It is crucial to raise the profile of rural women and shed light on their struggles, panelists agreed during a discussion on “What Can We Do to Empower Rural Women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda?” organized by FAO, WFP, IFAD and UN Women to commemorate the 2014 International Day for Rural Women at the UN Headquarters on 15 October.
Ninety-nine years of secure access to good-quality land. To a rural women's group in Banizoumbou, Niger, this isn't just a fairy-tale. It represents the kind of happy ending you can have when everyone in and around a rural community – from the village chief and the landowning men to the landless women, from government ministries and local NGOs to international organizations and research institutes – communicate effectively, share information and work together.
'Me Maphoka Thaba is a rural farmer in the village of Ha Khojane, Mahobong, in the district of Leribe, in northern Lesotho. Still active and energetic at 72, she has faced many problems that are all too common to rural farmers in Lesotho.