FAO recognizes the importance of promoting the full and equitable participation of rural women and men in efforts to improve food security, reduce poverty, and fuel social and economic development. Without rural women’s economic and social empowerment and gender equality, food security will not be achieved. FAO promotes the equal participation of rural women in decision making processes, employment opportunities and access to and control of resources.
FAO develops tool kits, guidelines and training programmes for the production and analysis of sex disaggregated data that enable targeted intervention on the vital role rural men and women play in ensuring food security, especially at the household level. FAO builds technical capacity among member countries to address gender issues in policy and programme development; works directly with rural women and men to strengthen their agricultural and livelihoods skills; assists member countries to identify and remove obstacles to women’s equal participation and decision-making; supports the formulation of gender-sensitive national and regional agricultural policies; links rural women and men through an information and communication network; and shares good practices that highlight women’s roles.