Gender in Agriculture Partnership

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

IFAD shares lesson from the field: How to respond to the direct needs of rural women

The IFAD-supported Soum Son Seun Jai – Community-based Food Security and Economic Opportunities Programme – targets approximately 85,000 household members of whom 50 per cent are women. It works to build integrated farming systems and promote access to markets, especially by highly vulnerable, food-insecure and ethnically diverse rural households. The programme has made solid strides in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment thanks to solid gender mainstreaming at programme design, the application of gender-disaggregated result indicators, appropriate targets in the annual work plan and budget, and monitoring and evaluation. A gender- sensitive planning exercise was conducted at the start-up of the programme, and was instrumental in prioritizing development activities which are tailored to the specific interests and needs of men and women.

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This story appeared in the Lessons and Voices for the Field section of the July 2016 issue of the IFAD Gender Newsletter.