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Training in Solomon Islands addresses gender challenges women face in agriculture and rural sector – Solomon Islands

08/03/2021 Honiara

Focused on gender equality, analysis and integration, the training provided an opportunity for 12 women and 18 men to Solomon Islands government staff from the Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA), Civil Service (MPS) and Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) to learn more about gender mainstreaming and build their capacity on how apply a gender perspective when working on policy, planning, programming and budgeting processes in their sectors.

In a joint statement released by FAO-EU / FIRST, SPC, MPS, MWYCFA and MAL, he said gender mainstreaming was a priority of the Solomon Islands government, especially in the areas of agriculture. and food systems where women play an important role but sometimes not. -functions so visible on the production, processing and marketing of agricultural products, as well as other related roles such as the management of natural resources or those related to food and nutritional security.

Recognizing the complexity of the food system and the need to address its different elements from a multisectoral perspective, the training followed a collaborative approach that explored synergies and shared understanding of different issues among participants to generate coordinated solutions.

The workshop was organized in partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the “Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation (FIRST) on Food and Nutrition Security” program of the European Union (EU), the Pacific Community (CPS) and the Institute for the Management of Public Administration (IPAM) of the Ministry of Civil Service and MWYCFA.

It has been designed with a hands-on approach that will allow participants to identify new ways to accomplish their current tasks in a way that recognizes some of the challenges women face in agriculture and the food system, and bridges the gaps. gender issues through the empowerment of women and the provision of equitable opportunities for all.

The gender training modules used in this training were developed by SPC, for IPAM as a government training body, and supplemented by specific chapters on agriculture and the rural sector designed by FAO- EU / FIRST. To provide participants with appropriate and relevant examples, the training modules drew on the findings and recommendations of the FAO / SPC “* Country Gender Assessment of Agriculture and Rural Sector in Solomon Islands *” published. in 2019.

“Because we have issues of growing inequalities and high incidence of violence against women and girls in Solomon Islands, the government is very supportive of a gender training workshop like this one” , declared the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, Cédric Alepedava. “Gender equality is not only a question of women, but should also concern and fully engage men, women, boys and girls”.