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Gender-equitable rural work to reduce poverty and boost economic growth

(FAO/ IFAD/ ILO, 2010)

Equal access to decent employment is particularly important for rural women, as a means to ensure their families’ livelihoods and well-being. This Policy Brief presents key issues and policy recommendations to help tackle decent work deficits and gaps. 4 pp.

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.



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