PhilRice promotes gender equality in agriculture sector
Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has initiated a series of seminars and exchanges with several female farmers as well as some members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community to fully mainstream gender and development (GAD) in its projects and researches.
Conducted in Albay and Agusan del Norte, the seminars highlighted mechanisms that will enhance the participation of women and LGBT community in agriculture sector.
Arlene Dayo, an agricultural technologist, said that women in rural areas are active economic players who take jobs as landless workers, traders of agricultural and fishery products, and manufacturing entrepreneurs.
“Women-farmers must move up to the agricultural value chain. [She shouldn’t be involved in production alone, but must also improve her skills on marketing and processing],” she said.
To engage them in the entire chain, Dayo, who also manages her own farm, said that women must have full access to land, technology, extension services, capital and infrastructure support, and market.
She encouraged researchers and development workers to focus on studies and projects that will provide continuous access to climate resilient productive assets, technologies, and skills that will help improve productivity and reduce the labor intensity of agricultural activities for women.
Meanwhile, respecting diversity in the workplace were promoted in Agusan del Norte. Their staff also joined the 1st LGBT Caraga Regional Summit held last month.