Overcoming gender biases requires attention to constraints in equitable provision of services and equitable access to socio-economic opportunities, including key resources needed for food production, processing and marketing. FSP builds on past and on-going support to national agricultural and food policy systems in understanding and utilizing tools that remove gender-related barriers in agriculture and strengthen women’s engagement in five domains:
- decisions about agricultural value chain related activities
- access to and decision-making power over productive resources,
- control over use of income,
- leadership in the community, and
- time use.
There is a vital need to conduct more empirical analysis to better understand the policy interventions needed and where and how to implement them to ensure greater gender equity. The collection of more gender-sensitive data helps strengthen analytical capacity, which in turn is likely to lead to gender mainstreaming. FSP informs development partners and policy-makers about inequalities in gender-resource access and decision-making as well as about impacts of past interventions on women’s empowerment, food security and agricultural productivity.
Improving networking between women’s groups and other key stakeholders in the policy system facilitates the articulation and shaping of gender-related issues in policies and interventions. Opportunities for greater representation of women’s organizations in both private and public institutions is sought to ensure that women have an equal voice in the decision-making processes. Strengthening research on key gender-related issues, building capacity for gender-responsive public investments, enhancing analytical work carried out by public and private sector stakeholders, and giving a stronger voice to women, are all strategic actions that our team encourages in order to adequately integrate gender into country-level policy agenda.
Photo: Woman harvesting coffee in Rwanda (credit: Ruth Ann Church)
Policymakers often incorrectly understand gender to mean addressing women’s issues. E. Mkandawire and S. Hendriks explain in an Agrilinks blog.
FSP in Mali compared adoption and intensity of fertilizer use as well as productivity between men and women growers of sorghum within the same households. An AgriLinks post, August 31, 2017
The National Agriculture Policy (NAP) defines the vision for development of the agricultural sector in Malawi over the next five years.
T.S. Jayne and Felix K. Yeboah, Bonn, Germany, March 8, 2018
Maria Claudia Lopez, Roundtable, June 2017, Kigali, Rwanda
Ayala Wineman, Population Association of America 2017 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 27–29, 2017