The United Nations Rome-based agencies committed to supporting agricultural cooperatives

The UN launched the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 (IYC) on October 31 at the General Assembly in New York. On this occasion, FAO, IFAD and WFP held a side event on the role of agricultural cooperatives in improving the lives of smallholder men and women farmers and increasing global food security, and announced they would remain committed to supporting agricultural cooperatives throughout the year ahead and beyond.

Investing in gender equality at the heart of food security

Gender equality was discussed as a prominent factor of food security at FAO’s celebration of World Food Day 2011 and throughout the 37th session of the United Nations Committee on Global Food Security (CFS), held at headquarters 17-22 October.

Lead expert group paves way for improved global institutional and policy framework for rural women’s economic empowerment

FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Women convened an Expert Group Meeting from the 20-23 September 2011 in Accra, Ghana to identify strategies and recommendations to enhance the economic empowerment of rural women.

Forest ownership rights can improve peoples’ livelihoods

Reforming forest tenure systems and securing forest ownership rights can significantly improve peoples’ livelihoods and enable them to gain income from forest products, said FAO in a newly published guide, Reforming Forest Tenure.

FAO’s 37th Biennial Conference: A commitment to women in agriculture at the highest Level

The vital role of women in agriculture and rural development was the theme of the thirty-seventh session of the biennial FAO Governing Conference (25 June-2 July 2011).
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