Transforming political will into concrete action for rural women’s empowerment and food security

(FAO, 2016)

FAO works with member countries to facilitate the full implementation of CEDAW and of Article 14 of CEDAW in particular, to enhance the rights, potential, and opportunities of rural women. This in turn facilitates the implementation of other fundamental economic, cultural and social rights, including the right to adequate food, education and health. 4 pp.

Equal access to resources and power for food security in the face of climate change

This infographic shows women’s access to financial and productive resources, decision-making fora, knowledge, technology, land, water, services and markets, illustrating the link to food security and climate change.

Rural women and the Millennium Development Goals

In the developing world, women are the backbone of rural economies. Yet, with only a few exceptions, rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women and men for every MDG indicator for which data are available.

FAO Policy Series: Rural Poverty Reduction

Maya Takagi, Deputy Leader of the FAO Strategic Programme on Rural Poverty Reduction, and Ana Paula De La O Campos, Programme Adviser, together explain the importance of agriculture in poverty reduction and in improving rural lives.

Women's empowerment and gender equality

Kostas Stamoulis, FAO Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department, talks about the importance of women's empowerment and gender equality in rural communities, underlining the essential role of policy work.

FAO Webinar on Resilience: Gender equality in protracted crises

This webinar discusses policy responses and programming measures aimed at gender equality, based on FAO experiences in different protracted crisis contexts. It focuses in particular on the implementation of the recommendations and principles of the CFS Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises.

Step It Up Together with Rural Women to End Hunger and Poverty

16 December 2016, Rome – The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization is hosting a high-level event today at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, to address the structural causes and consequences of gender inequality in rural areas.

Gender and Land Rights Database

This database contains country-level information on the national and customary laws governing land use, property rights and inheritance. It offers information on women’s and men’s legal rights in access to land.

Social analysis for agriculture and rural investment projects

FAO’s Investment Centre Division has developed three complementary guides (The Manager’s Guide, The Practitioner’s Guide and The Field Guide) in a series entitled 'Social analysis for agriculture and rural investment projects.' These three guides demonstrate the application of social analysis to investment programmes and projects in agricultural and rural development.


Repository of policies, strategies and action plans on gender mainstreaming within the UN system

This online repository stores a collection of UN policies, strategies and action plans for gender mainstreaming within the UN system. It also features online tools and resources for capacity development and to support UN staff in the process of gender mainstreaming.

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