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Gender Approaches to Agricultural Extension Practices Course


Gender sensitivity in agricultural practices and extension is an important area that affects people of all walks in life. It entails gender equity, gender roles and further implies that roles should not be ascribed for instance to the females alone, or the males exclusively as this will amount to set back to the progress of agriculture. Gender equality refers to equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for women and men, girls and boys. It is the absence of discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex in opportunities, in the allocation of resources and benefits, or in access to services such as agricultural advice. It implies that the interests, needs, and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the diversity among different groups of women and men.

This training highlights such gender related issues and presents strategies for meeting them. We explore various ways of delivery of agricultural extension services in a way that improves gender-equitable service provision.


This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other Development programmes.


By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Develop programmes, centered on women's needs and constraints, in accomplishing their tasks

  • Raising awareness of gender issues as an integral part of a pragmatic research, extension and development work in agriculture,

  • Analysis of Roles women play in agricultural development

  • Women play a vital role as agricultural producers and as agents of food and nutritional security.

  • Access to productive assets such as land and services, finance and extension.

  • Constraints impinging upon the ability of women to participate in collective action as members of agricultural cooperative or water user associations.

  • Issues of women tend to lack political voice.

  • Results and outcomes of Gender inequalities i.e. less food being grown, less income being earned, and higher levels of poverty and food insecurity.

  • Agriculture in low-income developing countries is a sector with exceptionally high impact in terms of its potential to reduce poverty. Yet for agricultural growth to fulfill this potential, gender disparities must be addressed and effectively reduced.


Gender and Food Security

  • Food security

  • Food prices and food prices crisis

  • Women role in a vibrant agriculture food and nutritional security.

Gender and Agricultural Livelihoods:

  • Strengthening Governance

  • Increasing women’s voices and accountability in rural areas

  • Obstacles in women making their voices heard.

  • Potential reforms that are gender sensitive, gender specific, support empowering to women; and transformative in regard to gender and their implementation in a gender-sensitive manner.

Gender and Rural Finance

  • Access to well-designed financial services for pro-poor households build assets,

  • Engage more effectively with markets, and reduce their vulnerability to crises.

  • Microfinance for women as an effective gender strategy to increase women‘s role in production.

  • Mainstreaming gender throughout the financial sector.

Gender and Agricultural Markets

  • Traditional gender divisions of labor and their impact on household consumption.

  • Policies and interventions and their implications on food security.

  • Food security and welfare.

  • Impact of increases in women’s resources and income on education, health, and nutrition and increases investment in the family’s welfare.

  • Access to infrastructure services, information, credit, and other business development services in order to capitalize on the new market opportunities along changing or emerging value chains.

  • The formation of women’s groups to improve rights and access to services.

Gender Mainstreaming in Agricultural Water Management

  • Agriculture water management (AWM) includes irrigation and drainage.

  • water management in rain-fed agriculture.

  • recycled water reuse, water and land conservation, and watershed management.

  • Water rights are directly related to land rights in many countries.

  • Involvement of Women farmers in the planning and implementation of land and water management programs.

  • Water quality also requires particular attention in AWM.

  • Planning projects for multipurpose uses requires a thorough investigation of the non-agriculture uses and in particular of women’s needs.

Gender in Agricultural Innovation and Education

  • Crucial strides towards representation of women in higher spheres of life (education, as scientists, researchers, and extensionists, and policymakers).

  • Comparative analysis of access to information, extension, advisory services, and education by women.

  • Comparative analysis of access to improved technologies by women and resulting consequences for women.

  • The need for Research, extension, and education systems to engage women.

  • The need Agricultural policies to support women’s involvement in innovations systems and to revitalize women’s groups and networks to be competitive, visible, and recognized.

Gender Issues in Agricultural Labor

  • Creating dynamic rural economy in both the agriculture and the nonfarm sectors, by focusing creating good investment climate.

Gender in Rural Infrastructure for Agricultural Livelihoods

  • Ensuring gender equity in planning, decision making, and management processes in  the development of the infrastructure and services in a manner that balances gender disparities.

Gender and Forestry/Natural Resources Management

  • Women’s needs for environmental resources such as  fuel and water.

  • Improved natural resource management and conservation practices and its benefits.

  • land rights, women and men farmers.

Gender in Agriculture, livestock production

  • Formation of gender-responsive management bodies and small groups for accessing resources needed for aquaculture development.

  • Provision of gender-responsive advisory services that address systematic bias in the generation and delivery of these services.

  • Action to enable marginalized groups of processors, and traders to access markets and to obtain improvements in work conditions in labor markets.

  • Support to marginalized groups, including poor women, in identifying and sustaining alternative livelihoods to reduce reliance on their fishing activities, which put pressure on the fragile and constricted marine resources and coastal ecosystems.

Gender Issues in Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Addressing gender concerns in designing agricultural and rural development projects, providing ideas and indicators, principles, approaches, and practical options - for improving the M&E of outcomes and impacts.

  • Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as accepted important steps for assessing progress toward specific outcomes and for measuring impact. 


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training center or at a convenient location.

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Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 25th November 2019.

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 02-12-2019
Event End Date 06-12-2019
Cut off date 25-11-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 75,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,012
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,000
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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