Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook

Published: January 2009

The purpose of the Sourcebook is to act as a guide for practitioners and technical staff in addressing gender issues and integrating gender-responsive actions in the design and implementation of agricultural projects and programs. It speaks not with gender specialists on how to improve their skills but rather reaches out to technical experts to guide them in thinking through how to integrate gender dimensions into their operations. The Sourcebook aims to deliver practical advice, guidelines, principles, and descriptions and illustrations of approaches that have worked so far to achieve the goal of effective gender mainstreaming in the agricultural operations of development agencies. It captures and expands the main messages of the World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development and is considered an important tool to facilitate the operationalization and implementation of the report's key principles on gender equality and women's empowerment.

Key Findings

  • The Sourcebook is not a primary research product, advocacy piece, or toolkit; it capitalizes on the real development experiences of task managers and operational staff in designing and implementing gender-responsive agricultural projects. The Sourcebook aims to deliver practical advice, guidelines, principles, and descriptions and illustrations of approaches that have worked so far to achieve the goal of effective gender mainstreaming in the agricultural operations of development agencies. Several principles govern the writing of the Sourcebook:
  • The Sourcebook puts people at the center of the discussion.
  • The Sourcebook recognizes the importance of an integrated and multisectoral approach in promoting sustainable livelihoods.
  • Development activity tends to focus on either the macro or the microlevel. The Sourcebook attempts to bridge this gap by emphasizing the importance of macrolevel policy and institutions to the livelihood options of communities and individuals.
  • The Sourcebook focuses on strengths and opportunities, rather than on needs and weaknesses.
  • In response to the dynamics of agricultural development, the Sourcebook includes anchoring the present in past developments, describing the main drivers of change, and providing a vision for the future.
  • The Sourcebook also brings forth the diversity and heterogeneity of the poor. The context -- who they are, where they are, and what they do -- matters in how effectively gender integration and development goals are achieved.

Populations Rural, Women

Industries Agriculture/Food Processing

Publishers Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Bank, The