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In 2018, the Oxfam Novib Right to Food Programme (R2F) team formulated an ambitious threefold learning goal around the integration of gender. First, it wanted to capture the diversity in the way the programme integrated gender. Secondly, it aimed to learn what is at the roots of this diversity. Lastly, it aimed to boost further integration of gender in the second phase of the programme via targeted actions in the various projects.

This report relates to the first two goals, by presenting the various ways in which R2F has integrated gender and by investigating the factors that influenced the extent to which gender has been integrated. The programme addressed the third goal by providing dedicated budget for ‘gender in action activities, deepening the project teams’ understanding on how to improve the gender approach.

The R2F programme is part of the Strategic Partnership (SP) ‘Towards a Worldwide Influencing Network’ between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SOMO and Oxfam Novib. The programme runs from 2016 to 2020 and focuses on changing public and private policies and practices that benefit small farmers, especially women and their communities in a way that protect and promote their prosperity and resilience. Gender integration is crucial to ensure long lasting impact on the Right to Food for everyone. Women farmers play a central role in overcoming poverty and food insecurity, and building resilience to climate change.

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