Minister McConalogue has announced supports to “promote gender equality in farming” in the next CAP.
The package of measures, include:
- An increased rate of grant aid of 60% for women aged 41-55 years under Targeted Agriculture Modernisation Schemes (TAMS);
- Women-only Knowledge Transfer (KT) Groups;
- A call under the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) initiative for proposals to examine women’s participation in agriculture.
Gender equality in next CAP
He said the new CAP regulations place particular focus on promoting women’s participation in the socio-economic development of rural areas, with “special” attention to farming.
The SWOT analysis in preparation for Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan identified gender inequality as a weakness.
It identified the economic benefits of increasing female participation as an opportunity.
Minister McConalogue commented,
“Gender equality is a priority for my department, as well as being a cross-cutting objective of the forthcoming CAP.”
“The contribution of women to agriculture is important. My department has worked to design measures that will increase their participation in farming.
He added that Food Vision 2030, the agri-food sector’s new ten-year stakeholder strategy, also supports an enhanced role for women in the sector and recommends further actions, including a national dialogue on women in agriculture.
“I have asked my officials to prioritise this dialogue for next year,” he added.
Minister of State Senator Pippa Hackett said it is “important” that gender mainstreaming is integrated into policymaking through specific CAP interventions and all agriculture schemes.
“I am pleased that equality between women and men, which is a core principle of the European Union, is being given increased emphasis to ensure our rural areas flourish.”
“I have met many wonderful and innovative female farmers around the country. Furthermore, I look forward to these measures being of great support to them and indeed to all female farmers.”
Minister of State Martin Heydon said women have always been central to farm enterprises across the generations, but often in roles that are not visible or sufficiently recognised.
“These measures seek to correct that imbalance and ensure greater representation by women as farm holders and in decision making on farms.”
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