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Regional workshop on the integration of Gender-Disaggregated Data in agricultural national statistics

The regional workshop on the use of gender statistics in the field of agriculture and the plans to integrate the gender issue in agricultural statistics was launched on Thursday, September 1st 2016 by Mr Taieb Baccouche, Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), in the presence of Mr Lamourdia Thiombiano, FAO Sub regional Coordinator for North Africa.

In his opening speech, Mr Taieb Baccouche said that “women are an important pillar in subsistence economies and food security. Nevertheless, women's work that is often unpaid is labelled as economically unproductive, in a world where the economic value is only calculated on the basis of monetary terms. Statistics usually consider women as inactive and overlook them in economic calculations. Therefore, the contribution of women is often underestimated or ignored, and consequently, analysing the sector and agricultural production does not match the reality.” The activities of this regional workshop are an opportunity to develop the thinking in this matter and highlight the initiatives and best practices undertaken by all stakeholders in the Maghreb region and the Near Eastern countries participating in the production, work and gender-disaggregated statistics in agriculture.

Organized by the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa and the FAO Sub-Regional Office for North Africa, in partnership with the General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the Economic Commission for Africa (North Africa Bureau), the workshop is a continuation of the implementation of the Global Strategy FAO/WB that aims to improve the rural agricultural statistics approved in February 2010 by the United Nations Statistical Commission.

This workshop is also a continuation of the gender strategy implementation developed by the FAO Sub-Regional Office for North Africa. The opening speech of Mr Lamourdia Thiombiano, FAO Sub regional Coordinator for North Africa came in line with the appropriation perspective of the gender approach; Mr Thiombiano confirmed that “there is a common interest in moving forward to improve the agricultural statistics abiding by international gender norms. This workshop is the result of a unique partnership emanating from well-coordinated efforts. Thus, it is part of the action plan for the integration of gender issues in the strategy and cooperation programs of the Bureau.”

Statistics specialists and experts representing Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia revealed the results of the studies and diagnostics performed in their respective countries. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to rely on these studies and formulate an operational framework at a sub-regional level in order to come up with material support, not only for the production of gender-disaggregated statistics, but also statistical information integrating the gender approach. This approach will allow a quantified analysis of the disparities and imbalances in the agricultural sector. It will also allow qualitative analyses and gender-sensitive agricultural statistics as well.

The exchanging of ideas and the groups’ interaction showcased the experiences of different countries and the development of regional frameworks for statistical data disaggregated by gender; on the long-run, it is an opportunity to improve the data production based on gender perspective, and to strengthen the agricultural sector analysis within this same approach.

The workshop will also: (i) identify and address the constraints encountered during the implementation of gender related strategies in the agricultural sector; (ii) help in the production of reliable data allowing decision makers to assess the needs, take the necessary decisions and formulate appropriate strategies to improve the status of rural women.

FAO Near East - 01, Sep 2016

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