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.

 

 


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.

Gender-sensitive station - About 70 PhilRice Midsayap staff were trained on crafting PhilRice Gender and Development agenda.
More productive years - PhilRice Midsayap Experiment Station opens its 31st founding anniversary by boosting camaraderie and gender sensitivity among its staff.

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Gender and Development

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.

Men and women farmers of the Philippine rice granary - Read this infographic based on the 2018 Central Luzon gender research results and check how they can be used as actionable data.
Women in agriculture - Despite equal work, Tanzo’s study on cross-country hired farm labor and wage differences showed that women-farmers earn less than the men by around P108 a day. In Nueva Ecija, the women-farmers’ wage is around P50 less than the men during crop establishment and P216 during threshing. No Related Post
TESTIMONIALS

BALANSE ANG KAILANGAN NG PANDEMYA AY MALABANAN - Naniniwala ako na mas nabigyan ko ng sapat at balanseng oras ang pag-aalaga sa aking asawa at mga anak at ang pagiging researcher ko sa opisina kahit na may pandemya.

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ARTICLES

POV of First Time Tatays: A 180 degrees; change of life - Unlike Mathematics, fatherhood doesn’t have any formula. This is why becoming a father opens a whole new world and changes the way most men think and act.

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PHOTO ESSAY

The Woman of Rice - The woman of rice, strong and determined, completes her day balancing farm work and domestic chores. On ordinary days, she invests an average of 7 hours; she works for 11 hours during planting and harvestings days. No Related Post

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The Female Face of Farming - No Related Post

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Women at work on the farm - The women-farmers in Quezon and Zamboanga del Norte are involved in more than half of the 51 farm activities from land preparation until selling of rice. Their counterpart in Pampanga, Agusan del Norte, Compostela Valley, Laguna, and Zamboanga del Sur does 3 to 6 segments of the farm work. They are mostly engaged during pulling […]


Golden rice can provide significant and sustainable vitamin A in the diet of Filipinos May 14, 2021 - Golden Rice, a type of rice that contains beta-carotene (a source of vitamin A), is now in the final stage of biosafety regulatory assessments. Once it gets the permit for commercial propagation anytime soon, the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) will be preparing for its deployment initially on a pilot scale in areas […]
M20 hybrid: Buenavista farmers’ best choice April 30, 2021 - Mestiso 20 (M20), a public hybrid rice variety previously not favored in Buenavista, Quezon, is yielding good harvest both in seed production and F1 cultivation. As M20 seeds come from Mindanao, the municipality is engaged in hybrid rice seed production since last quarter of 2020 to ensure the variety’s accessibility. “The favorable result of the […]
LGUs cite RCEF-Seed Program April 30, 2021 - Local government units have acknowledged the contribution of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Seed-Program on increasing rice yield in their locality. In  San Fernando, Camarines Sur, municipal agriculturist Allan Salvador said the program has improved farmers’ harvest by 15cav per hectare. San Fernando is one of municipalities, which received certified seeds that were planted to […]


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: dg.esmero@philrice.gov.ph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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