Supporting gender sensitive service provision: FAO’s Gender and Rural Advisory Services Assessment Tool
Rural advisory services (RAS) can help women and men farmers increase their productivity and embrace agripreneurship opportunities. Globally, however, women have less access to RAS than men, and the information provided is often less relevant to the needs of women farmers. To help organizations improve their service provision for women, FAO created the Gender & Rural Advisory Services Assessment Tool (GRAST), which evaluates the gender-sensitivity of RAS programs.
The side event will present the tool and share results from validation case studies in Ethiopia, India, Peru & Bangladesh. The innovations and good practices in gender-sensitive RAS and agripreneurship promotion found in the case studies will be highlighted.
Participants can then share experiences and provide feedback on the GRAST. They will be asked to discuss what they have done to increase the gender-sensitivity of service provision, what interesting challenges they have faced, and how they think we can collectively foster greater gender-sensitivity in RAS and promote women agripreneurs