Project Title

APEC GIFTS A+: Promoting Gender Inclusion in Smart Agriculture (GIFTS: Gendered Innovation for Technology and Science) 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

PPWE 01 2018 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

PPWE 01 2018 

Project Title

APEC GIFTS A+: Promoting Gender Inclusion in Smart Agriculture (GIFTS: Gendered Innovation for Technology and Science) 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2018 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

50,000 

Co-funding Amount

131,716 

Total Project Value

181,716 

Sponsoring Forum

Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) 

Topics

Gender 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Chinese Taipei 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Chile; Japan; Korea; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Philippines; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/04/2018 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2019 

Project Proponent Name 1

Hsiu Chen Wu 

Job Title 1

Director General 

Organization 1

Department of Gender Equality 

Postal Address 1

No. 1, Sec 1, Zhongxiao E. Rd, Zhongheng District, Taipei City 10058 

Telephone 1

886-2 33568368 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

yijen@ey.gov.tw (Ms Nina Yijen Huang) 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Hsiu Chen Wu 

Project Summary

Women comprise around 49.5% of the agricultural labor force in Eastern and South Eastern Asia. Agriculture can be an important engine of growth. However,  the sector is underperforming because of that hinders women economic participation. In respond to 2018 APEC Priority, “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future.” and 2017 & 2016 APEC Leader’s Declaration, the project’s over-all goal is to promote use of gendered innovation approaches to boost innovation and development of agricultural science, technology, facilities and the environment as well as encourage women’s participation in inclusive and innovative green economy. Furthermore, the project would be carried out to enhance physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity through innovative technology, cross generations and cross fields examples.

This project will provide GIFTS for APEC female farmers and member economies by organizing a seminar in Oct. 2018 in Taipei, and a workshop in Sep. 2019(location is uncertain) and developing a policy toolkit to better APEC sustainable and inclusive growth.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) report “The Role of Women in Agriculture” indicated that aggregate data shows that women comprise about 49.5% of the agricultural labour force in Eastern Asia and South Eastern Asia (without Japan). Agriculture can be an important engine of growth and poverty reduction. According to the report of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the elimination of the gender gap in the labour market can boost the gross domestic product (GDP) per economy by at least 9% and 26% of the global average. 

But the agriculture sector is underperforming women in many developing economies. Women, who are often a crucial resource in agriculture and the rural economy but face constraints, such as stereotype, unfair allocation of resources, unfriendly working environment and less women in decision-making. Those could be the reason why reduce their productivity. Furthermore, the UNDP’s report found out that if developing agricultural technologies and environment that address the needs of female farmers can reduce the gap in the application of gender technologies and promote agricultural production. 

This project is integrated into gender perspective and based on the findings of APEC multiple-year project “Innovation for Women and Economic Development(2013~2016), APEC GIFTS for Women in the Creative Industry Project(2017) and APEC GIFTS - Promoting Women in STEM for Sustainable Growth(2017) to promote  use of  Gendered Innovation approaches to answer how Gendered Innovations stimulate gender-responsible science and technology, thereby enhancing the quality of life for both women and men worldwide. And it also contributes to better female farmers’ economic status and provide policy recommendation to all APEC member economies to increase regional sustainable, inclusive growth, and food security. 

Relevance – Eligibility: We take action in line with The GPA funding priorities for 2018 , such as “Promoting Sustainable, Innovative and Inclusive Growth”, “Improving Connectivity, Deepening Regional Economic Integration”, “Strengthening MSMEs’ Competitiveness and Innovation in the Digital Age” and “Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change”. Thus, this project will identify best practices and develop a policy toolkit to widen the access to engagement in smart agriculture for women, promote sustainable and inclusive growth, improve connectivity, deepen regional economic integration, and strengthen micro and small agriculture enterprises’ competitiveness and support that women make use of recent technologies and digital innovations in agriculture. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: This project will identify best practices and develop a policy toolkit to promote gender inclusion to develop agricultural science and technology, facilities and the environment and empower women through e-learning, e-commerce and entrepreneurship.

We will oraganize seminars and invite female famers, female entrepreneurs in agriculture, policy makers, academy, and representatives from institutions with experiences and profession to share their knowhow on exploring the challenges and opportunities what women have while they participating in smart technology agriculture and identify the obstacles what they have in APEC region. The best practices of e-learning, e-commerce and entrepreneurship will be introduced in the seminars. Furthermore, a brainstorming session will be organized in the seminar to facilitate participants to know how to utilize what they learned from seminar.

According to the discussions on the seminars, we will draft a policy toolkit to member economies and stakeholders. The measures on the use of gender innovation approached to build female farmers and female entrepreneurs’ skills and capabilities to face the digital impacts will be emphasized. The policy toolkit will be published in Chinese, English and Spanish to be more practical and broadly used in the APEC region.

