Mainstreaming gender in agricultural statistics

The objective of this research project conducted in the framework of the Global Strategy and in close collaboration with the FAO-ESS division is to provide guidance to countries on mainstreaming sex-disaggregated data and gender indicators in agricultural statistics, with a special focus on large-scale agricultural surveys and agricultural modules included in other surveys.

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

The main output of this research topic is the production of guidelines that will serve to recommend the main indicators relevant to various domains and suggest key data items, questions and cost-effective methodologies for agricultural as well as farm surveys and agricultural modules included in other surveys. The expected target audience of the guidelines are the relevant national statistical authorities responsible for the design and implementation of large-scale agricultural surveys.

A literature review of data gaps, current approaches and good practices has been recently finalized and will be made available shortly on the gsars website. Field tests will be conducted in two countries, Indonesia and Uganda, to refine and validate some of the proposed recommendations, particularly on decision-making and labour. Field work will take place between July and September 2016.

An expert group meeting is planned on 6-7 June 2016 at FAO Headquarters to obtain comments on the draft guidelines from gender experts of National Statistical Services, universities, and international organizations.