LGBTQIA+ Theme Month 2022
With a focus on inclusive employment practices; equitable access to input, output and service markets; outreach to LGBTQIA+ staff; engaging public and private sector actors around the business case; and nondiscrimination in hiring, development programs can be made more inclusive.v
There is a serious lack of research material available on LGBTQIA+ inclusion in agriculture, food security, resilience, nutrition, water security, sanitation and hygiene. “Sexual and Gender Minorities in Agricultural Research: The Hidden Mirror” notes that there is “very little literature on sexual and gender minorities in agriculture, nor is evidence found of agricultural policies which reference these groups.” Research on LGBTQIA+ integration into development programs focusing on nutrition, water security, sanitation and hygiene is similarly lacking. The dearth of data should not be interpreted to suggest there is a lack of discrimination, stigma and violence experienced by LGBTQIA+ people. Rather, the lack of data demonstrates the topic is under-researched and organizations should endeavor to more fully understand the unique challenges and needs of LGBTQIA+ people in this sector.