Dimitra Newsletter 25 is now available in English and French (entire newsletter).
This edition opens with a report of the last session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which has helped to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment feature prominently in the post-2015 development agenda, which is to succeed the present agenda centered at the Millennium Development Goals and whose 2015 deadline is nearing fast. Today, the post-2015 development agenda is at the centre of discussions within the international community on intensifying efforts to take up the world’s major development challenges, including eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and achieving sustainable food security. As always, several articles in the newsletter are devoted to news from the Dimitra listeners’ clubs, particularly in Senegal, where they are working together with Farmer Field Schools as part of the IPPM Programme, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where a traditional chief made an important speech. A number of articles focus on South-South cooperation, which enables countries in the South to pool and exchange practices and knowledge, etc. The long experience of the Dimitra listeners’ clubs in Niger has benefited clubs in Senegal, Mauritania and Ghana, while that of Sud-Kivu, in DRC, has been shared with clubs in Burundi. For the past 17 years, South-South cooperation has received support from FAO as part of its food security programmes. And for the past 15 years, FAO has been engaged in seeking funds to tackle poverty and empower rural women. The Women’s Portrait profiles Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng, a leader from Uganda who is campaining for women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict settings. Other articles highlight the contribution of family farming to food security and FAO’s, especially in the context of the International Year of Family Farming and the FAO-AMARC partnership in the field of radio and the media. This partnership has resulted in the launch of communication for development regional platforms. The one dedicated to Africa is called YenKasa. Finally, civil society involvement in developing guidelines for sustainable small-scale fishing is described in this issue, and a new FAO learning module for experience capitalization is presented.