Experts gather to discuss research on gender statistics

The objective of the Global Strategy’s research on gender is to provide guidance on mainstreaming sex-disaggregated data and gender indicators in agricultural statistics, with a particular focus on large-scale agricultural surveys and agricultural modules included in other surveys.

The main output of this research line is the production of guidelines that recommend the key indicators, questions and cost-effective methodologies for agricultural surveys and agricultural modules included in other surveys.

An expert group meeting took place on 6-7 June 2016 at FAO Headquarters. The purpose of the meeting was to receive comments on the draft guidelines from gender experts coming from National Statistical Services, universities and international organizations.

Given the cross-cutting nature of the gender gap in agriculture, the draft guidelines take into account various domains, such as education and training, integration in social networks, family labour, external work on-farm, decision-making, ownership and control of assets.

During the meeting, experts discussed the indicators and questions (or modules) proposed for each domain, and the protocols for field tests. A general approval was expressed on the structure of the guidelines and on the proposed indicators.

Recommendations will be instrumental for the roll out of the field tests and the finalization of the guidelines. Field work is planned between July and September 2016 in two countries. The release of the guidelines is expected by end of 2016 / early 2017.