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How Can Agricultural Education and Training Better Reach Women?

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<![endif]-->The Innovation in Agricultural Training and Education—InnovATE—project is working to ensure long-term sustainability of agriculture capacity through human and institutional capacity. InnovATE and its partners specifically focus on agricultural education and training (AET), including empowering women and girls’ participation.

By examining gender-specific barriers to women’s participation in AET programs and institutions in countries around the world, InnovATE charted pathways to success for women’s participation in agricultural education. This increased education opportunity translates into developing high quality workers and scholars dedicated to global issues like hunger and poverty. Learn more about these issues and how to integrate solutions for empowering women in agricultural education and training:

  • Empowering Women for Success in Agriculture: The fact that women make up an estimated 43 percent of the agricultural workforce worldwide but generally lack access to agricultural education must change. Read the overarching analysis about “why” and “how” women’s participation in AET must be strengthened.  
  • Breaking Barriers to Girls’ Education: Menstrual Hygiene Management: Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) helps girls and women overcome the hindrance menstruation can pose to their education and overall economic opportunity. MHM also helps practitioners “break the silence” when facing menstruation as a constraint to women and girls' participation in education.
  • Changing the Perception of Agriculture for More Women’s ParticipationWhat can we do to encourage girls to participate in agricultural education and training? InnovATE talked to women and girls in agriculture about their challenges and some of the stigmas they face as women in agriculture. Find out what was learned and how to change the perceptions to empower society to re-imagine gender assumptions in agriculture.

This InnovATE gender series is part of an Agrilinks spotlight on agricultural education and training. Read introductory posts about the role of AET in ending poverty and hunger and how it promotes sustained growth in agricultural economies. Stay tuned for more on AET in 2016! Contact lostenso@kdad.org if you have comments, questions, or would like to learn more about integrating AET in your own project.