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, Chinese Taipei launched the APEC funded project "APEC GIFTS A+: Promoting Gender Inclusion in Smart Agriculture". 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.
"2019 Workshop on APEC GIFTS A+: Women Sparkling in Smart Agriculture" will focus on the outcome of APEC project: APEC GIFTS A+: Promoting Gender Inclusion in Smart Agriculture. The policy toolkit and demonstration video will be displayed and further the discussion on women’s participation in smart agriculture industry.
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