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June 2002

Background documents for "Rural women: crucial partners in the fight against hunger and poverty"

World Food Summit: five years later
Side event
Rome, 12 June 2002

World Food Summit: Five Years Later
Side Event


Rural women: crucial partners in the fight against hunger and poverty

Green Room, 12 June 2002, 09:00 - 12:30

The side event on "Rural women: crucial partners in the fight against hunger and poverty" will provide an occasion for various stakeholders to meet in an open forum to gain visibility, recognition and support for the role and contributions of rural women in achieving the targets of the World Food Summit of 1996. It will focus on the need to mobilize increased political will and resources for removing persisting gender inequalities, in the access to, control over, and sharing of the benefits from natural resources and related services.

The side event will be co-chaired by H.E. Margareta Winberg, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Sweden and H.E. Thoko Didiza, Minister for Agriculture and Land Affairs, South Africa. Welcoming remarks by the Director General or the Deputy Director General of FAO will be followed by short introductions by the Co-Chairs, and Sissel Ekaas, Director of FAO's Gender and Population Division. Two specially invited speakers (Rosalina Tuyuc Velázquez, Guatemala and Vandana Shiva, India) will share their views and stimulate the discussion. It is hoped that the event will produce a strong message in support of rural women, from FAO and its constituency gathered in Rome, which could also be transmitted to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held this year in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September this year.



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