Gender in agriculture sourcebook
The resource is broken into 16 modules based on themes of cross-cutting importance for agriculture and rural development with strong gender dimensions: policy and governance; agricultural innovation and education; food security; product and input markets; rural finance; rural infrastructure; water; land; labour; natural resource management; and crises. Four of the modules focus on specific sub-sectors in agriculture: crops, livestock, forestry, and fisheries. A separate module on monitoring and evaluation is included, providing guidance on tracking implementation and outcomes.
Within each module key Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA) factors are considered: assets; markets; risk and vulnerability; knowledge, information and organisation. This approach provides the conceptual framework to discuss the complexities and synergies that occur between gender equality, livelihoods, food security and poverty reduction issues. Each module also ends with a lessons learned section. For example, in module 15: Gender and Forestry, lessons learned include:
In terms of providing support a sequence of support to community-based organisations working on forestry issues
- Identify existing women’s organisation groups in the proposed project area, their objectives, activities, successes, and constraints.
- Provide demand-driven support and training to those groups that already exist following an analysis of problems and opportunities in forest access and resource use.
- If there are no community-level organisations or associations in which women play an active role, assist local authorities in the creation of self-help groups and village-level development associations in which women can play a more active role.
- Build capacity and provide management training based on the goals of the groups.