Why a Gender in Agriculture Partnership (GAP)?
Women’s contributions to agricultural production, processing, marketing and household food security and nutrition often go unrecognized. Yet, on average, they represent 43 percent of the world’s agricultural labour force (FAO, 2011) and 47 percent of the global fisheries labour force (World Bank et al., 2010). Despite their significance, women commonly suffer huge gender inequalities in access to land, productive resources, markets, decent jobs and information.
A growing body of compelling evidence shows that reducing these inequalities and improving women’s and girls’ social status and education leads to substantial increases in agricultural productivity, value-addition and incomes, reduced losses and wastage, improved food quality and safety, and better household food and nutrition security.
What is GAP?
Since no single institution or individual can resolve these immense challenges alone, Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) Stakeholders are now working together to build a vibrant, collective movement for change. Launched at the first Global Conference on Women in Agriculture (GCWA, New Delhi, March 2012), GAP is a multi-stakeholder network for action, developed through the passion and commitment of individuals across many civil, private, governmental and inter-governmental institutions at global, regional, national and local levels, working together to promote gender equity and empower women in agriculture.