Synthesis report on gender in agriculture in Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia And Zimbabwe

With a view to improving understanding of the gender and youth issues within SACAU member organizations, SACAU secured support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Southern African Trust (SAT) to commission studies on gender and youth in five countries (Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe). The studies used a combination of desk research, field sample surveys, selected interviews of members/management/leaders and others to assess the current status and its determinants of gender imbalance. They considered successes and challenges in dealing with gender in the member organisations. The national reports document challenges and identify prospects for greater involvement of women in farmers’ organizations (FOs) leadership/decision making structures at national, sub-national (commodity association, district organization) and local levels. 

Based on the findings from national studies, a synthesis document was prepared. The document will form the basis for discussion at workshops where SACAU members will identify common issues concerning women in the region on the basis of which SACAU and its membership can extract key messages, derive policy positions and secure a basis for preparing an overall guiding framework for the SACAU secretariat to systematically integrate gender issues in all its interventions at national and regional levels.

The synthesis starts by communicating key messages derived from the draft reports, and then gives a background to the study, including reference to scope and methodologies. It then presents abbreviated findings extracted from the country studies, with the following as sub-headings: (i) State of Play; (ii)What Explains the Situation?; 
(iii) Policies and Initiatives to Address Deficiencies; (iv) Ambitions and Way Forward; and (v)Selected Questions for Discussion.

To learn more, please download the report below.


Document type: Policies & Strategies
Thematic Areas: Gender
Region: South Africa
Year of Publication: 2013