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C2.2. Research for Empowering Youth and Women in Agriculture (REYWA): India perspective


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C2.2. Research for Empowering Youth and Women in Agriculture (REYWA): India perspective

  1. 1. Research for Empowering Youth and Women in Agriculture (REYWA): India Perspective Krishna Srinath and H.K.DashDirectorate of Research on Women in Agriculture Bhubaneswar, India
  2. 2. Broad Objectives• Addressing gender issues and empowering youth and women in agriculture through well informed research planning and policy makingBroad strategies• Gender sensitive methodology• Participatory approach• Collective action by institutions DRWA
  3. 3. Priority areas of action• Progressive engendering of agricultural research and extension Agrl. Research Gender issues/gender- . specific Horticulture constraints/gaps in Social Science Research agriculture Gender Research Crop How gender Livestock Assess issues/gaps affect women and Fisheries agricultural growth & NRM & development Solutions to reduce Others gender gap and empower women in tune with the goals of agricultural development DRWA
  4. 4. Contd---• Develop and demonstrate science and Technology based models for women and youth in agriculture• Create effective networks to leverage strengths of institutions and human resources• Greater interaction and convergence between Home Science and other disciplines (crop, livestock, fisheries etc.) of agriculture• Creating global awareness about importance of women in agriculture (by observing a day as women in agriculture day every year –in India Dec 4 is observed) DRWA
  5. 5. Challenges for partnerships on gender-some Lessons• Lack of congruence between agri-research and development priorities; institutional priorities and sectoral priorities• Apprehension and uncertainty about the output /outcomes of partnerships on gender based agricultural research• Lack of a shared understanding and goal among partners• Limited understanding of the subject ‘gender’ and its relevance for specific institutional mandate• Communication gap among partners during formulation and implementation of the programme• Partnership as a research/programme management methodology not yet well embedded into institutional framework DRWA
  6. 6. Measures to create greater impact• Well-Planned programme on capacity building to create gender sensitized researchers and a cadre of gender professionals for agri- research• A collaborative programme on ‘strengthening gender perspective in agricultural research’ to demonstrate value of gender research and women empowerment• Create institutional structures -gender assessment and monitoring (GAM) cells within research organizations The very objective of adding gender perspective in agri-research is to make research output contextually relevant and socially appropriate so as to improve their development effectiveness DRWA
  7. 7. Intended outcomes• Greater sharing of new information, knowledge, technology and evidences (for gender based R&D planning )• Methodology, approach and models for empowerment of youth and women• Enhanced capacity of women for both individual and collective action in agriculture• More productive space for women and gender synergy DRWA
  8. 8. Thank You DRWA