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Introduction

22b5a94be2The purpose of the working group is to create an effective global voice for commitment to increased gender equality and women's empowerment through increased access to and participation in Rural Advisory Services. This will be pursued by supporting the GFRAS mission and functions of advocacy with regard to gender equality in rural advisory services.

icon pdf Concept note of the working group (pdf 190KB)

Background

With the UN Millennium Development Goals, gender equality was placed high as a priority for global development through the third goal: PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER WOMEN. Lately there has been much attention also to women's equal economic opportunities, and women's role in agricultural production is becoming a centre of attention in this perspective, as well as in the perspective of improving food security and nutritional status for poor families.

The mission of GFRAS is to provide space for advocacy and leadership on rural advisory services (RAS) within the global development agenda. The GFRAS Steering Committee decided to increase attention to gender equality in advisory services and to provide guidance and advocacy in this area.

There are several organisations that have initiatives or interest in gender equality in agriculture. Some examples are listed here:

  • The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) recently completed a review of case studies on targeting women advisory service providers in capacity development programmes. The review provides recommendations to AFAAS on how to promote and use the best practices.
  • OECD has raised attention to women's economic empowerment – and hereunder also agriculture through the DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET), which is an international forum where experts from development co-operation agencies meet to define common approaches in support of gender equality
  • WB, FAO, and IFAD have developed a website containing resources and information: www.genderinag.org
  • Global Conference on Women in Agriculture, was held 13 to 15 March 2012 in New Delhi, India. The conference was organised by Indian Council of Agricultural research (ICAR) and Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural research Institutions (APAARI) and included a session chaired by GFRAS on engendering agricultural research, education, and extension
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has an internal working group on gender and agriculture
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is conducting several research projects and has resources related to gender in agriculture

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Gender Experts

This list shows gender experts from the GFRAS Roster of Experts.

 

GFRAS has 61 registered members

Search criteria

Name
Organisation
Expertise
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Nigeria
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate change
  • Farmer organisations
  • Food security
  • Gender
  • ICTs
  • Impact evaluation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • NGOs
  • Nutrition
  • Public sector extension
  • Research-extension linkages
  • Technology transfer
Asian Institute of Technology
Thailand
  • Climate change
  • Food security
  • Gender
  • Impact evaluation
  • Research-extension linkages
Asian Institute of Technology
Thailand
  • Climate change
  • Food security
  • Gender
  • Impact evaluation
  • Research-extension linkages
ICRAF
Cameroon
  • Capacity Building
  • Farmer organisations
  • Gender
  • Research-extension linkages
  • Technology transfer
USAID Agricultural Extension Project
Bangladesh
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate change
  • Farmer organisations
  • Food security
  • Gender
  • ICTs
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • NGOs
  • Public sector extension
  • Research-extension linkages
University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamapaign
United States
  • Capacity Building
  • Curriculum development
  • Food security
  • Gender
  • ICTs
  • Impact evaluation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Public sector extension
  • Research-extension linkages
  • Technology transfer
University of Illinois AgReach
United States
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate change
  • Continuing education
  • Curriculum development
  • Farmer organisations
  • Food security
  • Human resource development
  • Gender
  • ICTs
  • Impact evaluation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • NGOs
  • Nutrition
  • Policy
  • Public sector extension
  • Reform
  • Research-extension linkages
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine/ University of Guelph, Ontario
(Not Specified)
  • Capacity Building
  • Curriculum development
  • Food security
  • Human resource development
  • Gender
  • ICTs
  • Impact evaluation
  • Public sector extension
  • Reform
  • Research-extension linkages
  • Technology transfer
The University of Buea
Cameroon
  • Capacity Building
  • Gender
Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development
Zimbabwe
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate change
  • Farmer organisations
  • Food security
  • Gender
  • Impact evaluation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Policy
  • Research-extension linkages
  • Technology transfer