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Rural Women's Economic Empowerment

(FAO, 2014)

Reducing gender inequalities in the agricultural sector offers a critical development pathway for FAO to achieve its three global goals on hunger reduction, economic development (which includes the elimination of poverty) and the sustainable management of natural resources. This information note presents FAO's initiative on Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment, which focuses on strengthening the ability and commitment of member countries in implementing rural poverty reduction and food security programmes that benefit women and men equally. 2 pp.

Dimitra Newsletter 27

(FAO, 2015)

The Dimitra newsletter outlines the Dimitra project’s most recent activities and achievements, especially the development and growing impact of the listeners’ clubs. This edition highlights the need to support rural youth, and the advantages of greater investment in children and young people, especially in regard to their important role in agriculture, hunger eradication and improving nutrition across the globe. 24 pp.

Rural Women in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

(FAO, 2014)

A new book from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reveals that rural women in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia often face the same hardships as their sisters in other regions of the world.

Rural Women in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, published in hardcover this week and also available online, uses data to provide a better overview of the gender gap in agriculture and rural areas. 60 pp.

The impact of cash transfers on the economic advancement, decision-making and capacity of women

(FAO, 2015)

It is often claimed that cash transfer (CT) schemes have an empowering effect on women, but available evidence on empowerment outcomes is far from conclusive, particularly as to whether CTs actually improve women’s bargaining power and decision-making in the household. Issued by the From Protection to Production programme, this policy brief considers the concrete benefits of CT schemes for women, particularly in the context of economic empowerment, economic advancement, decision-making power, self-esteem and social empowerment. 4 pp.

Running out of time: The reduction of women’s work burden in agricultural production

(FAO, 2015)

Based on a broad literature review, this publication discusses rural women’s time poverty in agriculture, elaborates on its possible causes and implications and provides insight into the various types of constraints that affect the adoption of solutions for reducing work burden. The paper raises questions about the adequacy of women’s access to technologies, services and infrastructure and about the control women have over their time, given their major contributions to agriculture. It also looks into the available labour-saving technologies, practices and services that can support women to better address the demands derived from the domestic and productive spheres and improve their well-being. 46 pp.


CFS Forum on Women's Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition

25 September 2017


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