Activities for Gender Mainstreaming in IPMS Pilot
Ideas Learning Woreda Activities
Reasons for gender mainstreaming in IPMS project
? Gender roles and relationships play determining roles in the workloads, the
use of resources and sharing the benefits of production in the agricultural
sector in Ethiopia.
? Many of the benefits from introducing new technologies and practices and
improved service provision bypass women.
? If ignored, these factors may be detrimental to the long term sustainability of
? PASDEP has target that 30% of women farmers in male-headed households
and 100% of female-headed households will be participating in rural
development initiatives by 2010.
Objectives of gender mainstreaming in IPMS activities in PLW
? Understand the gender context of the priority commodities and services to be
supported by IPMS.
? Develop the skills of PLW stakeholders to identify and address gender issues
in the agricultural sector.
? Identify opportunities to enable women and men to have equality of
opportunity to participate in project activities.
? Contribute to the knowledge base about gender in the agricultural sector.
How to use this ideas sheet and gender checklist
? This ideas sheet presents various activities for gender mainstreaming that
may be relevant to consider when designing an IPMS activity, such as
training, field visits, technology development.
? The checklist (on a separate page) is to be completed during the planning of
the activity to summarise actions for gender mainstreaming and highlight
1. Understanding ? Collect gender and analyse data for each priority crop, enterprise and
gender issues in technology (covering workloads, marketing, decision-making, sharing of
priority crops and benefits).
enterprises ? Understand gender differences in accessing information sources and services
? Identify gender differences in participation in social networks, group
membership and leadership. 2. Awareness raising ? Work with appropriate partners to promote gender awareness at all levels on gender issues (including woreda administration and PA leadership), through workshops,
briefing sessions etc.
? TOT training for woreda and frontline staff (BoA, OPRD, Women’s Affairs,
DAs, health extension workers) to be competent in gender awareness
training at the community level.
? Facilitate access to relevant gender materials in woreda knowledge centre and
FTCs (translate into local languages).
? Include an item on gender issues in each IPMS workshop, field event etc.
3. Gender empowerment through IPMS activities ? Increase women’s ? Work with partners to facilitate women’s access to extension advice, credit and
access to and control inputs, especially for crop and livestock enterprises that are mainly in over assets women’s domain.
? Target women and female-headed households to participate in process of
technology development, transfer and adoption.
? Initiate efforts with partners to work towards ensuring a fair use of household
income through awareness raising and behaviour change communication.
? Explore setting up of women’s self-help groups for savings and credit. ? Increase women’s ? Actively involve women in training activities.
access to skills and ? Experiment with different training approaches to increase women’s knowledge participation (eg training for couples, separate training for women,
timing/venues convenient for women).
? Support functional adult literacy classes for women and men.
? Develop women’s and men’s skills in managing and saving money.
? Explore setting up of women’s self-help groups for knowledge sharing. ? Increase women’s ? Explore feasibility of organising women involved in producing priority
participation in commodities into groups for volume production and stronger market market-oriented bargaining power. agricultural ? Explore setting up of women’s self-help groups for processing and marketing, production including sharing market information.
? Strengthen ? Train women in group formation, leadership skills, confidence building and
women’s decision-negotiating skills. making role in the ? Design strategies to provide women with more knowledge and information to household, farmer enable them to make informed decisions. groups, local
? Improve well-being ? Identify and promote labour saving technologies for activities performed by
and ease workloads women in relation to priority commodities, as well as other household tasks. by facilitating ? Involve women in technology demonstration and application in order to access to labour understand and assess the impacts of technologies on their workloads. saving technologies. ? Change mindsets in rural communities to move towards more equitable
workloads between women and men.
? Consider labour requirements of whole farming system, rather than individual
enterprises, and assess the availability of/capacity to hire additional labour to
cope with labour peaks or other means of labour spreading.
4. Operational measures for gender mainstreaming Set specific targets in ? Examples of target for women’s participation: 50% of trainees in crop
terms of the proportion marketing will be women; 30% attendees at field day will be women. of women participants ? Example of target for women’s representation in marketing group: women will in different activities account for at least 40% of membership, 30% of leadership positions and will and relevant decision-hold at least one office-bearing position. making bodies.
? Develop capacity of extension service/DAs to mainstream gender in their
activities (eg calling meetings, FTC training, field days). Increase the ability of
field staff to ensure ? Encourage female extension staff to participate in IPMS training, field visits. outreach to women ? Encourage female extension staff to attend IPMS field activities in order to
encourage women farmers to attend.
Select NGO/partners ? Review activities and experiences of potential partners to determine their
with experience/ commitment to gender equality.
willingness to working ? Encourage partners to mainstream gender in their activities. with women
Identify gender-? Collect, analyse and report information in a gender-disaggregated manner. disaggregated