The ICRISAT-HOPE project mainstreams gender issues

Women produce more than half the food in many developing countries, bear most of the responsibility for household food security, and contribute to household well-being through their income-generating activities. Econometric evidence on gender differences in agricultural productivity points to the importance of investing in women by increasing their human capital through education and extension, and by increasing their access to physical and financial inputs. However, women usually have more limited access to resources and opportunities than men, and their productivity remains low relative to their potential.

Despite increased gender awareness, well-documented research findings, and the increasing availability of information on women’s roles at the country level, attention to gender is not yet mainstreamed in ways that maximize the impact of policies and programs. In fact, the pivotal role of women is still not sufficiently reflected in the design of agricultural programs and projects.

The project aims to address sorghum and millets constraints along the value chain with a strong gender perspective in all phases – from project design through to implementation of the objectives, as well as in its monitoring and evaluation activities.

Gender perspectives are integrated into each of the objectives at all stages of the project cycle. Gender analysis is guided by standard gender analysis frameworks and women empowerment frameworks. It is based on careful analysis and understanding of gender roles along the whole value chain, using and generating new gender disaggregated data that will inform future projects.

In consideration of the need to streamline its efforts to empower women and increase their capacity to engage fully in the production of sorghum and millets in target project countries, and to mainstream gender aspects in all phases of its activities, the project has developed a Gender Plan of Action.

Read more about the ICRISAT-HOPE project.