Normes environnementales et sociales

Environmental and Social Safeguard 8 (ESS 8) Gender Equality

ESS 8 recognizes that gender equality is a major factor of sustainability for interventions in the agriculture and rural development sector. ESS 8 is closely related to ESS 7 and 9 and follows the FAO Policy on Gender Equality, which sets an organization wide accountability framework for the delivery of its minimum standards for gender mainstreaming and women-specific targeted interventions.


  • Provide equal access to and control over productive resources, services and markets.
  • Strengthen women and men’s participation in decision-making in rural institutions and policy processes.
  • Ensure that all stakeholders benefit equally from development interventions and that inequality is not reinforced or perpetuated.

Read the full ESS 8 here.