Governance & Policy Project (GPP)

Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

Policy Paper on Gender inclusion for GPP Interventions completed

In FATA women face the most severe constraints to economic participation compared to other regions of Pakistan. According to the FATA Development Indicators Household Survey (2014), only 5.9% of women were part of the labor force in FATA. Tribal norms against women’s interaction with men outside their family limit women’s economic opportunities. These norms tend to exclude women farmers from agriculture extension services, given that most extension workers are men. Research also indicates that women are typically excluded from family decisions on the use of the family’s land, the selection of crops, and the sale of agricultural products.

Women have some opportunities to earn income from the sale of surplus produce from home gardens and domestic livestock. Women also engage in processing agricultural produce in the form of home-made jams, pickles, etc. Women tend to sell such excess produce to other women from neighboring households rather than in markets.

This gender analysis focuses on the project’s activities related to public investment and public services in the broader agriculture sector, including livestock and irrigation.

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