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Newsletter article
Europe/IYAFA: Future Reimagined

Participants from 16 European countries discussed the analytical framework for better governance of fisheries, employing imaginative tools for greater collaboration
The last of the series of IYAFA workshops was convened by the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) in collaboration with Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE) and Mulleres Salgadas (MuS). The regional workshop for Europe was held on November 13-16, 2023, in Galicia, Spain. With its participatory and...
2024 - The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Newsletter article
Europe/IYAFA: Voice of a Brighter Future

A 15-year-old girl from an Irish island attended a workshop on small-scale fisheries for the first time. A first-person account of her excitement, of tough realities and hope
My name is Amelie Bonner. I am 15 years old. I love art, film, reading and music. I speak French, English and Irish. I am from Arranmore Island off the coast of Ireland. It is a beautiful island and is currently home to around 500 people. The community is small....
2024 - The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Blog article
Champions of change: Meet the winners of the 2024 IFAD Gender Awards

Since 2013, IFAD has recognized projects from every corner of the world that go the extra mile for gender equality. Acknowledging that sustainable development is impossible without rural women. Their empowerment is crucial to transforming food systems, building thriving rural communities and creating lasting prosperity for all. Let’s visit the five inspiring...
2024 - International Fund for Agricultural Development

Blog article
Alvaro Lario: “Without family farming, we would not have eaten today”

An interview with the President of IFAD
During the interview, Alvaro Lario, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), shed light on the pressing challenges facing family farming, particularly in the context of climate change. Lario underscored the essential role of small-scale farmers in global food security, highlighting their contributions to feeding billions of people...
2024 - Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA)

Journal article
Transforming agroforestry through gender practice: challenges and opportunities

Around the world, the agricultural sector relies heavily on women, especially in developing countries, but women’s restricted access to essential resources, hinders their agricultural productivity, resulting in increased poverty. A promising solution to this is agroforestry, a climate-smart agricultural practice which increases land productivity, providing socioeconomic and ecological benefits. Women’s...

Transforming Water Security Through Women's Leadership:Effective adaptation and stewardship amidst climate change and conflict

Effective adaptation and stewardship amidst climate change and conflict
This issue brief explores the women-led interventions to transform water security, stewardship, and management underway around the world to better understand the link between water security and gender equality and identify fruitful pathways to achieving both goals. Our analysis demonstrates the costs associated with undervaluing women’s expertise in water management,...
2024 - FP Analytics

Gender and inclusion in Forest Landscape Restoration

In this self-paced online course, you will learn the fundamentals of gender and social inclusion in forest landscapes restoration (FLR). The course focuses on gender inequalities, gender-differentiated impacts and opportunities to address inequalities for more equitable and sustainable FLR, to build the abilities and understanding of diverse stakeholders on the...
2024 - CGIAR Research program on Forest, Trees, and Agroforestry

Journal article
Climate action from a gender perspective: A systematic review of the impact of climate policies on inequality

In 1992 the United Nations committed to promoting a gender perspective in all environmental and development programs and to establishing mechanisms for assessing the impact of environmental policies on women. However, 30 years later most countries acknowledge that they have not integrated that perspective into policy assessments. This paper provides...

Journal article
Empowering women in sustainable agriculture

The agricultural and rural development policy seeks to facilitate the transition towards environmentally sustainable and climate-neutral agricultural practices, with a focus on human capital, knowledge, and innovation. Gender equality can play a significant role in promoting environmentally sustainable practices in the agricultural sector, particularly through the adoption and implementation of...

Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation

The impacts of the climate and biodiversity crises on people’s livelihoods and opportunities differ greatly based on their gender and other intersecting identity factors. Populations that face systemic marginalization and discrimination are often disproportionately affected.  International actors and scientific bodies, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental...
2024 - International Institute for Sustainable Development

Kyrgyzstan Land Rights: Quick Guide to Resolving Disputes and Securing Ownership

This set of briefs was produced as an easy-to-use guide to address the challenges surrounding land rights in Kyrgyzstan based on the Kyrgyz land, civil and family codes. Its primary goal is to offer Kyrgyz citizens a clear understanding of their rights, legal processes, and practical steps related to land...

Technical Guidance note: Rural women and financial inclusion

Improving the gender-responsiveness of design and delivery of rural finance interventions through innovative approaches and mechanisms is important for promoting rural women’s economic empowerment. This document highlights practical and actionable approaches from the sector in order to guide the work of practitioners engaging at country level to pursue the above...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Training for Change

A Facilitator’s Guide to Gender-Inclusive Financial Literacy and Land Rights
Learning and applying simple financial management rules can rapidly improve the economic wellbeing of an individual or family. Yet, in rural areas of Kyrgyzstan, there is a general lack of knowledge around basic principles of financial management, hindering household economic development. Although land is a key asset in rural areas,...

Implementing the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines for gender-equitable and climate-resilient food systems and livelihoods

Summary baseline report of the FAO FMM/GLO/155/MUL Project: Indonesia, Madagascar, Namibia and the Philippines
This report presents the design and results of a baseline survey with respect to a project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) focusing on empowering women in small-scale fisheries. The project supports the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
FAO launches global commitment to enhance gender equality in agrifood systems

Investing in women within agrifood systems is crucial for global economic growth and reducing hunger. The FAO's Commit to Grow Equality initiative calls for significant financing and partnerships to empower women in agriculture. High-level speakers at the launch event underscored the importance of gender equality for economic development. The initiative...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


It is critical to address the challenges and structural inequalities that hold women back in agrifood systems. FAO is launching a global commitment process to enhance financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment in agrifood systems. Bringing together governments, philanthropy, private sector, United Nations and other multilateral agencies, civil society...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Newsletter article
Asia: The gendered economy of dried fish

Being conducted in six countries across South and Southeast Asia, the Dried Fish Matters project is a first-ever exploration of the gendered social economy of dried fish
Dried Fish Matters: Mapping the Social Economy of Dried Fish in South and Southeast Asia for Enhanced Wellbeing and Nutrition, or DFM, is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant project. The project spans a duration of eight years: 2018-2026, and involves research in six focus...
Bangladesh - Cambodia - India - Myanmar - Sri Lanka - Thailand
2023 - The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

Working paper
Gender and climate-resilient agriculture: A review of concepts and practical resources in support of gender-transformative change

To advance the use of gender-transformative approaches in climate-resilient agriculture (CRA), a review of practical resources that could support researchers and practitioners in applying gender and CRA was undertaken. The review consolidates and assesses diverse, practical resources—including research tools, methods and broader guidance—that aim to address gender inequalities/inequities, climate and...
2023 - CGIAR

Case study
Smartphones are boosting gender equality in Georgia and beyond

Women smallholder farmers are leveraging technology and innovation as new agricultural tools
Nestled in the vast plains of Georgia, in the shadows of the snow-covered Caucasus mountains, Malika Machalikashvili’s farm in Pankisi Gorge was once pretty traditional. She and her family shared the day-to-day work of caring for the livestock and poultry, gardening the vegetables and taking care of the hazelnut orchard,...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Working paper
Uncovering the intersection of women’s empowerment and gender equality for climate adaptive capacities in climate hotspots in Zambia

Women in agrifood systems in low- and middle-income countries are more likely than mento be adversely affected by climate change. They also have more limited climate-adaptivecapacities due to socioeconomic and cultural factors, such as restricted access to resources,information and technology, discriminatory gender norms, and limited decision-makingpower. This study examines the...
2023 - CGIAR
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