Men and women in agriculture: closing the gap
 

Policy interventions can help close the gender gap in agriculture and rural labour markets across a wide range of agricultural inputs, assets and services. Many steps are required by many different actors – governments, the international community, civil society, the private sector and individuals – but the basic principles are the same across the board: 

  • eliminate discrimination under the law,
  • promote equal access to resources and opportunities, 
  • ensure that agricultural policies and programmes are gender-aware,
  • and make women’s voices heard in decision-making at all levels.

The following recommendations reflect specific policies that can help close the gender gap in agriculture and rural employment, by focusing on interventions that alleviate constraints on agricultural productivity and rural development. Priority areas for reform include eliminating discrimination against women in access to agricultural resources, education, extension and financial services, and labour markets;  investing in labour-saving and productivity enhancing technologies and infrastructure to free women’s time for more productive activities; and facilitating the participation of women in flexible, efficient and fair rural labour markets

Education

Education

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Financial services

Financial services

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Information and extension

Information and extension

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Land

Land

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Decent rural employment and farm labour

Decent rural employment and farm labour

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Technologies

Technologies

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SOFA 2010-2011
Gender

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FAO Gender Programme
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

email: gender@fao.org
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