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FAO WORKS with Member Nations in formulating and implementing agricultural projects and programmes. As part of the formulation process, FAO's Gender and Development Service provides guidance to Member Nations and other technical units to incorporate gender and HRM concerns in projects and programmes across many sectors (e.g. Technical Cooperation Programme projects.

FAO WORKS to build the capacity of technical specialists and decision-makers to address HRM concerns in agricultural planning and policy better. Recently, through the Integrated Support to Sustainable Development and Food Security Programme (, strategies to mitigate the impacts of HIV/AIDS on rural households and their livelihoods were explored (e.g. labour-saving technologies, improved nutrition through home and school gardens, legal assistance). Appropriate training approaches and materials have been developed that can be adapted by specialists around the world (e.g. Rural households and resources: a SEAGA guide for community-based extension workers.

SINCE THE EARLY 1990S, FAO has been working with other organizations to improve the production and use of gender-disaggregated data (GDD) in support of agricultural policy and planning. Recently, FAO developed and field-tested training materials on GDD for agricultural data users and producers. These help specialists explore, and understand better the importance of HRM dynamics - resource access and control, gendered division of labour, time-use, seasonal differences, etc. (e.g. Gender-disaggregated data for agriculture and rural development: Facilitation guide.


Gender and Population Division
Sustainable Development Department
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome, Italy
Tel. (+39) 06 57054388 - Fax (+39) 06 5705 2004

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