Gender Mainstreaming in Agriculture and Rural Development

A Reference Manual for Governments and Other Stakeholders

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This is one of the sectoral guides that are part of the Gender Management System (GMS) resource kit, a series of publications presenting GMS. GMS is an innovative system developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat for gender mainstreaming. The system is a comprehensive network of structures, mechanisms and processes for bringing a gender perspective to bear on all government policies, plans, programmes and projects. The kit consists of a handbook, which presents the GMS in detail; sectoral guides to gender mainstreaming in specific sectors; and resource documents to assist the user in gender analysis, monitoring, evaluation and other aspects of gender mainstreaming. Each sectoral guide also has a corresponding Quick Guide a short, userfriendly publication presenting the essential points. It is designed for policymakers, planners, field staff and other government personnel involved in gender mainstreaming, as well as for academic users, NGOs, the private sector and others who have a stake in advancing gender equality and equity.

This guide seeks to assist governments and other organisations in advancing gender equality and equity in the agriculture and rural development sector. The key gender issues in agriculture explored are: equal access to resources and services (land and water; credit, training and other support services); gender differences in roles and activities; gender and agricultural extension and research; gender and the commercialisation of agriculture; and empowerment and access to decisionmaking.



Recommendations for Action

This contribution to the gender debate is not intended as a rigid template to be superimposed by governments on all the agencies concerned with renewable natural resources, in the expectation that gender mainstreaming will result. It is rather an inventory of the issues which governments are grappling with throughout the developing world in the face of rapid and far-reaching changes, together with a few suggestions which may be helpful in mapping a way forward.


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