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From Dialogue to Action - The Empowerment of Rural Women in Agriculture
A panel discussion in the margins of the ECOSOC High Level Segment, Substantive Session 2010, 29 June 2010

On the occasion of the 2010 Substantive Session of the Economic and Social Council, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in close collaboration with other UN agencies and Non-Governmental stakeholders, will organize a high level luncheon discussion on the role of women in agriculture and rural development. The event will take place on 29 June 2010, 1.15pm - 2.45pm.This event builds on teh outcome of the Global Preparatory Meeting of ECOSOC, held 22 April, on the theme "Who Feeds the World in 2010 and Beyond: Rural Women as Agents of Change and Champions of Global Food Security"  which focused on rural women's role as agents of change and champions of global food security. The discussion aims to create additional momentum in support of rural women’s critical role in economic development, poverty eradication, and the achievement of all international development goals.

The programe will include a high-level panel discussion of distinguished speakers, including H.E. Ms. Florence Chenoweth, Minister of  Agriculture of Liberia, H.E. Ms. Patricia Haslach, Deputy Coordinator for Diplomacy, Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative of the United States State Department, Ms. Myrta Kaulard, Country Director for Haiti of World Food Program, and Ms. Nereide Segala Coelho,  President of the Cooperative Ser do Sertao from Bahia, a woman farmer and grassroots leader from Brazil. 

Click icons below to read the panel discussion's concept note and program. To read the ECOSOC President's summary of the Global Preparatory Meeting, visit the ECOSOC site: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/gpm2010.shtml

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Panelists at the interactive discussion on the state of food security and agriculture, 11 June 2010
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