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High-level panel discussion at FAO for International Women’s Day


7 March 2014, Rome – On the eve of International Women’s Day 2014, high-level experts from the UN and partner organizations met at FAO Headquarters in Rome to discuss the theme "Closing the gender gap in agriculture”. Women play a remarkably strong role in Agriculture while facing an equally remarkable array of challenges. In this dialogue - jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) – guests highlighted the progress made for women in agriculture and emphasized the tenacity and strength displayed by the women working within Agricultural sectors worldwide. This year’s theme for International Women’s day is “Equality for women is progress for all”.

1. Statements from (00:00) José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO; (06:34) Michel Mordasini, Vice-President, IFAD; and (12:53) Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, WFP.

2. Statement from H.E. Mary Robinson, Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Justice and member of IDLO’s International Advisory Council.

3. Dialogue: Closing the gender gap in agriculture. Panelists include: H.E. Tehmina Janjua, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Irene Khan, Director-General, IDLO; Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General NR, FAO; Elisabeth Rasmusson, Assistant Executive Director, Partnership and Governance Services, WFP; Hoonae Kim, Director, Asia and Pacific Region, IFAD; Rose Akaki, member of WFO – Uganda (Kampala).