Gender equality is central to FAO’s mandate for achieving food security for all by raising levels of nutrition, improving agricultural productivity and natural resource management and improving the lives of rural population. Working towards gender equality will increase the impact of FAO interventions, while at the same time contributing to the achievement of the broader UN goal of human rights and social justice.
The goal of the FAO’s Policy on Gender Equality is “to achieve equality between women and men in sustainable agricultural production and rural development for the elimination of hunger and poverty”.
This goal is based on a number of Objectives designed to guide FAO’s work in advancing women’s and men’s equal voice, and access to resources and services.
FAOSEC works with Central Asian countries, other UN agencies, and bilateral, CSO and private sector partners to make progress as specified below to make progress towards achieving the following objectives by 2025 in the sub-region:
- Women participate equally with men as decision-makers in rural institutions and in shaping laws, policies and programmes;
- Women and men have equal access to and control over decent employment and income, land and other productive resources;
- Women and men have equal access to goods and services for agricultural development and to markets;
- Women’s work burden is reduced by 20% through improved technologies, services and infrastructure;
- The share of total agricultural aid committed to projects related to women and gender equality is increased to 30 percent.