Sesssion summary report done by Andrea Pape-Christiansen (ICARDA)

Session: Capturing good practice in agriculture and food security

Date: 20 Jan, 13:45-15:00, Pakistan room

Facilitator: Andrea Pape-Christiansen

Attendance: 21 (9 FAO, 5 WFP, 5 IFAD, 2 other)

2 presentations:

1. Engendering agriculture censuses

2. Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook


Presentation 1, 1 speaker, 10 ppt presentation and 20 min discussion

Presentation 2: 2 speakers, 10 min total, plus a 2 min video “Why women matter”, 20 min discussion.

Main issues from the discussion around session 1:

– agriculture census data have come a long way from the admission in the early 1990s that women’s role and contribution to agriculture production does not show in the statistics, to developing a methodology using data from Tanzania and Niger, to institutionalizing it into the FAO Statistical Development Series by 2010;

– challenges remain:

– in integrating agriculture and national census data

– in integrating national census data with subnational data, integrating a sub-holder concept, seasonal activities, etc

– in finding sample frames for the agriculture censuses that do not discriminate

against women (ie by using none-land based sampling)

– making use of the disaggregated data by policy makers, and for impact assessments

– by the end of 2009 a toolkit will be released, with examples for disaggregated agricultural data collection and analysis;

– as an outcome of the session, two participants plan to follow up with Diana on work in Afghanistan and Somalia, respectively

– the 2010 State of Food and Agriculture report by FAO intends to include examples of gender disaggregated data use;

Main issues from the discussion around the Gender in Ag Sourcebook:

– the Gender and Agriculture sourcebook is a collection of good practices and lessons learned pulled together by 3 partner organizations World Bank, FAO and IFAD;

– it is an online publication, a living document that will be expanded and updated

– in the process the 3 institutions learned to communicate, trust each other; bi-annual face to face meetings were essential to get to know each other as people and made it easy to then continue to communicate, knowing how to take each others comments

– including diverse ideas from the beginning was key to build ownership of all three partner institutions

– the three institutions had different audiences in mind, and the definition of good practice had to be jointly defined

– next step are expert consultation meetings and the development of gender in agriculture projects

Comment I received from the presenters: they felt that the time suggested for presenting their sessions was too short for the audience to understand enough about the subject to then ask in-depth questions.