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Understanding the Role of Social Protection in Advancing Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment: Towards Sustainable Poverty Reduction

(FAO, 2015)

This technical note proposes a framework for understanding the contribution of social protection to rural women’s empowerment, particularly how different social protection schemes contribute to this goal and what gaps need to be addressed by other rural services and livelihood interventions. 48 pp.

Gender and Land Statistics: Recent developments in FAO’s Gender and Land Rights Database

(FAO, 2015)

Current efforts to streamline and compile international statistics on gender and land in a unified framework provide the entry point for expanded statistical content in the Gender and Land Rights Database (GLRD). This Technical Note describes the statistics of the GLRD in detail. 35 pp.

Enhancing the potential of family farming for poverty reduction and food security through gender-sensitive rural advisory services

(FAO, 2015)

This paper looks at the gender-differentiated barriers in access to rural advisory services (RAS) and the challenges of effectively targeting women family farmers when delivering these services. It provides examples of good practices in responding to women farmers’ specific requirements in supporting their economic empowerment, as well as recommendations for demand-driven, gender-sensitive RAS for improved food security and poverty reduction. 76 pp.

Moving Forward on Choosing a Standard Operational Indicator of Women’s Dietary Diversity

(FAO, 2015)

Dietary diversity is crucial for vulnerable groups, in particular for women of reproductive age (WRA). Can dietary diversity be measured and used as a simple population-level proxy indicator collected via large-scale surveys to reflect the micronutrient adequacy of WRA’s diets? In 2005-2010, results from the Women’s Dietary Diversity Project (WDDP) on the relationship between food group diversity and micronutrient adequacy of the diets of WRA did not lead to the development of a dichotomous indicator for use across all contexts. To address this need, FAO initiated in 2012 a follow-up project (WDDP II) aiming to a) identify additional datasets to analyse; b) explore if larger number of datasets strengthens evidence to inform the most appropriate food group composition to comprise the indicator; c) investigate whether a standard cut-off can be identified to formulate a valid dichotomous women’s dietary diversity indicator. 226 pp.

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