We’re all aware of the tremendous opportunities that ICTs offer to agriculture. In the reality of our agricultural projects, however, we witness that technology-driven advances are rather incremental and the benefits are often reaped unequally. Especially in terms of gender, there’s clearly a huge gap when it comes to access to ICTs and using them in rural areas.
This is agonizing. Digitally illiterate female farmers could certainly benefit greatly from agricultural projects providing them with interfaces that are adapted so that they can use them – as long as it’s culturally appropriate.
Globally, women use the internet 12% less than men. In Africa, it’s 25%. While the gender gap has narrowed in most regions since 2013, it has widened in Africa!
(International Telecommunication Union)
What’s your key takeaway?
Franziska Kreische of the research institute betterplace lab has gained substantial experience while working with development projects in Uganda. In the webinar, she speaks about how rural women can be enabled and encouraged to use ICT components. Peter Lappe of GIZ Tunisia reports on Women Plant Doctors 2.0 – a GIZ project in Tunisia with a tight focus on empowering women.
One key finding the presenters agree on is that spending enough time to determine exactly what the target groups look like turned out absolutely key for there projects and needs to be well in advance before shifting into gear.
Is this relevant to you?
This webinar recording is for project staff and decision makers in agricultural projects interested in equally involving both, the male and female target group in the development of a new or already existing ICT component.
For more information
To learn more about the SNRD CoP ICT4Ag please click here.