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Convergence Meeting for Addressing Issues on Women in Agriculture

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26 August 2022, New Delhi: A convergence meeting was organized by ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar with National Gender Resource Centre in Agriculture, New Delhi with the objectives of mainstreaming women farmers and promoting women empowerment in agriculture and allied sector today.

Dr. Y.R. Meena, Additional Commissioner Extension (DA & FW), NGRCA, the Chief Guest, in his presidential address, highlighted the various schemes and policies for promoting women farmer and assured support to all the stakeholders willing to promote

Dr. Anil Kumar, Director, ICAR-CIWA emphasized the core role of farm women in enhancing agricultural production. women farmers. During his closing remarks, he  focused on collating the developmental framework of all stakeholders for women farmers’ empowerment.

Dr. Lipi Das, Principal Scientist and Convener of the programme briefed the purpose of the meeting. She also presented the concept note on “Development of Gender framework through the development programmes in Agriculture and allied sectors” in convergence mode and emphasized the role and strengths of ICAR-CIWA in gender mainstreaming.

Dr. Punam Tiwari, NGRCA, presented the responsibilities, functions and future strategies of NGRCA and underlined the importance of convergence for collectively assuring farm women empowerment.

The technical session ended with elaborate discussion to formulate approaches to strengthen farm women’s farming and agri-entrepreneurial perspective. Emphasis was laid on skill upgradation of women farmers, formation of women FPOs, market linkages for commercial farming and agri-enterprises, documentation of success stories and case studies. It was further emphasized to develop a women empowerment index in agriculture and allied sectors to assess the effectiveness of developmental frameworks for farm women.

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