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Learning from livestock and gender

Photo: ILRI

Recently we posted on ‘Learning from gender research in agriculture’, now its time to pick up some materials and methods from work being done on gender in the livestock and rural poverty realms. Here are some useful websites and materials. I thank Beth Miller for alerting us to these livestock and gender resources.

1. Poverty, gender and impact portal International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI-CGIAR)


Particularly look at the ideas for “Tools for gender and livelihood analysis” at http://www.slideshare.net/ILRI/presentation-4-tools-for-gender-and-livelihood-analysis  and download and check out this handy “Gender, Livestock and Livelihood Indicators” guide: http://mahider.ilri.org/handle/10568/3036

“This guide is a reference point for some of the important indicators that ILRI can use to monitor the changing role of livestock in livelihoods in different production systems and the impact of livestock-related interventions.”

By Jemimah Njuki and colleagues

ILRI also has a Gender and Livestock blog: http://agrigender.wordpress.com/

 a. Gender and social dimensions of keeping rural livestock Africa: Download report.

b. Gender and social dimensions of keeping rural livestock South Asia: Download report.

2. IFAD Gender and Rural Poverty Portal Gender and rural poverty


A particularly useful page with many links to gender and development resources is: http://www.ruralpovertyportal.org/web/guest/topic/resources/tags/gender

Also, the site for the livestock community of practice for livestock http://www.cop-ppld.net/fileadmin/templates/cop-ppld/docs/Strategic_Framework-CoP-PPLD.pdf


Following the 2010-11 FAO State of Food and Agriculture highlighting the gender gap in agriculture (including fish) productivity, and the 2012 World Development Report on gender and development, the global agencies continue to highlight the huge gap between rhetoric and action on gender in the food production sectors.

Gender equality was discussed as a prominent factor of food security at FAO’s celebration of World Food Day (16 October) 2011 and throughout the 37th session of the United Nations Committee on Global Food Security (CFS), held at FAO headquarters 17-22 October.

At a panel discussion on the World Development Report, Ana Revenga, World Bank Poverty Reduction Group Director explained that: “the cost of gender inequality to societies is getting larger, and economic growth will not solve the problem. We need actors and initiatives.” She added that implementing gender equality was rarely a question of increasing resources, but of redistributing them more equally among men and women, and that the relatively low costs incurred in doing so would be amply covered by the long-term benefits.

Read more at: http://www.fao.org/gender/gender-home/…..

New e-platfrom on Gender in Agriculture launching 2 November 2011

Look out for the new World Bank, FAO, IFAD Gender in Agriculture e-platform: https://www.genderinag.org/ginag/

Rural Women’s Empowerment

This Expert Paper by Christine Okali of University of the University of Sussex is well worth reading. It was prepared for the UN Women Expert Group Meeting on  Enabling rural women’s economic empowerment: institutions, opportunities and participation that is now being held in Accra, Ghana, in cooperation with FAO, IFAD and WFP.


Achieving Transformative Change for Rural Women’s Empowerment 

Here is the paper’s conclusion:

“In terms of who can do what, organisations at different levels each have roles to play. UN agencies and other macro-level organisations have a key role to play in changing the way in which women are portrayed, narratives about gender relations, and even more basic understandings about who does what (that has been made central to planning). This may be one of the biggest challenges given the way in which this information has been used to date to promote a feminist agenda. However, a shift is already evident in the 2010 FAO SOFA. Meso-level organisations have a similar role to play but in addition they need to build capacity in the gender analysis that goes beyond comparisons between men and women on roles played and assets owned. What little information there is suggests that agricultural research organisations at this level need to incorporate a gender relations understanding within their participatory strategies, and to contribute insights into the understanding of the role of spouses and others in individual decision-making on say technical change. In terms of highlighting change pathways for achieving women’s economic empowerment, there are gaps in information, especially about supportive environments for change. A starting point for this work would be to identify existing formal and informal institutions that enable women’s agency, voice, claims and opportunities.”