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Toolkit on gender in agriculture

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Why is it important to incorporate gender into the agriculture-related work of the World Bank and borrower countries, and how can this be achieved' Women are integral to farming systems, yet their productivity remains low compared to their potential. Gender-neutral programming which does not take into account the differences in the needs and constraints of men and women farmers can bypass and even be detrimental to women. Aimed specifically at World Bank task managers, this toolkit provides a range of tools for gender analysis, including checklists and sample strategies specific to agricultural subsectors collected from program and project experience around the world. Emphasis is placed on: removing barriers in women's access to information, inputs, credit and services; drawing on women's knowledge base in research and extension; and increasing the participation of men and women farmers in the design and implementation of agricultural policies, projects and programs.