Gender equality is stated in the Magna Carta of Women as a mechanism in reducing poverty. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority released in June 2017 showed that poverty incidence among farmers (34.3%) is higher than the general population (21.6%). At PhilRice, we ensure that our programs are equally available for the men and women in the rice sector. Inclusive participation of the men and women are considered for them to have better access to information and agricultural resources, enhance their work efficiency, and increase their farm competency.
- Better access to information and agriculture resources
- Towards a more gender and development-responsive Rice Science for Development
Increase in farm productivity and income start from adequate information and having good resources. In our community engagements and training activities, we ensure a good ratio between the male and female rice farmers. We develop knowledge products with balanced feature stories on successful male and female rice tillers. We also circulate our information materials in areas with high interaction among farmers. Women-farmers and farmers’ wives are encouraged to attend seminars on microfinancing and enterprise development. For more details about our knowledge products, kindly contact the Development Communication Division: (044) 456-02-85 loc 500 and the Technology Management and Services for the training programs: (044) 456 02-85 loc 510.
Amidst wider perception that farming is for the male, we have developed our rice technologies with the female perspective. Our farm machines such as the drum seeder, microtiller, gasifier stove, and brown rice machine can be easily operated by women as they are portable and lightweight. These gender-neutral machines are also highlighted in our technology promotion activities and exhibits. For more information about our machines, please contact the Rice Engineering and Mechanization Division: (044) 456-02-85 loc 650.
With the ASEAN integration becoming more distinct in the Philippine economy, we are helping the farmers to be more competitive by intensifying the reach of our projects. Based on data, Filipino farmers spend around P11 to produce a kilo of rice while the Thai and Vietnamese spend P8.40 and P5.60. In implementing our projects, we make sure that the number of women-farmers is proportionate to the male participants. To know more about our projects in your areas, please visit www.philrice.gov.ph.
As we help improve the conditions of the rice farmers, we are strengthening our capacity so we can better support gender and development in rice sector. We are intensifying our internal awareness campaign on GAD issues and capacitating the rice workers on integrating these issues in their project proposal and in administrative processes. We ensure that GAD agenda in included in our Institutional processes and that the staff are well-versed on the Gender mainstreaming Framework. We also started to establish infrastructures that are gender-neutral and responsive to the needs of differently-abled persons, senior citizens, and pregnant women.
As the country’s lead agency on rice research and development, we work on ensuring the inclusion of men and women in the agriculture agenda. We advance equal gender opportunity and participation in all aspects of rice-related development. More importantly, we advocate for the involvement of women as agents of economic and social change in the rice sector.
We are always ready to be of service! To know more about our Gender and Development efforts, please contact Dr. Diadem B. Gonzales-Esmero, PhilRice Gender and Development focal person, at (044) 46-0285 loc 500 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.