Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

2016: Meet YPARD's Youth in Gender Champions

Globally, women play a very key role as far as agricultural production is concerned. However, they have lesser access to productive resources like inputs, land, financial services, extension services etc. and the situation is much more worse in rural areas. A certain proportion of these women happen to be youths.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation 2010-11 State Of Food and Agriculture, closing the gender gap in agriculture could increase agricultural productivity by 20-30% .Its also a fact  central to this year's International Women's Day theme of "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” . However, this is a feat that could only be achieved if men and women work together to ensure gender mainstreaming in various agricultural activities globally. But, at the same time, we can't negate the Gender in Agriculture strides that have been made so far.

In line with the 2016 International Women's Day, celebrations, YPARD is highlighting some of the  young women and men across the globe who are championing for the rights for  youth inclusion in the policy debate especially on matters gender equality. These Young men and women were part of the 2015 Young women and Youth's Gender Perspectives in Agricultural Development series that highlighted young professionals' experiences for women's empowerment in agricultural development. From research to private sector, mass media to civil society work, the Gender series featured, every month, young "gender champions" from different regions of the world. It also highlighted YPARD as special youth catalyst in the GAP : Gender in Agriculture Partnership. 

Click here to "meet" all of the Youth in Gender Champions!

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