Gender and Agricultural

Recent works that we’ve been doing since last few months.

Gender Transformative Research in Development

Workshop Report: AAS-2012-31 
Past efforts to integrate gender into agricultural research and development practice have failed to address the inequalities that limit women’s access to agricultural inputs, markets, resources and advice.

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Tool Kit on Gender Equality Results and Indicators

Asian Development Bank (ADB), December 2013

This tool kit aims to assist development practitioners to ensure that gender perspectives are incorporated into development initiatives, and to monitor and evaluate gender equality results.It presents a menu of gender equality outcomes, results, and indicators that may be selected or adapted by users. The tool kit will assist specialists in particular sectors to identify gender equality results and indicators; it may also be used by gender specialists who work across a range of sectors.

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Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU),Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP) and Cirrus Management Services (CMS) 2009

This website/Resource CD is about promoting a new consultative process for designing gender-sensitive demand-led programmes for rural women.This design process addresses some of the major limitations in the existing approaches used to support rural women. The description of the methods with live examples from the field (3 states of India) would assist those who are keen to experiment with better approaches. For more details click on

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The Gender in Agriculture Source book

This presents a rich compilation of experiences, some of them ongoing, in which agricultural projects have incorporated gender-related components or adapted their operations to allow for gender variables and engage issues that affect men and women differently. Women continue to face greater difficulties in accessing information, extension, advisory services, and education as well as in owning or acquiring land and technology compared to men. Research, extension, and education systems need to engage women, who comprise more than half of resource-limited farmers, small-scale food processors, and many local traders, if agricultural science hopes to lead to agricultural development. See Module 7 on Gender in Agricultural Innovation and Education for more details.

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Gender in Value Chains

Practical Tool Kit to integrate a gender perspective to agricultural value chain development

Extension services could play an important role in making sure that women too benefit from value chain development. Small producers, especially women, are often excluded from higher value domestic and export markets. To ensure that rural women and their communities benefit fully from value chain employment opportunities, a combination of measures should be considered. This tool kit from Agri-ProFocus Learning Network intends to motivate and help practitioners in integrating a gender perspective in agricultural value chain development, by providing practical tools for all stages in the value chain intervention.

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JAEE Special Issue: Gender Inequality and Agricultural Extension

The five articles in this issue consider diverse aspects of gender and agricultural extension, focusing on experiences from two regions, Asia and Africa. The authors, who draw on their extensive knowledge and experiences of research on gender and extension, address different aspects related to gender and extension, such as gender differences in technology adoption (Ragassa et al.),designing gender-sensitive anddemand-led programmes for women (Jafry and Sulaiman), farm mechanisation and women (Alex), child labour, especially the issue of girl children (Murray) and exploring gender in the innovation process (Kingiri). The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension Vol 19, Issue.
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Closing the gender gap in agriculture: A trainer’s manual by Kathleen E. Colverson

This Trainer’s manual has useful information covering different aspects of ensuring gender equity in agricultural development. This document contains guidelines for facilitators and practitioners including practical tips for making these training sessions participatory and lively.

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Gender Equality and Food Security—WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT AS A TOOL AGAINST HUNGER Asian Development Bank, July 2013

There is a strong relationship between gender-based discrimination and the different channels through which households and individuals access food—through own-production, access to waged employment, or social protection. The report shows that while equality of treatment between women and men and food security are mutually supportive, gender equality remains an elusive goal in many parts of Asia and the Pacific. A transformation of traditional gender roles is urgently needed. Such a transformation should build on improved information about the range of inequalities and specific constraints facing women. In addition, in order for gender equality strategies and food security strategies to complement each other and for their synergies to be maximized, a combination should be found between the recognition of the constraints women face, the adoption of measures that help relieve women of their burdens, and the redistribution of gender roles in the discharging of family responsibilities. The report explores how this combination can be achieved, identifying the best practices that have emerged both in the Asian and Pacific region and in other parts of the world.

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Women”s Collective Action: Unlocking the potential of agricultural markets Baden Sally, 2013, Oxfam International

Which categories of women smallholders participate in collective action in agricultural markets and why?What economic and wider benefits do women smallholders gain from their participation in collective action in agricultural markets?How, and to what extent, does collective action help women smallholders overcome key barriers to their engagement in markets?Which strategies by development actors are most effective in promoting equitable benefits for women from their engagement in collective action in agricultural markets?This research study addresses these questions based on quantitative and qualitative research carried out in Ethiopia, Mali and Tanzania. 

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WE ARE NOT TOO POOR TO SAVE Solutions for the Poorest: Insights on Savings Behavior of Clients,Grameen Foundation and the Livelihood School April 2013

Why would someone already grappling with harsh poverty set aside a tiny portion of their low and unstable income for future needs? And, how much could they save and how often? This study examines the savings behavior of ultra-poor women in Gaya District, Bihar, India and challenges some of our preconceived beliefs and provide new insights for other savings initiatives targeting the ultra-poor.

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