We cannot end hunger and poverty without empowering both men and women farmers. 

Today, agriculture and food systems face an unprecedented array of challenges. We must feed a growing global population in a context of persisting and emerging economic, environmental and social concerns. These include price volatility, market insecurity, conflicts, protracted crises, mass migrations and more, all of which are exacerbated by rapid urbanization, shifts in dietary patterns and livelihood systems, natural resource depletion and climate change. 

Faced with these challenges, it is more important than ever that the agriculture sector perform to its full capacity, while also becoming more efficient, inclusive and sustainable. FAO recognizes that in order to achieve this, we must address the persisting inequalities that effect the underperformance of agriculture in many countries. We need to work with and empower rural women, men, girls and boys.


Did you know

...that the UN joint programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women (RWEE) has empowered thousands of rural women, men, and families in communities around the world?

Working together through the programme, FAO, IFAD, WFP and UN Women have reached a total of 51 180 participants (40 227 women and 10 953 men), as well as over 465 000 household members (directly and indirectly) in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger, and Rwanda. Click here to learn more.