FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Training videos highlight gender inequalities in agriculture

Three new video animations form the core of a training toolkit on gender and agriculture, released today by FAO.

Developed by experts at FAO’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, the toolkit highlights the need to consider gender inequalities in agriculture in the region, explains the importance of reliable gender statistics for agricultural and rural development, and presents a set of 18 new gender-related indicators.

Available in both English and Russian, the toolkit is designed for use by development practitioners, policy makers, and United Nations field staff working in the region. 

“FAO is making an effort to raise awareness of gender inequalities and the limitations that women experience in accessing resources and opportunities in agriculture,” said Aroa Santiago Bautista, FAO gender consultant for Europe and Central Asia and one of the toolkit’s authors. “Our hope is that this toolkit will help raise the awareness and skills of policy makers and development planners in identifying women´s needs.” 

The video toolkit presents 18 indicators that can be used for obtaining a more gender-sensitive picture of the reality faced by women and men involved in agriculture, and for measuring gender-related changes over time.

According to FAO data, if women had the same access to inputs as men, agricultural production worldwide would increase by 2.5 to 4 percent and the number of people suffering chronic hunger would decline by 12-17 percent.

Yet, discrimination against women in agriculture is still widespread. In Moldova, for example, women have just 36 percent of all agricultural holdings and own less than 9 percent of all tractors (Agricultural Census, 2011).

“Despite efforts by many governments in the region,” said Santiago Bautista, there is still so much to do when it comes to gender statistics related to agricultural production. This hinders a full understanding of the status of rural women and men – something that is essential in order to develop policies sensitive to their needs.”

23 July 2015, Budapest, Hungary