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The impact of the shea nut industry on women’s empowerment in Burkina Faso. Social Protection and Forestry Working Paper 3

Published: 2017
This study report, developed in collaboration with the Bright Futures of Burkina Faso, is based on the case study in Burkina Faso. It, through a survey of 183 women and [...]

Policy Brief

Strong rural–urban linkages are essential for poverty reduction. FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 5

Published: 2017
By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Should we thus be more concerned with urban development? On the contrary, we should still focus on rural [...]

Policy Brief

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals requires investing in rural areas. FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 3

Published: 2017
Achieving the SDGs to end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030 will depend crucially on developing rural areas in the poorest nations of the world. More resources need to be [...]


The Impact of Assistance on Poverty and Food Security in a Protracted Conflict Context: The Case of West Bank and Gaza Strip. Working Paper N. 13/2017

Published: 2017
This paper assesses what is the impact of assistance on the wellbeing of Palestinian households, using in an original way standard econometric techniques coupling the classical counterfactual framework of the impact evaluation [...]


The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017. Building Resilience for Peace and Food Security

Published: 2017
The international community is committed to ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition worldwide by 2030. While much progress has been made, conflict and human-induced and natural disasters are causing setbacks. This [...]


Towards Gender-Equitable Small-Scale Fisheries Governance and Development. A Handbook. In Support of the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication

Published: 2017
These Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication have been developed as a complement to the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible [...]


Mehaou - A Nigerien Grandmother, Farmer and Leader

Published: 2017
This video tells the story of Mehaou, an inspiring Nigerien farmer and grandmother who has overcome many challenges to provide for her family - including rearing, breeding and selling goats.  FAO [...]

Issue Paper

Social Protection and Resilience. Supporting Livelihoods in Protracted Crises and in Fragile and Humanitarian Contexts

Published: 2017
The paper discusses the role that social protection can play in saving livelihoods while also enhancing the capacity of households to respond, cope and withstand threats and crises. The paper [...]

Policy Dialogue

Food Insecurity Experience Scale – Voices of the Hungry

Published: 2017
Measuring food insecurity through people's experiences The Voices of the Hungry project has launched a tool called the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) which can be used to gather information about [...]


Strategic Work of FAO to Reduce Rural Poverty

Published: 2017
FAO helps countries achieve SDG1 (No poverty) and SDG2 (Zero hunger) by improving the livelihoods of poor and extreme poor rural people, including smallholders and family farmers.