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Agroecological training on biofertilisers improves women’s livelihoods in Togo.

In the Plateaux region of Togo, the natural richness of the soil means that farming is the primary livelihood of those who live there. In the Kpélé Prefecture, in the south-west, the relatively mild climates and good rainfall should make it perfect for agriculture. However, the farming communities have witnessed...
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
A pathway to food security: Tackling the Issue of Land Rights as a Pathway to Food Security in Uganda

Amplifying the voices of women farmers is proving an effective way to help tackle gender inequality and promote agroecology, helping small-scale farmers take back power over their land.
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Blog article
Promote agriculture so that more women are landholders and not labourers

This essay emphasises the significance of taking action to address the enormous and severe gender disparity in agriculture. It is still a cliché that women are capable of toiling the land but not of owning it. Every day, women in agriculture confront the derogatory stereotype that farming is a man's...

Blog article
Rural women embrace agroecology to overcome social and environmental hurdles

Celebrating the contributions of rural and indigenous women to healthy food systems and a sustainable tomorrow
Celebrating the contributions of rural and indigenous women to healthy food systems and a sustainable tomorrow The adoption of agroecology has united local communities by providing sharing and learning opportunities for rural women farmers. African rural and indigenous women remain undeterred in their commitment to the practice of agroecology and continue to...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

La nueva serie Informes País Mujeres Rurales, la Iniciativa Mujer Rural y Derecho a la Tierra

La nueva serie Informes País Mujeres Rurales, la Iniciativa Mujer Rural y Derecho a la Tierra ofrece una mirada a la situación de las mujeres rurales en distintos países de Latinoamérica. Presenta datos unificados para entender sus condiciones demográficas, analizamos los mecanismos institucionales con los que cuentan para la garantía de...
2022 - International Land Coalition (ILC)

Blog article
Resilience Food Stories - JAMBO

The Mugisa Tadeo family lives in the west of Uganda. A couple with seven children, they all live on a five-acre patch of land that has belonged to the family for generations. They live from what grows there: bananas, maize and coffee. The coffee earns them a meagre income. Kawoda is...
2022 - Resilience Food Stories

Climate resilience and disaster risk analysis for gender-sensitive value chains

A guidance note
The purpose of this publication is to facilitate gender analysis in value chain operations, considering climate change effects, in order to enhance adaptive capacities of value chain actors. It aims to facilitate the analysis of the factors that determine gender-differentiated vulnerability to climate change and risks. It is intended for...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Case study
“I found this group of women with a unique business model. And I thought it was wonderful that the very same oil we ate at home could also […] provide income streams in areas such as cosmetics.” 

Martha Negumbo -- Namibia
  Marula has long been a staple in Namibian homes, where both the nut and the fruit have a reputation for being healthy and the nut oil is popular for skin care and cooking. In recent years, international companies, too, have caught on to the oil – and with demand booming,...
2022 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Where Indigenous feminisms and food sovereignties meet

Destruction of Indigenous women and of Indigenous food systems were two powerful weapons used by colonists to conquer the North American continent. Today, stories of recovering traditional foodways are braided in with stories of re-making women’s place in society, as well as reclaiming the important role of two-spirit people. Previous to colonization,...
2022 - Agroecology Now

Directrices de empleo seguro y saludable para las mujeres trabajadoras de la industria bananera en América Latina

El documento tiene como objetivo contribuir a una mejora en las condiciones laborales de las mujeres en la industria bananera latinoamericana, a traves de directrices para el empleo seguro y saludable de las trabajadoras en una industria que históricamente ha estado dominada por los hombres. Cuenta con contribuciones de mujeres...
Colombia - Costa Rica - Ecuador - Guatemala
2022 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

European Network for Rural Development ENRD - September 2022 Newsletter

The ENRD newsletter provides all the latest rural development news from Europe straight to your inbox once a month. From policy updates to ENRD meetings and from project outcomes to online videos, this new and updated tool aims to provide something for everybody interested in rural development policy in Europe....
European Union
2022 - European Network for Rural Development ENRD

Technical paper
Gender-related impacts of the Ukraine Conflict

Entry points for gender-responsive and inclusive interventions for Ukraine crisis
Since 2014 the ongoing conflict has been affecting people’s lives and driving humanitarian needs in eastern Ukraine, particularly in the Donbas region. The recent war in Ukraine is posing additional risks on civilians, particularly women and children, as is predicted to become the largest humanitarian emergency in Europe since World...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
The female guardians of Venezuela’s Imataca Forest Reserve

The indigenous women spearheading an FAO-GEF forest conservation project
It is around five in the morning, and the Imataca Forest Reserve is stirring with the voices of Kariña women. They advance towards the middle of the jungle, bound for the Botanamo river to gather the day’s water. Then, these indigenous women will prepare “casabe”, a circular tortilla made from...
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Blog article
The baobab value chain-how ORGIIS is empowering women in the upper east region of Ghana in agriculture.

ORGIIS Ghana, also, Organisation for Indigenous Initiatives and Sustainability, is a local non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Upper East Region. The organisation is on a mission to empower people using local knowledge to create sustainable communities through indigenous and endogenous development. Its strategic location in Paga allows the organisation...

Working paper
Taking stock of smallholder inclusion in modern value chains: ambitions, reality and signs of change

This report examines the promise and reality of including smallholders from developing countries in modern value chains as a path to sustainable development. Drawing on an extensive literature review and interviews with diverse stakeholders, we lay out the ambitions, expectations and assumptions hanging on smallholder inclusion with regard to income,...
2022 - International Institute for Environment and Development

Technical paper
La autonomía de las mujeres y la igualdad de género en el centro de la acción climática en América Latina y el Caribe

Este documento fue elaborado como parte del proceso de preparación hacia el 66º período de sesiones de la Comisión de la Condición Jurídica y Social de la Mujer, que tuvo como tema prioritario “El logro de la igualdad entre los géneros y el empoderamiento de todas las mujeres y las...
2022 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

First look – Rural Europe Takes Action e-book

This book is dedicated to European Citizens who struggle for a more resilient Europe Beyond current policies and borders. It is offered to all who contributed to this policy guide for the rural future with their experience and precious time, so that we could gather this treasure of collective intelligence the...
European Union
2022 - Forum Synergies

Good practices, lessons learned and challenges in the implementation of the un declaration on the rights of peasants

In December 2018, after 6 years of negotiations and 17 years of awareness raising, advocacy and studies at different levels and with different countries, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP), which codifies in...
2022 - Geneva Academy, with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Missions to the UN in Geneva of Bolivia, South Africa and Luxembourg, OHCHR, La Via Campesina, CETIM, FIAN International and the South Center

Blog article
Smallholder farmers gain greater recognition in 2022 and unify their voice

Significant steps have been taken in 2022 to raise the visibility of forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs) and gain greater recognition of their important role in reversing climate change, biodiversity loss, and stamping out persistent rural poverty and inequality. FFPOs are grassroots-led self-organized entities, including farmers unions, cooperatives, Indigenous Peoples...
2022 - AFA

For feminist agroecologies

What is the story behind the food you eat? What if people actually valued all the underpaid and unpaid labor that goes into food? What if women were not doing most of the work? And if women and girls weren’t the last ones to eat? What if it weren't mostly...
2022 - Agroecology Now
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