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Presentation by Dr Rajendra Paroda, Executive Secretary, Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), at the 2012 Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) in Rio de......

Presentation by Dr Rajendra Paroda, Executive Secretary, Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), at the 2012 Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) in Rio de Janiero, Learning Event No. 13, Session 4: "Addressing the needs of women through agricultural research for development around the world".

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  • 1. Gender in Agriculture Raj Paroda Executive Secretary APAARIAsia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2. GENDER IN AGRICULTURE• Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) laid emphasis on removal of key obstacles for advancement of women the world over• Gender inequalities continue to persist despite women making up nearly half of the world’s agricultural force• In agriculture, not much has happened. Few recent reports: FAO (2010) and World Bank (2012)• For the first time, a Global Conference on Women in Agriculture (GCWA) was held on13-15 March, in New Delhi
  • 3. Global Conference on Women in AgricultureOverarching Goal• Empowering Women for Inclusive Growth in AgricultureObjectives• To discuss and deliberate the prevailing and emerging gender issues in agriculture• To have evidence on experiences in enhancing role of women in agriculture• To understand the mechanisms and approaches adopted by various organizations and countries• To ensure that policy initiatives are gender sensitive and there is a Framework for ActionParticipants• 760 participants from 50 countries participated• Co-Sponsors: ICAR, APAARI, GFAR, CGIAR, USAID,ACIAR, ADB, World Bank, IDRC, UK Aid, BMGF, TAAS, RAGA
  • 4. Global Conference on Women in AgricultureConference Structure:Policy Fora• Reforms in empowering women in agriculture• Institutional changes for capacity buildingParallel Sessions• Assessing women’s empowerment in agriculture• Agricultural innovations for reducing drudgery• Linking women to markets• Role of women in household food and nutritional security• Access to assets, resources and knowledge: policies and services• Impact and responses to climate change related risks and uncertainties: their impactPlenary Sessions• Strengthening capacity building and partnerships• Need assessment and future strategy• Toward more effective joint actionAlso, there were three working Groups, Poster Presentations(242) and Innovation Market Place
  • 5. Global Conference on Women in AgriculturePriority Areas for Action:• Making importance of gender in agriculture more visible and recognized• Strengthening evidence and knowledge to address specific needs of farm women• Promote collective action and leadership of rural women and address effectively existing discrimination.• Establishing rights to ownership and access to resources to ensure inclusive growth• Promoting partnership through coordination and convergence at national, regional and global scale
  • 6. Global Conference on Women in AgricultureNext Steps:• GCWA synthesis report now available on the website of Co-organizers ( ICAR, APAARI, GFAR)• Participatory multi-stakeholder process to be facilitated by GFAR to build Gender in Agriculture Partnership (GAP)• A draft proposal for GAP to be presented at GCARD2 for further discussion and general agreement/endorsement• The GCWA be held regularly in future. The next to be hosted by FARA in Africa in 2015 in order to assess the progress on Action PlanKey Message: Woman Farmer First
  • 7. Global Conference on Women in Agriculture “In order to awaken the people, it is thewomen who have to be awakened. Once sheis on the move, the family moves, the village moves, the nation moves.” Jawaharlal Nehru, the First Prime Minister of India
  • 8. www.gcwa2012.in