Outstanding women in agriculture sector acknowledged by gov’t
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to honor outstanding women in agriculture sector through the 2017 Gawad Parangal sa Katangi-Tanging Kababaihan sa Pagsasaka at Pangingisda sa Kanayunan.
Recognized worldwide for their role in agriculture and in the development of rural and national economies, rural women comprise 43 percent of the agricultural labor force which rises to 70 percent in some countries.
In the Philippines, women farmers and fisherfolk can be found in the various segment of the value chain of agribusiness. They are engaged in the production, post-harvest, processing, marketing and trading of goods and services.
To give due recognition to rural women who have shown excellence in their fields of endeavor in agriculture and fisheries sectors, the 2017 Gawad Parangal sa Katangi-Tanging Kababaihan sa Pagsasaka at Pangingisda sa Kanayunan was formed by DA in 2003.
The nationwide Search for Outstanding Rural Women is an annual eventof the DA’s Gender and Development (GAD) Program headed by GAD Focal Point System Chairperson Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
The nominees were evaluated based on the following criteria: contribution to food security/agricultural and fishery development: productivity, profitability of economic activities, and quality of products/services (30 percent) contribution to sustainable development: efforts to protect the environment, efforts to adapt climate change, innovativeness and creativity (30 percent); and impact to rural development: promotion of women empowerment and gender equality, improvement in family life, excellence in character and ability to hurdle difficulties, and contribution to local economy (40 percent).