Research on rural women’s economic empowerment and social protection (Quantitative report on Rwanda Vision 2020 Umurenge Public Works)

(FAO, 2017)

This research focuses on the public works component of Rwanda’s government programme for poverty reduction and social protection. The research was based on a mixed method approach comprised of in-depth qualitative methods and quantitative surveys conducted in Rwanda in 2014. 58 pages

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.

Betty Ndugga, a female entrepreneur in Uganda

Betty Ndugga used to be a clothing trader in Uganda's capital of Kampala. After her husband died, she returned to her village and joined a local farmer field school, supported by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, where she was trained in coffee production. After that, she decided to establish a nursery.

FAO-Gender & Pesticides: Elisabetta Tagliati

Elisabetta Tagliati, FAO Programme Officer, Rotterdam Convention, explains the challenges and risks that rural families, especially women, across the developing world face in coming into contact with pesticides both while working in agriculture and at home.

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.

At CSW61: FAO's Hajnalka Petrics on CEDAW and the rights of rural women

Rural women can be "powerful economic agents," but policy makers must recognise their needs in order for them to "unleash" their potential, according to Hajnalka Petrics, Gender and Development Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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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