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(FAO, 2018)

Gender-aware rural advisory services can help close the gender gap in agriculture by making information, new technologies, skills and knowledge more relevant and accessible to both women and men farmers, with positive effects on household incomes, food security and nutrition. The Gender and Rural Advisory Services Assessment Tool (GRAST) is designed to support providers of rural advisory services in their efforts to develop gender-sensitive programmes. By undertaking a gender assessment of rural advisory services at policy, organizational and individual levels, the GRAST provides entry points for improving the gender-responsiveness of the design and delivery of advisory services in a truly transformative manner. Its ultimate objective is to ensure that rural advisory services respond to the needs and priorities of both rural women and men and that, as a consequence, they can equally access and benefit from these services. 96 pp.

Sri Lanka: Country gender assessment of agriculture and the rural sector

In FAO gender policy, a gender country assessment is one of the requirements for mainstreaming gender in national agricultural and rural development policy processes. This assessment involved a comprehensive desk review and a gap analysis, and field work that included focus group discussions, key stakeholder interviews and observations. 88 pp.

Equal access to resources and power for food security in the face of climate change

This infographic shows women’s access to financial and productive resources, decision-making fora, knowledge, technology, land, water, services and markets, illustrating the link to food security and climate change.

Rural women and the Millennium Development Goals

In the developing world, women are the backbone of rural economies. Yet, with only a few exceptions, rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women and men for every MDG indicator for which data are available.

Manca Trawally has been a rice farmer in the Gambia for 50 years. In this video, she tells the story of how climate change has impacted her farming activities.
Elisabetta Tagliati, FAO Programme Officer, Rotterdam Convention, explains the challenges and risks that rural families, especially women, across the developing world face in coming into contact with pesticides both while working in agriculture and at home.
5 July 2017, Rome – A special event on gender equality and women's empowerment on the sidelines of the 40th Session of the FAO Conference.