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DAR, SRA promotes gender sensitivity among sugarcane farmers

piaKIDAPAWAN  CITY, North Cotabato,  Aug 3 (PIA)  --In line with its  efforts to to promote gender equality in the sugarcane industry, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in partnership with the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) recently rolled-out gender sensitivity training among sugarcane farmers in North Cotabato.

Marion Abella, provincial agrarian reform program officer II of DAR- North Cotabato said that some 80 sugarcane farmers consisting of 47 males and 33 females from Matalam, Carmen, and Kidapawan City were trained on gender and development and agriculture.

“The gender sensitivity training is part of the social preparation activities for the upcoming Accelerated Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program (ASAP) which will be implemented in sugarcane areas in North Cotabato,” Abella said.

Abella  also said that the participants are all members of the Sugar Block Farm Project under the ASAP.

He further elaborated that the Sugar Block Farms are formed to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of sugarcane farmers through the provision of appropriate support services to the agrarian reform beneficiary organizations and smallholder farmers association.

Meanwhile, Raphael Henri Mundo, SRA Technical Working Group member on Gender and Development, enlightened the farmers on the Status of Philippine Sugar Industry, Millennium Development Goals focusing on gender equality and women empowerment.

Mundo also include in his talking points the GAD Law, Magna Carta of Women, GAD and Agriculture, importance of women in agriculture, and elements of VAWC and the enforcement of Law.

 “We want to promote gender equality in the sugarcane industry. We don’t want women to be left behind because they played crucial roles in our economy,” Mundo said.

“We want men and women to have equal access to resources, essential services, and decision making.”

Mundo also emphasized that gender inequality may result to low crop production, low household income, food insecurity, and poverty.

“It is important for the sugarcane farmers to understand and identify the roles of men and women in their households and farm activities in order to resolve gender issues,” Mundo said.

“Gender awareness contributes to changes in the attitudes and behaviours of individual people, and of groups.”

Mundo noted that an increase in gender awareness means gender sensitization, and the recognition of a need to incorporate women and marginalized people into the development process as active participants.

The gender sensitivity training is one of the capacity development interventions extended to sugarcane farmers under the Sugar Block Farm Project in North Cotabato jointly implemented by DAR and SRA.  (ROrejudos-DAR N.Cotabato/DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1611438562020/dar-sra-promotes-gender-sensitivity-among-sugarcab

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