IRRI marked its first-ever Women in Rice Farming Day on 8 August 2013 to recognize the role of women in agriculture, particularly in rice farming. The event was attended by 213 participants from the national and local governments including the Philippine legislature, the academe, media, NGOs, and the private sector.
She also mentioned that Filipino women are well represented in research as well as in research leadership in the Philippines and studies reveal that gender is not a big issue in the country as women continue to be actively involved in various fields, especially in education and research.
Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, undersecretary for special concerns at the Department of Agriculture (DA), said that according to the National Statistics Office in 2012, 93.4% of Filipino women are employed. Out of the number of employed women, 21.7% are in the field of agriculture, 80% of whom are in rice farming.
“Women participation is particularly high in activities such as planting, weeding, input and fertilizer application, drying, and sacking. Indeed, women constitute an integral part of the rice industry in the Philippines,” Usec. Romulo-Puyat added. She also thanked IRRI for organizing the event, which was held at the IRRI Headquarters. It was attended by women from the national and local government units, the academe, the media, and the private sector.
V. Bruce J. Tolentino, deputy director general for communication and partnerships at IRRI, presented a briefing on the event and an overview of IRRI’s research agenda.
Participants were brought on a field tour that included stops in which they were introduced to IRRI’s facilities on its long-term continuous cropping experiment, farm equipment and machinery, ecological engineering, seed health, and quality seed storage.
The event was held in partnership with the DA and the PCW. View photo album.