural statistical data and to formulate recommended actions to improve the availability and use of gender disaggregated data.

Main Outputs:

  1. Methodologies:
  2. Training:
  3. Support to member countries:
  4. Information systems and databases:

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