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CEDAW - A tool for gender-sensitive agriculture and rural development policy and programme formulation

(FAO, 2013)

Agricultural policies need to address gender inequalities to ensure effective development interventions that can achieve positive and sustainable results in the lives of rural women, men, girls and boys. One powerful instrument for promoting the realization of the rights and potential of rural women and girls is the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This publication provides guidance on the support and use of CEDAW in country level policy development and programming, to achieve equality between men and women in agriculture and rural development. 38 pp.

Mainstreaming Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture

(FAO, 2013)

FAO's The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012 highlighted gender mainstreaming as a key issue for the sector. These developments led the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department to review progress in advancing gender equality in fisheries and aquaculture and to assess the extent to which policies, research and action projects are oriented towards gender equality and women's empowerment. With this aim, it conducted a stock-taking and planning exercise on mainstreaming gender in fisheries and aquaculture. 55 pp.

Guidance on how to address decent rural employment in FAO country activities (Second Edition)

(FAO/ILO, 2013)

FAO has a crucial role to play in promoting rural employment and decent work in rural areas, specifically with respect to informal employment in agriculture. This guidance document aims to assist FAO Representatives, staff and consultants to better reflect rural employment and decent work concerns in their work. 57 pp.

Invisible guardians: Women manage livestock diversity

(FAO, 2012)

This publication presents an analysis of women’s role in the sustainable use, development and conservation of animal genetic resources. The differential roles of men and women have largely been neglected in studies of animal genetic resources management, but by piecing together several strands of argument and indirect evidence it can be concluded that women are the main guardians of livestock diversity. 74 pp.

Sustainable nutrition security: Restoring the bridge between agriculture and health

M. Traoré, B. Thompson, G. Thomas (FAO, 2012)

Sustainable improvements in the nutritional status of women and their children will only be possible when their diets provide all the macro- and micronutrients they need. Narrowing the nutrition gap requires “nutrition-sensitive” food and agriculture systems that explicitly incorporate nutrition objectives. 40 pp.




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