A four-day workshop being organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), from 6th-9th July 2015, is designed mainly as a systematic capacity strengthening programme to equip both secretariat staff and partners on the importance of mainstreaming gender into agriculture research and development programmes. The workshop which was co-ordinated by the gender, youth and social development specialist has been designed to respond to the training needs expressed by partners and FARA staff, train them on how to develop and track gender sensitive indicators as well as the integration of gender into Monitoring and Evaluation.
In her opening remarks, Dr Irene Frempong, the Acting Director, Research and Innovation gave the essence of the workshop as looking at the Monitoring and Evaluation system from the gender lens by improving the availability of quality gender-disaggregated data and support for more experimentation and systematic evaluation. The workshop will further help participants monitor and measure the impact of AR4D on men and women as key in tracking and determining the efficiency of interventions; help to correct where necessary or strengthen the different interventions made regularly and facilitate improved collection and analysis of baseline data with monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of gender impacts.
In retrospect, the program was designed based on The World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development (World Bank, 2012c) which highlights the need to improve the availability of quality gender-disaggregated data and support for more experimentation and systematic evaluation. More so in its 2010–2011 report, The State of Food and Agriculture: Women in Agriculture, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) emphasized that achieving gender equality and empowering women in agriculture is crucial for agricultural development and food security (FAO, 2011). It calls for improved collection and analysis of baseline data with monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of gender impacts.
Participants were drawn with at least a female from various bodies such as CCARDESSA, ASARECA, AFAAS, ANAFE and RUFORUM with M&E staff of UNIBRAIN incubators, PANACC,EAFF, PANGOG and FARA programme staff. At the end of the workshop, FARA expects that they will understand clearly the importance of integrating gender indicators into the programmes and projects of their institutions. Participants are also expected to develop their own gender indicators and tracking systems for their various institutions.