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Enhancing the potential of family farming for poverty reduction and food security through gender-sensitive rural advisory services

(FAO, 2015)

This paper looks at the gender-differentiated barriers in access to rural advisory services (RAS) and the challenges of effectively targeting women family farmers when delivering these services. It provides examples of good practices in responding to women farmers’ specific requirements in supporting their economic empowerment, as well as recommendations for demand-driven, gender-sensitive RAS for improved food security and poverty reduction. 76 pp.

Moving Forward on Choosing a Standard Operational Indicator of Women’s Dietary Diversity

(FAO, 2015)

Dietary diversity is crucial for vulnerable groups, in particular for women of reproductive age (WRA). Can dietary diversity be measured and used as a simple population-level proxy indicator collected via large-scale surveys to reflect the micronutrient adequacy of WRA’s diets? In 2005-2010, results from the Women’s Dietary Diversity Project (WDDP) on the relationship between food group diversity and micronutrient adequacy of the diets of WRA did not lead to the development of a dichotomous indicator for use across all contexts. To address this need, FAO initiated in 2012 a follow-up project (WDDP II) aiming to a) identify additional datasets to analyse; b) explore if larger number of datasets strengthens evidence to inform the most appropriate food group composition to comprise the indicator; c) investigate whether a standard cut-off can be identified to formulate a valid dichotomous women’s dietary diversity indicator. 226 pp.

Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture: Module 18 for the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook

(FAO; World Bank; IFAD; 2015)

This latest module of the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook provides a comprehensive menu of practical tools and guidance for integrating gender in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of projects and investments in climate-smart agriculture (CSA). 96 pp.

Social Protection and Women's Empowerment: Rural Transformations Information Note #2

(FAO, 2015)

Extending social protection to rural populations has great potential for fostering rural women’s economic empowerment. However, to tap into this potential, more needs to be done to make social protection policies and programmes more gender sensitive and to better align them with agricultural and rural development policies that address gender inequalities and sustainable poverty reduction. 2 pp.





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