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Vol 4, Issue 2, pp 1-10, 2019

Gender and agricultural extension: why a gender focus matters

Author: Ileana I. Diaz1 * and Dina Najjar2
1Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1.
2International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, Sustainable Intensification and Resilient Production Systems Program, Beirut, Lebanon 1108-2010.
*corresponding author, idiaz@uwaterloo.ca


The long-term success of extension services is dependent upon addressing the underlying causes of gender inequality. However, gender analysis is often not included in the design and implementation of extension ser- vices. Our aim with this review is to highlight the importance of gender integration into agricultural extension programs in various parts of the world, to raise much needed awareness on the subject. We do not aim for an extensive literature review but rather seek to identify the harms caused by the exclusion of gender, make suggestions for how scholars and practitioners might include gender, and indicate some ways to move forward. Ultimately, gender transformative approaches should causes of inequality, rather than the symptoms.

Keywords: Agricultural Extension, Gender, Gender Transformative Approaches, Gender Inequality, Gender Analysis.

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DOI: 10.19268/JGAFS.422019.1
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