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Income inequality increased by 11 percent in developing countries between 1990 and 2010.
Women in rural areas are up to three times more likely to die while giving birth than women in urban centres.
78 percent of the world’s extreme poor live in rural areas and are highly dependent on natural resources.

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Globally, significant strides have been made towards lifting people out of hunger and poverty. However, inequalities still persist and large disparities remain and are increasing in access to income, food, land, health and education, especially in rural areas, where most of the poor live.

Poor and vulnerable people, especially rural women, continue to have limited access to land, natural resources, credit and services. Secure tenure rights for those who farm, keep livestock, fish, and manage forests are crucial for addressing inequalities.

Leaving no one behind is at the heart of FAO’s mandate to end hunger and poverty and achieve sustainable development. FAO works with countries and partners to reduce inequalities and remove structural constraints to making a living. This includes connecting vulnerable small-scale producers and family farmers to markets through rural infrastructure development and improved services, generating employment, improving access to finance, expanding social protection and ensuring access to natural resources for the poorest. 

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FAO Publications

Ending poverty and hunger by investing in agriculture and rural areas

The Regional Gender Strategy and Action Plan aims to provide focus for the FAO gender-related work in Asia and the Pacific and identify delivery mechanisms for the period 2017- 2019 [...]

Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security

The guidelines are the first comprehensive, global instrument on tenure and its administration to be prepared through [...]

Adopting a Territorial Approach to Food Security and Nutrition Policy

The calls for action are numerous: at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in September 2012, governments reaffirmed the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger [...]

 

 

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