CTA Holds Gender in Agriculture and Rural Development Interventions: Updating the Gender Knowledge
From November 13th to 15th, 2013 CTA organized at its headquarters an expert consultation themed. Coming within the framework of CTA’s current efforts to update its 2003 Gender Strategy and to develop a gender strategy implementation guideline, the expert consultation was part of three parallel activities including an internal quick assessment of its 2003 gender strategy implementation and a desk study of current trends in integration of gender concerns in ARD interventions. 17 experts from 15 organizations participated at the consultation including WASAA, USAID and the African Union Commission. Other participating organizations included IFAD and FAO as well as UWI, CANROP from the Caribbean and Women in Business Development Inc from the Pacific.
The contributions from participants were very useful and a number of important lessons were taken note of. The importance of understanding that integrating gender concerns in an organizations programme cycle is indispensable to achieving the organisation’s objectives and missions was among the most important lessons. Other lessons included the importance of regular monitoring and evaluation of an organisation’s gender programming, senior management level support to gender concerns, using gender analysis tools for all interventions and programmes of an organization and the particular importance of a common understanding and definition of gender within an organization. Participants would like to contribute to the revised CTA gender strategy before it is finalized and CTA has created an online community group.