Objectives

1) Identify the challenges female farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs faced in smart agriculture and explore opportunities in APEC region;

2) Encourage women and  women-led MSMEs in the APEC region to participate in the field of inclusive and innovative agriculture;

3)  Promote gendered innovation in development of agricultural science and technology, facilities and the environment to help women remove barriers and increase their productivity in agriculture; and

4) Promote the use of gendered innovation approaches to enhance women's participation in the digital and innovative green economy to promote sustainable, inclusive growth and food security in the APEC region.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  This project proposal aligns well with as following priorities and works on to fulfil APEC priorities, goals, strategies and statements:

–   APEC Leaders Statement in 2017: Good examples listed in the project to illustrate how to solve the dilemma faced by women using technology, digital and innovative approaches to promote on advancing economic, financial and social inclusion in the APEC region and enhance food security and sustainable agriculture.

–   APEC Leaders Statement in 2016: Best practices will be invited to share experiences in the seminar to promote women's career development, strengthen women and girls' access to STEM education and careers.

–   APEC PPWE Strategic Plan 2015-2018: A policy toolkit to identify how women harnessing smart farming and digital networks as well as promote women’s participation in inclusive and innovative green economy to support the five pillars of APEC PPWE Strategic Plan 2015-2018. 

Alignment – Forum: This project is implemented to fulfil the following priorities of PPWE work plan and  strategic plan:

–   Objective 1 of the PPWE Strategic Plan 2015-2018-Strengthen the integration of gender responsive policies and programs across APEC for a.

We are working with our ATCWG, PPFS, HRDWG, and PPSTI together to implement this project. The speakers from other fora will be invited to attend seminars, they will contribute their experiences and knowledge to this project. 

–  Objective 2 of the PPWE Strategic Plan 2015-2018: advance women’s economic participation through five priority pillars.

Female famers, female entrepreneurs in agriculture, policy makers, academy and representatives from institutions are this project’s participants, they play the role of leadership, they also will be voices for access to capital, access to market, skills and capacities building, and innovation and technology.

–  Promotion of PPWE Workplan for 2018: Promoting Sustainable and Inclusive Growth’ and by supporting members’ actions to advance sectoral discussions on women’s economic empowerment, gender diversity and gender inclusion and discuss and consider the challenges and opportunities for women’s participation in an evolving digital economy.

The project will be organized seminars and a policy toolkit to identify how women harnessing smart farming and promote women’s participation in inclusive and innovative green economy.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

A Best Practice Selection: To ensure the quality of speakers from Chinese Taipei, a best practice selection of Female famers, female entrepreneurs in agriculture, policy makers, academy and representatives from institutions utilizing the gendered innovation approaches will be collected before the seminar. The best practices will be invited to the seminar as speakers in three focusing topics: Technology Innovation, Sustainable Development and Female Farmers with Traditional Wisdoms in Smart Agriculture.

The groups of best practices are as follows:

·   Technology Innovation: While the procedures of producing, processing and marketing integrated into gendered-innovation to meet different gender’s needs, people or team can create new industrial values with innovative methods, technologies and equipment to promote women's participation in agriculture.

·   Sustainable Development: While the procedures of producing, processing and marketing, entrepreneurs promote food safety, reduce agricultural grain losses and agricultural sustainability via using innovative methods, technologies and equipment in respond to climate change.

·   Female Farmers with Traditional Wisdoms in Smart Agriculture: Female farmers integrated accumulated knowledge or traditional wisdoms into gendered innovation.

A Seminar:  A two to three day seminar will be held in October, 2018 in Taipei. The seminar will bring together stakeholders and interested individuals in APEC Member Economies who are involved in or interested in gendered innovations and smart agriculture to discuss on harnessing gendered innovation, seizing inclusive opportunities and embracing the digital future. Following are the expected speakers of the seminar:

·  Best practices of female farmers and women entrepreneurs selected from Chinese Taipei

·  Experts who are involved in smart agriculture recommended by APEC PPWE members

·  Experts who are involved in smart agriculture recommended by AEPC ATCWG /PPFS/HRD/PPSTI  members

·  A cross-fora among ATCWG /PPFS/HRD/PPSTI will be organized

A Policy Toolkit: A set of policies suggestions, strategies, training programs and action plans will serve as a guideline for public and private sectors in developing and developed region to empower women in smart agriculture to catch up with digital economy trend in APEC region. A toolkit with approximately 60 pages will be established. The following actions will be suggested:

·   Create enabling environment for women in agriculture: encourage women to take advantage of science and technology to engage in smart agriculture

·   Harness digital future: explore opportunities for applying gendered innovation approaches and promoting e-commerce

·  Promote inclusion, connectivity and sustainable growth: provide evidences to promote inclusion, connectivity and green economic growth through innovative technology, cross generations and cross fields examples

A Demonstration Video: The best practices selected will be interviewed and their practices of utilizing the gendered innovation approaches will be documented for a better representation of their effort in smart agriculture. The video will be presented in the workshop for the demonstration of the project and to be a more useful application for the workshop participants and other APEC economies for their economies’ policy reference.

