Public Works and Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment: Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (Info Brief)

(FAO, 2016)

This brief summarizes findings of the first PtoP case study on rural women’s economic empowerment, focusing on the public works component of Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP), the government’s flagship programme for poverty reduction providing countrywide social protection. The research involved a mixed method approach comprising in-depth qualitative methods and quantitative surveys conducted in Rwanda in autumn 2014. 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.

A Women's Cooking Group in Mae Hong Son, Thailand

In Thailand, FAO is working with local authorities to empower communities and improve their livelihoods by developing local value chains. This video tells the story of a group of women in one such community, in the village of Mok Cham Pae in Mae Hong Son province.

The Role of Women in Fisheries

Fishers, like farmers, are not just men. Millions of women around the world work, paid or unpaid, in the fisheries sector. Although women are mainly involved in the tasks that come before and after the fish are hauled out of the water, they may also be there for the catch or the harvest.

Launch of Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women

FAO, IFAD, WFP and UN Women will demonstrate how UN agencies can work together more effectively and 'Deliver as One' to bring about a comprehensive UN system response to rural women's needs and aspirations.

CFS Side Event: Women, food security, peace & conflict

14 October 2014, Rome - Side Event during the 41st Committee on World Food Security on women, food security, peace and conflict.

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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