Economic and Social Development Department

policy briefs

March 2010

Gender and Land Rights

Understanding complexities; adjusting policies

Increasing women’s access to land is crucial to fight hunger and poverty. However, gender disparities in land access remain significant in most countries, regardless of their level of development. A new FAO database helps to understand the factors that prevent [...]

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February 2010

When Emergencies Last for Decades

How to improve food security in protracted crises

33 countries currently face a food security crisis, 14 of which have been in this situation for more than a decade. When emergencies continue for such extended periods of time, traditional humanitarian and development paradigms are not suitable for guiding [...]

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September 2009

Hunger in the Face of Crisis

Global economic slowdown underscores urgency of addressing long-term challenges

More than one billion people are undernourished worldwide. FAO estimates show a significant deterioration of an already disappointing trend witnessed over the past ten years. The large increase in the number of undernourished people in 2009 underlines the urgency of [...]

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