Gender
(FAO, 2020)

The purpose of this study was to analyse the position of women in the maize and bean value chains in Rwanda, as well as the current and potential role of financial service providers (FSPs) in strengthening the positioning of women in these chains. The study used the women’s economic empowerment framework for the conceptual analysis, while similarly looking at overall financial inclusion indicators. This was all done within the context of a value chain analysis. The value chain concept provided a framework for analysis and explained the different functions in the value chains for bean and for maize, including the roles of men and women. The analysis showed how the available financial services not only reached women but also benefited and empowered them. 92 pp.

(FAO, 2020)

This paper highlights the effective use of early warning information and flexible finance mechanisms that can mitigate or even prevent humanitarian disasters. In general, women and children are 14 times more likely than men to experience displacement or die during a disaster. This varies by country, with a higher likelihood in places where women’s socioeconomic status is low and a lower likelihood in places with more equal gender relations. Acting on early warning information has been shown to curb projected increases in food insecurity, malnutrition and rural poverty. 32 pp.

(FAO, 2020)

The purpose of this report is to enrich AU’s knowledge and information base on gender and agrifood systems, food and nutrition security, and natural resource management to promote gender-responsive policies and actions and monitor progress towards AU gender benchmarks. Persisting gender inequality inhibits productivity and food and nutrition outcomes. Embracing gender transformative approaches is, therefore, critical to achieve accelerated agricultural growth, shared prosperity, improved livelihoods and zero hunger; all of which contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 204 pp.

(FAO, 2020)

This leaflet will present the aim of the subprogramme, which is to enhance women’s participation in and the benefits they receive from the development of selected value chains through improved access to resources and innovative and climate-resilient services, technologies and practices. This subprogramme will contribute to enhancing food security and nutrition in SIDS through the development of efficient, resilient and inclusive food systems, which are key to mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural settings. Current sociocultural norms largely inhibit a woman’s ability to exercise power and autonomous decision-making. Addressing gender inequalities in food systems can ensure that women and men engage in and benefit equally from agricultural markets and rural economies to better sustain and improve their livelihoods. 4 pp.

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