Feed the Future
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Gender and AET Brief

Date Published: 
July 9, 2015

This brief concerns the growing focus of closing gender gaps between males and female participation in all levels of education. In some regions, gendered barriers predominantly affect boys. However, in the majority of the world and particularly among the world’s poorest children, barriers to education overwhelmingly affect girls. This is particularly true in agricultural education where male students predominate worldwide, due in large part to gendered norms and roles that prevent and discourage women from participating in male dominated fields such as agriculture. This, in contrast to evidence showing that women make up an estimated 43% of the agricultural workforce, and that equalizing women’s access to resources could increase agricultural output in developing countries by 2.5-4% - a number that significantly increases when looking at countries in Sub-Sahara Africa. The paper addresses the different barriers and solutions to aiding female mobility within agricultural education, and other sterotypes that need to be eliminated.