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Good Practices for Promoting Gender Equality Through Rural Advisory Services: Case studies from Ethiopia, India and Peru

FAO (2022)
This document includes three case studies from three continents and the good practices for promoting gender equality through RAS of the studied organizations as well as a collection of recommendations drawn from the good practices.

The INDIA case was from PRADAN (Striving to develop women’s identity as farmers: a case study of PRADAN, India) and authored by Nimisha Mittal & Rasheed Sulaiman V from the Centre for Research for Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP) and Hajnalka Petrics & Kelsey Barale from FAO

The objective is to support RAS providers to adopt and adapt these good practices so that they can design and deliver truly gender-responsive services. The case studies confirm that to provide truly gender-equitable RAS, holistic approach and systemic change are needed: the entire RAS system, including policies and institutions, staff attitudes and capacities must change. The perspective of gender equality need to become integral guiding principle within the enabling policy and organizational environment and culture.

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  • The case study of PRADAN, an NGO conducted by Nimisha Mittal,Rasheed V Sulaiman, Hijnalka Petrics and Kelsey Barale on striving to develop women’s identity as farmers is very interesting. It has used GRAST ( Gender and Rural Advisory Assessment Tool) developed by FAO to assess the gender sensitivity and responsiveness of RAS programmes at three levels individual, organizational and policy environment. They brought out the good practices being followed by PRADAN for promoting gender equality in the tribal blocks of Madhya Pradesh.

    This study clearly brought out the strengths of an NGO in reaching the tribal women and help them in identifying them as farmers. Their strength lies in building up a very good trust among the tribal women through working with them for a long duration and delivery of integrated services. The main advantage of the PRADAN is that their staff follow flexible times in working with the clients and that too they remain in touch with them for long period of time unlike in public sector institutions I wish that this study could be replicated by our extension faculty in assessing the gender sensitivity and responsiveness of RAS delivered by public sector institution.

    Congratulation to authors and thanks to CRISP for sharing this sound methodology.