On October 13, SeConS Development Initiative Group held a training session for employees at the Institute for Science Application in Agriculture, entitled “Knowledge Transfers in Agriculture for the Advancement of Gender Equality”, with the aim of strengthening the capacity for gender-responsive service delivery. Prof. Marija Babović, PhD, director of the SeConS programme, spoke on the topic of “Gender equality in Serbia: concepts, situation, and policies” and the executive director of SeConS Olivera Vuković, gave a presentation on “Programmes of social and economic support for rural women”.

This is only one of the three planned trainings being implemented within the Serbian Climate Resilience and Irrigation Programme, for which the Government of the Republic of Serbia signed an implementation agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 2019. The programme includes financing the construction and rehabilitation of critical irrigation infrastructure in three regions in Serbia: Negotin, Svilajnac and Vojvodina. In addition, the continuation of cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management is foreseen through assistance in the preparation of the first Irrigation Strategy in the country, as well as the five-year action plan.

One of the components of the project that SeConS participates in is the implementation of measures aimed at strengthening the capacities of agricultural advisory and expert services for gender-responsive service delivery.