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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: ICRA joins the global call to #pressforprogress in achieving gender parity.
Publicado el: 08 - marzo - 2018
Today, on International Women’s Day, ICRA joins the global call to #pressforprogress in achieving gender parity.
ICRA believes in creating a fairer and stronger position for less powerful and more vulnerable actors in the agricultural innovation system. Unfortunately, women still do not have equal opportunities to fulfil their potential and contribute to agriculture development, gain imported decision making power and pick all the fruits of their labor. At ICRA, we are passionate about making agriculture innovation & value chains more inclusive so all members of society involved can benefit.
The United Nations has cited “ensur[ing] women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life” as a target of Sustainable Development Goal Number 5. At ICRA, we fully support the SDGs and its targets and recognize that powerful actors make a powerful value chain. Not surprisingly, including women, youth and minorities into our work to strengthen agriculture value chains has also proven to be a successful business case!
When women play an active role in the value chain together with men, youth and minorities, solutions for improvement and progress are found that work for everybody instead of just for specific groups. Adding female voices to the conversation does lead to more mutual understanding and thus to better and more sustainable solutions, relationships and in the end to improved income and livelihoods. Pressing for progress in achieving gender parity will have extraordinary effects on the economy. According to a report by McKinsey, if women reach their full potential, meaning they participate equally economically as men, global GDP can increase by 26%, or $28 trillion. In Sub Saharan Africa specifically, GDP can increase by 27%, or $0.7 trillion, when the equality gap is closed.
ICRA is dedicated to play its part in bridging the gap and facilitating women to be drivers of change and success in agriculture research, education and value chains.
This blog was developed with the support and vital insights of Mundie Salm & Sylvain Dardel