Resources ::: Publications

Investing in skills for socio-economic empowerment of rural women

(FAO/ IFAD/ ILO, 2010)

Higher barriers in education and training limit women's participation in better remunerated jobs and leadership roles. This Policy Brief highlights the need to widen skills development opportunities for both women and men to enhance rural productivity. 4 pp.

Rural women’s entrepreneurship is “good business”!

(FAO/ IFAD/ ILO, 2010)

Rural women’s entrepreneurship can provide a significant contribution to economic growth and poverty reduction. To promote women-led rural businesses, programmes and services must therefore respond to their specific needs and requirements. 4 pp.

Agricultural value chain development: Threat or opportunity for women’s employment?

(FAO/ IFAD/ ILO, 2010)

This Policy Brief provides recommendations on how to minimize the risks and enhance the opportunities that modern agricultural value chains can offer rural men and women. 4 pp.

Women in infrastructure works: Boosting gender equality and rural development!

(FAO/ IFAD/ ILO, 2010)

Rural infrastructure programmes can create valuable work opportunities, as well as increase access to goods and services for rural people. This Policy Brief outlines ways to include the needs of both men and women when identifying, designing and implementing public works. 4 pp.

Making migration work for women and men in rural labour markets

(FAO/ IFAD / ILO, 2010)

Migrants, especially women, are often vulnerable to forms of discrimination and social exclusion. A combination of legal, policy and practical measures that address their needs is therefore key to increasing their social status and bargaining power. 4 pp.



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