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Women’s Heritage – Nurturing Roots

In an NSP initiative, three captivating videos on the theme "Women and Agroecology" have been produced. These compelling videos shine a spotlight on the pivotal role of women in shaping sustainable agricultural practices, highlighting their knowledge, organizational leadership, and rich cultural heritage in the agricultural sector. The third instalment of...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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...

ICSF's Brochure on Social Development and Fishing Communities

This brochure contains the challenges and recommendations from the eight countrie’s case studies on ‘Social Development and Sustainable Fisheries’ conducted by ICSF in Antigua and Barbuda, Costa Rica, Ghana, The Philippines, Bangladesh, Brazil, Thailand and India (Kerala/Tamil Nadu and West Bengal). The ICSF’s studies uses the parameters of social development, within...
Antigua and Barbuda - Bangladesh - Brazil - Costa Rica - Ghana - India - Philippines - Thailand
2024 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

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...

Yemaya Newsletter No.69, June 2024: ICSF´s newsletter on gender and fisheries

Yemaya No. 69, dated June 2024, features articles from Barbados, India, Spain, a regional study focusing on Kenya, Sri Lanka and Cambodia  and Women in Fisheries Action plans from ICSF’s IYAFA workshops  from Asia, Africa, Europe and  Latin America and the Caribbean Islands. A series of regional workshops were held through...
Barbados - Ghana - India - Spain
2024 - International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

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...

Journal article
Making complementary agricultural resources, technologies, and services more gender-responsive

Rural women in low- and middle-income countries face multiple constraints in accessing and benefiting from essential complementary resources, technologies, and services for agricultural production and participation in the agrifood system. This paper highlights recent thinking around these constraints and how to overcome them. The complementary factors we consider are: (1)...
2024 - IFPRI

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)

Harvesting Change: Women at the Helm of Puebla’s Coffee Picking

Saddle up and prepare for a journey through the picturesque northern mountains of Puebla, Mexico. After ascending 1,000 meters, you arrive at Rancho La Victoria, a historic coffee farm nestled amidst the mountains...
2024 - Slow Food

Kosovo gender profile for agriculture and rural livelihoods

The Kosovo gender profile for agriculture and rural livelihoods aims to improve knowledge on gender‑related issues in agriculture. It proposes evidence‑based recommendations for advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in agriculture and rural development, including ensuring women's access to digital tools. The recommendations seek to inform several strategies and...
2024 - 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,...

Resourcing girls

The potential and challenges of girl- and youth-led organising
Young people have been hailed as torchbearers of gender equality and as key actors in identifying and implementing solutions our world urgently requires. This said, understanding how girl- and youth-led organisations operate and their positioning within the ecosystem of gender equality and social change efforts requires careful examination. This report explores...
2024 - Gender & Adolescence: Global Evidence

Working paper
Digital Innovations Supporting Women Agri-entrepreneurs in India: Mapping Good Practices

This report is based on a collaborative project undertaken by the Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as part of the activities of the Evidence module of the CGIAR GENDER Platform. The study is primarily based on insights from in-depth interviews conducted with women...
2024 - Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP)

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
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