RTB agronomists created innovative tools to better control pests and diseases in the field, but without a good understanding of gendered roles, relations and perceptions, those tools may not be appropriately used.

Extension teams, putting the tools to work, need to develop a gender-responsive mindset. To help them, and ensure wide use of the pest and management tools, the RTB gender team published a guide that answers a series of frequently-asked questions. The guide has been translated into six local languages of Asia, Africa and Latin America to enable extension workers to understand and explain the issues that surround gender and agronomic practices in their local languages without using difficult technical terms. The ability to gather good gender-responsive information during implementation and evaluation will allow future projects to be improved. That, in turn, will increase adoption of new crop protection measures and offer more equitable benefits.

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Feature photo: The ability of extension teams to gather good gender-responsive information will help to improve future projects. Photo by Hugh Rutherford/CIP
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