Gender in Agriculture Partnership

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

It's time to mainstream youth

Coinciding with Father's day in many countries, the Closing the gender gap in farming under climate change event was hosted on 19 March in Paris. This high-level event gathered many professionals working directly or indirectly with gender issues in agriculture.
The atmosphere in the room was exciting as participants slowly took their seats. While waiting for the keynote presentation to start, I couldn’t help but look around and count the number of men attending the event. To my delight, they nearly outnumbered the women attendees. With a smile, I also remembered my last Gender course at Wageningen University were we had more male students than female. Gender seems to have finally stopped being a “women’s only” field, I thought. I couldn’t have hoped for a better start to the day.
The messages coming out from the keynote presentation were clear: climate change adaptation practices are not gender neutral, women tend to participate less in political and decision-making processes, the use of gender stereotypes in policies and interventions can in turn continue to reinforce women’s and men’s traditional gender roles, intersectionality of gender with other social divides such as race and class is of key importance and gender studies should not treat women and men as two homogenous groups.
Read the full new on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).