GFRAS Concept Note: Gender Equality in Rural Advisory Services
Increasing gender equality in access to rural advisory services has the potential to make important contributions to a fairer playing field for men and women, and to provide women with their right full potential to contribute to and benefit from economic opportunities in the agricultural sector. Moreover, equal opportunities for men and women are an important precondition for increasing productivity in smallholder farming in most developing countries. Recent publications have emphasised the need for increased gender equality in the agricultural sector . Several organisations are concerned with the lack of results in this area and are therefore seeking guidance on how rural advisory services can fully roll out their potential for inclusion of women into the process of agricultural development on equal terms with men.