The COVID-19 crisis is impacting every single layer of the economy, including actors in the agriculture sector. The social distancing measures have challenged the performance of agricultural businesses and the access of farmers to sell their produce to markets. However, what most of us do not realise is that the crisis also impacts women and men differently. With women making up 61.8% of workers in the informal sector, they are more likely to lose their jobs, especially for those with temporary and informal agreements. The same may happen to women in agriculture despite their strong contribution to the sector as farmers, farm laborers, and owners of kiosks and agri-businesses.
As businesses are now readjusting their strategies, PRISMA aims to ensure that our partners are considering the constraints and opportunities that arise for women, men, and other market segments. By ensuring response strategies are inclusive and mitigate any potential risk to marginalised groups, PRISMA and its partners can continue to effectively execute interventions.
To read the full analysis on the impact of COVID-19 to different market segments in Indonesia's agriculture sector and our response strategies on gender and social inclusion, please click our publication below: