This policy toolkit has been created to encourage more women to participate in and to address the digital divide within the smart agricultural industry, which will allow public and private sector decision makers to utilize gendered innovation approaches to create an enabling environment for women.
Smart agriculture can also assist governments through digital platforms to gather data so that public services can be delivered more effectively to poor, marginalized, or geographically-isolated women. However, technical innovations are not always designed with women’s needs in mind.
Gendered Innovation Approaches are aimed at utilizing the gender analysis method to create new opportunities for reviewing the social aspects of the smart agriculture system, and to identify and address the fundamental issues that are restricting women from participating in the agricultural value chain.
By adopting modern systems and digitized tools, less manual labor is necessary in order to carry out agricultural work. Women could, therefore, save more time doing productive work or can spend such saved time tending to their other roles. Yet, while agricultural technologies are still in development, innovation must be created continuously with the effort of the public, private sectors, and the academies. We need to use all tools at our disposal to address this and policy must also play a role to dismantle barriers to women’s participation in smart agriculture and adoption of the smart agriculture technology.