Sustainable Development Goals

Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

FAO recognizes the importance of promoting the full and equitable participation of women and men in efforts to improve food security, reduce poverty, and fuel sustainable rural development. Without gender equality and rural women’s economic and social empowerment, food security will not be achieved.

FAO promotes the equal participation of rural women in decision making processes, economic opportunities, and access to and control of resources and assets.

FAO develops tools, guidelines and training programmes for the production and analysis of sex-disaggregated data to enable targeted interventions in support of the vital roles that rural men and women play in ensuring food security.

FAO also builds technical capacity among member countries to analyse rural gender issues and address them in policy and programme development; works to strengthen their agricultural and livelihoods skills of rural women and men; assists member countries to advance rural women’s equal participation in decision-making at all levels; supports the formulation of gender-sensitive national and regional agricultural policies; links rural women and men through information and communication networks; and develops and shares good practices that contribute to the economic and social empowerment of rural women.

MDG3 has one target

  • Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015

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The female face of farming 

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Closing the gender gap in agriculture


Closing the gap between men and women in agriculture

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