A workshop:

·  We will invite member economies to share their policy experiences.

·   A policy toolkit will be presented in the workshop and deliver the digital copies to the participants.

·   The participants will be divided into three groups which are Technology Innovation, Sustainable Development to learn how to utilize the toolkit. 

Outcomes: The project outcomes include the following items:

–  Increased awareness and confidence of female farmers: The best practice  selection provides female farmers and relevant stakeholders a recommendation with linkages to economies’ experts. The participants may also gain awareness of the importance of inclusion in agriculture and be encouraged to engage in smart agriculture. 

–  Participants from agriculture sectors will share experiences and exchange what they have learned from the brainstorming session in the seminar. It may shape their use of gendered innovation approaches in smart agriculture to improve their business opportunities. Moreover, participants may share and apply what they have learn in their own economies. 

–  A trilingual (Chinese, English and Spanish) policy toolkit and a demonstration video will be provided for member economies for their political reference for promoting sustainable and inclusive growth 

–  A cross-forum dialogue: To integrate diverse perspectives, the seminar will create an opportunity for different working groups to open a dialogue on women’s participation in smart agriculture. Speakers from two non-PPWE fora are the target. 

–  A cross-economy dialogue: APEC member economies policy makers will be invited to join the discussion in order to share their valuable experiences and practical measures which are recommended on the toolkit to inspire other economies to fulfil the project’s policy recommendations. 

Beneficiaries: The primary beneficiaries are best practice selection and the participants of the seminar, which include stakeholders and interested individuals in APEC Member Economies who are involved in or interested in gendered innovations and smart agriculture. Non-PPWE fora are also encouraged to participate in the seminar, this project will be a good example for integrating into gender-perceptive into other fora’ issues, it is an action to fulfill the objectives of the PPWE Strategic Plan 2015-2018.

The secondary beneficiaries of the project are mainly the rural and indigenous women, female farmers, women entrepreneurs in agriculture and member economies wherein empower them by utilizing smart technology to explore the opportunities and shape economic status. As the policy toolkit being completed, these beneficiaries will have better vision of gendered innovations approaches in smart agriculture.

Dissemination

–   One cross-regional seminar will be organized to provide a platform for exchanging information and the experience of APEC economies.

–   One cross-regional workshop will be organized to present the outcome of this project for the participants.

–   A trilingual policy toolkit and demonstration video with the highlights of the selected best practices and the seminar will be established; participants will all received a digital copy for further policy reference. We will outsource the professional team to draft it and keep on strict.

–   A Policy Toolkit, which will be distributed and published as an APEC publication, must be prepared in accordance with the Guidebook on APEC Projects, the APEC Publication Guidelines and the APEC Logo Guidelines. Where contracted labour is used to produce reports or other written outputs, contractor terms of reference must state that all will be presented in a level of English fit for publication and require no further copy-editing by the APEC Secretariat. We will also form a work team to review the content of it.

–   The policy toolkit will be made through the APEC websites. Senior officials from member economies are encouraged to access and distribute through the relevant government agencies’ websites.

–   Other relevant APEC Fora such as ATCWG, HRDWG, PPFS and PPSTI will be engaged and informed on the main outcomes of the project.

–   Another way to disseminate the results shall be media such as news releases in the websites and local newspapers.

Gender

The project focuses mainly on the participation of women in smart agriculture and integrating the gendered innovations concept into agriculture in the digital era. Women’s role in the digital economy will be highly highlighted as the primary issue.We will collect sex disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (not only the APEC funded) at the project event. This data will be requested when submitting a Completion Report to the Secretariat when project ends. This information will provide valuable feedback on whether goal of female speaker/experts and participants was achieved as well as giving future POs guidance on their own gender parity targets. The following points will be addressed: 

–   Diversity and inclusion of speakers and participants: The inclusion of rural, indigenous and immigrant women will be a focus of this project to ensure diverse perspective in the discussion.

–   Gender awareness of men and women in decision-making position: Policy makers of APEC economies will be invited to the cross-fora dialogue to ensure the discussion with gender perspective being heard.

–   We’ll set project goal of male participants and speakers account for over 30% in the seminar, for gathering different experience of practicing smart agriculture of different gender.

