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Women’s resilience to food price volatility: A policy response

(FAO, 2014)

Rural women, traditionally responsible for providing food and health in the household, face major constraints in fulfilling their roles, rendering them more vulnerable to food price spikes. This discussion paper points to two aspects that, in general terms, reduce women’s ability to absorb and respond to shocks in a high and volatile food price setting: the inequalities that create a gender gap in rural development and women’s traditional roles in society and the household. 25pp.

Good practice policies to eliminate gender inequalities in fish value chains

(FAO, 2013)

Women are found in almost all fisheries-related occupations, and represent nearly half of the estimated 180 million or more people worldwide working in fisheries and aquaculture. But despite their crucial contributions to the fishery industry and to household livelihoods and nutrition, they are often invisible to policy-makers who have traditionally assumed that fisheries are largely a male domain. This paper highlights some of the key gender inequalities in fisheries and aquaculture value chains that lead to marked underperformance by women, and proposes some good practice policies that can lead to sustainable increases in production, processing and marketing of high-quality fish; increases in women’s incomes and those of their families; and a reduction in household food insecurity and malnutrition among the poor. 97 pp.

Ending poverty: Learning from good practices of small and marginal farmers

(FAO, 2013)

In 2009, FAO began collaborating with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India on an interactive and mutual learning process: the Exposure and Dialogue Programme (EDP). Since then, over 50 FAO staff members have had the opportunity to take part in the daily lives of rural farmers through the FAO-SEWA EDP, witnessing firsthand the capabilities of small and marginalized farmers to address fundamental constraints and lift themselves out of poverty. With access to technical and financial skills and education, rural farmers can improve their livelihoods substantially and also become a motivational example for other farmers facing similar conditions. 61 pp.

Gender Equality and Food Security – Women’s empowerment as a tool against hunger

(Asian Development Bank, 2013)

This report explores how gender equality can contribute to food security. The focus is on Asia and the Pacific, though developments in other regions are also referenced. The report describes the relationship between gender-based discrimination and the different channels through which households and individuals access food. It concludes that while equality of treatment between women and men and food security are mutually supportive, gender equality remains an elusive goal in many regions, and a transformation of traditional gender roles is urgently needed. 114 pp.

 

 


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