Gender and Agriculture in Trócaire Programmes: Status and practical recommendations
Trócaire programmes have been addressing gender issues in numerous ways throughout Trócaire’s history and take pride in the many successes of our partnerships in highlighting gender imbalances and applying interventions to redress them. Trócaire has a specialised gender team with six programmes and also mainstreams gender throughout all its activities from policy to implementation.
Rural livelihoods are largely based on producing food and other products from a natural resource base and women are major players in this economy. However, Trócaire, together with other actors in rural livelihood support in ’developing’ countries, is still challenged to change the subordinated positon of women in the rural economy. Even ensuring that rural women benefit equally to rural men from the project support we provide is a challenge. The purpose of this is document is to bring new energy to our SLEJ efforts by reviewing the problem (Section 2), recapping on why we need to reinvigorate our efforts to address it (Section 3), reviewing how Trócaire and others have been tackling the challenge (Section 4), highlighting successful methods and providing some recommendations (Section 5) and suggesting a menu of indicators which might help to measure change (Section 6).