–   PO is committed to collect sex disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (not only the APEC funded) at the project event. This data will be requested when submitting a Completion Report to the Secretariat when project ends. This information will provide valuable feedback on whether goal of female speaker/experts and participants was achieved as well as giving future POs guidance on their own gender parity targets.

Work Plan

Date

Task

Deliverables

April – July 2018

Data Collection

To develop the project more specifically, the whole process will be evidence-based. We will collect best female farmers practices and identify the obstacles what they have and how they are involved in this project.

June – July 2018

Case study  Selection

The selection will be held to encourage Female famers, female entrepreneurs in agriculture, policy makers, academy and representatives from institutions in APEC region to step out for their achievement. Participants of the selection will be divided into 3 groups: Technical Innovation, Sustainable Development and Female Farmers with Traditional Wisdoms in Smart Agriculture.

August – September 2018

Preparation of Seminar

Best practices of case study selection will be invited as speakers of seminar to share the experience. APEC member economies will also be invited as experts and participants.

October 2018

Seminar

A 2 to 3-day seminar will be hosted in Taipei, female famers, policy makers, and researchers will be invited to share the experience of using gendered Innovation approaches in smart agriculture.

November 2018 –June2019

Develop Policy Toolkit

A Policy Toolkit draft will be completed after the discussion in the Seminar.

May –September 2019

Self-funded Contracting

To plan and put the workshop t into efforts by the contractor.

May - August 2019

Preparation of the workshop

Arrangement for the workshop

September 2019

Work Shop

We will launch the draft of the Policy Toolkit and collect the feedback and recommendation from other APEC member economies.

October 2019

Finalize and translation of the Policy Toolkit

After collecting the recommendation of experts from other APEC economies, we will finalize and translate the trilingual Policy Toolkit.

November 2019

Complete the Policy Toolkit

The drafting, endorsement and submission of the Policy Toolkit and all supporting documents to the Secretariat.

February 2020

Endorse and Submit Completion Report

Completion Report is submitted to the Secretaria

December 2019 - December 2020

Long Term Evaluation by the Secretariat

Participation in the Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat, as required by all APEC funded projects.

Risks

–  Delay of project: the project cannot meet the deadline of its work plan

–  Lack of male participants: male participants account for less than 30% in the seminar

–   Lack of economies’ participants: participants from less than 10 economies

- Lack of cross fora participants: speakers from non-PPWE fora at the seminar are less than two other fora.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Two meetings will be held, male participants account for over 30% each meeting.

Participants from at least 10 economies to attend the two meetings

One trilingual policy toolkit will be completed. Toolkit will be uploaded to APEC site and local site. Downloading in local site account for 1000 times.

Speakers from at least two non-PPWE fora in the seminar.

We will conduct a questionnaire for the participants to collect their feedback. Feedback from workshop participants regarding their follow-up action, satisfaction with participation is less than 70%.

Linkages

The project will contribute to APEC sustainable and inclusive growth through close collaboration between PPWE and APEC fora (ATCWG, PPFS, HRDWG, and PPSTI). It will be also in respond to PPWE Workplan for 2018 to promote private sector and community support for women empowerment, gender diversity and economic inclusion through public–private partnership.

2017 APEC Leader’s Declaration is committed to all member economies cooperate to promote sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth, deepen regional economic integration, realize the full potential of the business sector, particularly micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), and enhance food security and sustainable agriculture.  Furthermore, the Agriculture can be an important engine of growth and poverty reduction. Whereas, the FAO report indicated that Women face constraints that reduce their productivity.

Therefore, we PPWE invite relevant fora to work together in compliance with 2017 APEC Leader’s Declaration and first initiated the project integrated into gendered innovation to facilitate  food security and sustainable agriculture.

Sustainability

This project will have the following impact after project is finished:

–   the rural and indigenous women, female farmers will be encouraged to engage in the smart agriculture and empowered by enhancing their skills and capacity building;

–   APEC economy’s government and non-government institutions and entrepreneurs that are provided recommendation to take measures on the use of gender innovation to boost innovation and development of agricultural science and technology, facilities and the environment;

–   Strengthen the integration of gender responsive policies and programs across APEC fora;

–   The policytool toolkit and vedio will be uploaded on the APEC website for free downloading to use. Furthermore, they also will be made a CD copy for user without internet; and

–   This project is a cross fora  project. We will invite member from ATCWG, PPFS, HRDWG, and PPSTI working groups to participate in two meeting. We also actively to present our project results in other fora.

Project Overseers

The project will be supervised by Ms Hsiu Chen Wu, Director General of the Department of Gender Equality.

She leads a working group from public and private sectors and hosts a working meeting every month to oversee the progress of the project and gives instructions on the project.

Director General Wu will strictly control the quality of each stage of the project in implementation process, as well as calls for our colleagues from non-PPWE fora to discuss how to implement this project and listen to their comments.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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