Rural Advisory Services (RAS) can help women and men farmers to increase their yields, connect with markets, and take advantage of agripreneurship opportunities. Yet, globally, women have less access to RAS than men, and the information, technologies and services provided tend to be less relevant to the needs of female farmers.

CRISP recently conducted a case study to validate, implement and improve the FAO ‘Gender and Rural Advisory Services Assessment Tool’. The tool provides a means for systematic, holistic program assessment, and the results of the assessments will be used in the development of capacity development and policy support materials to facilitate the uptake of gender-sensitive good practices in rural advisory services programs.

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