Embedding gender and diversity in the Plantwise Programme: overview of findings

Embedding gender and diversity in the Plantwise Programme: overview of findings

It is widely assumed that women are not heavily engaged in agriculture, however data from around the world highlights the critical role that women play in agricultural production, especially in less-developed countries. In spite of the significant contribution they make female farmers often lack equal access to productive resources and opportunities. In many of the Plantwise countries female smallholder farmers form a large proportion of the farming populace, yet gender roles and socio-cultural structures often limit their agricultural productivity, efficiency and effectiveness at all points of the value chain.

Ensuring that different groups of women and men are able to access Plantwise services requires an understanding of the roles and responsibilities, barriers and constraints to different groups’ accessing information through the Plant Clinics, implementing the various prescriptions and taking practical action to reduce some of those barriers.

The aim of this assignment was to undertake a gender appraisal in four case study countries to assist Plantwise to operationalise its Gender Strategy and better embed gender and diversity in the Programme.

A wide range of documents was reviewed and a matrix developed to guide the appraisal process, identify the key information required and the potential source of that information. Field visits were undertaken to Kenya, Ghana, Pakistan and Bangladesh to meet with key programme stakeholders, including Plantwise country and regional staff, implementing partners, Plant Doctors and community members

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