Qualitative research on the impacts of social protection on rural women’s economic empowerment: The Malawi Social Cash Transfer Programme (Country Case Study Report)

(FAO, 2017)

In 2006, the Government of Malawi initiated a Social Cash Transfer Programme (SCTP), which it called Mtukula Pakhomo (‘Lifting up Families’). This report presents the findings from a qualitative research study (conducted in September 2015) of the Programme, and of its impacts on rural women’s economic empowerment. 117 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.

Stepping Stones in Senegal: Towards Climate Change Resilient Communities

Through a combination of successful FAO approaches, in particular Dimitra Clubs and Farmer Field Schools, the men and women of agro-pastoral communities in central Senegal are working together to tackle climate change challenges.

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.

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.

Achieving Gender Equality for Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture

5 July 2017, Rome – A special event on gender equality and women's empowerment on the sidelines of the 40th Session of the FAO Conference.

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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