Women as IPM Leaders

Empowering women as leaders in  integrated pest management across Southeast Asia

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Project Description 

 
Women are key agents for agricultural production and pest management in food systems across Southeast Asia.  It is vital, therefore, that the development and implementation of IPM programs consider how women can be empowered to be leaders in this field.  The work in this programme will explore gender-differentiated access to resources, decisionmaking, division-of-labour, perceptions of pest and disease problems and current roles in pest management. The programme will also build a community of learning and explore potential business models for women-led IPM solutions, including the development and use of technology and digital IPM approaches.
  • Information and knowledge-sharing

  • Understanding the enabling environment

  • Small-scale pilots and business models for women IPM entrepreneurs

  • Education exchanges, farmer extension programmes and woman leadership models for IPM

Further Resources

#1

Women's empowerment in IPM

This article provides a short introduction to the importance of Gender Research in IPM: Women’s Empowerment as a Key to Unlocking Food Security. It also provides links to examples and further work.

#2

A Gender Perspective on Pest and Disease Management Paper 

A Gender Perspective on Pest and Disease Management From the Cases of Roots, Tubers and Bananas in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa discusses how the consideration of gender in research on pests and diseases is increasingly important as it facilitates the development of more efficient approaches to increasing the adoption of crop protection technologies and practices by women and men farmers according to their roles, knowledge, and capacities.

#3

Mainstreaming  Gender in the use of  ICTs for Agriculture & Rural Development

This publication, Mainstreaming  Gender in the use of Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Agriculture & Rural Development, looks at the benefits of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) when placed in the hands of men and women working in agriculture and in rural areas. It examines the challenges to be overcome and makes recommendations so that rural communities can take full and equal advantage of the technologies.

#4

Women’s empowerment and gender equity in agriculture

This journal article, "Women’s empowerment and gender equity in agriculture: A different perspective from Southeast Asia" explores empirical evidence of gender inequity from four Southeast Asian countries: Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The findings imply that country-specific gender intervention frameworks are necessary to overcome gender gaps in agriculture.

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Connect

We are keen to connect with stakeholders who are interested in participating in the development of this programme of work. Please contact us if you would like to be on the project team or would like to contribute to this work.