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Women as IPM Leaders

Empowering women as leaders in  integrated pest management across Southeast Asia

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Women as IPM Leaders Programme

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, decision-making, 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

CONCEPT PAPER: This concept paper outlines the Women as IPM Leaders Programme and was developed through a process of regional consultation. You can download the paper here

Gender and IPM Country Projects

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Over the last 18 months, researchers from across Southeast Asia have been working together to explore the different roles and responsibilities of women farmers in managing pests in key crops of the region. 

These projects involve over ten locations across five countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

More information on this project will be posted soon.

2022 & 2023 Webinar Series

Hear from a range of practitioners including farmers and agricultural extension workers about the importance of inclusive practices in project development and research.

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Women as IPM Leaders Learning Series 2022

Session 1: Role of gender in the management of fruit flies in mangos

Women as IPM Leaders Learning Series 2023

Session 1: Participatory Research: Involving women in project development

Session 2: Role of gender in banana disease management 

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Session 3: Role of communication and gender

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Session 2: Listening to the voices of women farmers

Session 3: The role of agricultural extension workers in gender-sensitive approaches

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Listening to the experiences of agricultural extension workers 

First Workshop of the Women as IPM Leaders Programme 

This first workshop attracted over 300 registrants and 180+ participants to help launch the work of the Women as IPM Leaders Programme. 


Speakers from across the region and further afield shared their experiences and insight on the importance of gender-transformative approaches in agriculture.

A PDF copy of the presentations can be found here.

The video recording of the session can be downloaded here.

2022 Gender and Agriculture in a Changing Climate Workshop
Bali, Indonesia, 6-8 December 2022

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E-Learning Courses

We would like to share free e-learning courses related to gender studies and agriculture. If you know of any please tell us so we can post them.  
 FAO Learning Series

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab


Further Resources


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.

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