Gender

We cannot end hunger and poverty without empowering both men and women in agrifood systems.

Today, agriculture and food systems face an unprecedented array of challenges. We must feed a growing global population in a context of emerging and persisting crises - economic, energy, environmental, food and social. These include conflicts, natural disasters, price volatility, market insecurity, mass migrations, health crises, and more, all of which are exacerbated by climate change, depletion of natural resources, rapid urbanization, shifts in dietary patterns and livelihood systems. 

Faced with these challenges, it is more important than ever to build inclusive, sustainable and resilient agrifood systems, so that the agricultural sector can perform to its full capacity and become more efficient. FAO recognizes that in order to achieve this, we must address the persisting inequalities that effect the underperformance of the agriculture sector in many countries. We need to work with and empower rural women, men, girls and boys.

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FAO report The Status of Women in Agrifood SystemsSWAF_en 139

The new FAO report provides a comprehensive picture of the status of women not only in agriculture, but across agrifood systems. It presents extensive data and lessons learned about gender in agrifood systems, with particular focus on how women participate in and benefit from socio-economic opportunities.

 

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Country Gender Assessment
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The Country Gender Assessment (CGA) provides an update on the situation of women and men in agriculture and the rural sector by country. Based on available data disaggregated by sex and age, each report describes the situation of women and men, as well as their specific roles and opportunities in agriculture and rural economies. The report also highlights gender disparities in access to productive and natural resources, financial and advisory services and decent employment, as well as the implications for the sustainable management of natural resources, food security and nutrition. The CGA offers concrete recommendations for addressing the gender gap and guiding the design and implementation of gender-responsive agricultural and rural development policies, strategies and programmes.

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Latest Publications
Publications
Women’s employment in agrifood systems
01/12/2023

Tackling poverty and food insecurity requires research and policies that go beyond the agriculture sector and consider the entire agrifood system. Women...

Publications
Lebanon: Country gender spotlight
03/11/2023

The Country gender spotlight Lebanon, is part of a series that puts a spotlight on countries, showcasing examples of initiatives that have improved...

Latest Multimedia
Video
Catalyzing digital agriculture in Mongolia: Enhancing vegetable production
06/12/2023

Mongolia is the least densely populated country in the world. Therefore, collecting and accessing reliable and timely information is a challenge.

Video
Lilly’s story: empower women for a climate resilient future
06/12/2023

In South Sudan, the livelihoods of Lilly and other smallholder farmers are hit hard by climate change.

Video
Local Heroes: Non-conventional food plants to improve biodiversity and nutrition in Ecuador
24/10/2023

In this video, Nina Duarte presents the initiative, Plantas Alimenticias No Convencionales (PANC) Ecuador, through which neglected and underutilized...

E-learnings
E-learning
Introduction: Achieving gender equality in climate change and agrifood systems
01/12/2023

This introduction will bring in the most critical issues affecting gender equality and explain why they are important for building inclusive and...

E-learning
Course 2: Building equitable and inclusive agrifood systems
01/12/2023

This course is intended to strengthen the knowledge and competencies of parliamentarians and policymakers on the relevance of gender issues...

E-learning
Course 3: Gender-Responsive budgeting for agriculture and climate policies
01/12/2023

This course aims to support parliamentarians in ensuring that adequate financial resources are allocated to achieve food security and gender...

E-learning
Course 1: Addressing gender equality in climate change adaptation and mitigation in agriculture
01/12/2023

The course aims at facilitating the exchange of promising approaches, tools and good practices that can be used by parliamentarians and policymakers...

E-learning
Fish loss assessment methods
01/11/2023

This course presents the set of methods available for assessing losses in the fish value chain.

E-learning
Minimum dietary diversity for women
01/09/2023

This course has been designed to explain how to use the Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women (MDD-W) indicator, with a view to contributing to improved...

E-learning
Building a gender-responsive policy and legal framework for agricultural investment and supply chains
01/07/2023

This course focuses on gender issues and the policy and legal framework for agricultural investment and supply chains. It provides concrete guidance...

E-learning
Enabling women producers’ successful engagement in agribusiness
01/07/2023

This course looks closely at the gender issues that are central to the substantially lower rate of engagement of women farmers, compared with men, in...

E-learning
Securing women’s land rights in the context of agricultural investment
01/07/2023

This course focuses on gender and land issues in the context of agricultural investment. It provides concrete guidance on strategies, approaches and...

E-learning
Making agricultural investment and supply chains work for women and men
01/07/2023

This introduction clarifies the rationale and scope of the e-learning series, the target audience it was designed for, and the different courses that...

E-learning
Fostering decent wage employment for women and men
01/07/2023

This course analyses gender issues that should be addressed to foster gender-equitable decent wage employment in agriculture. It provides concrete guidance...

E-learning
Developing gender-sensitive value chains
01/05/2020

The development of sustainable food systems is a key component of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This course discussed why eliminating...

E-learning
Understanding Rural Poverty
22/06/2019

This course is the first in the Rural Poverty Reduction series, and provides an overview of rural poverty, and why it is so important to overcome...

E-learning
Migration and Gender
01/12/2018

This one-lesson course considers the gender dimension of rural migration. As men and women experience migration differently, to reduce the vulnerability...

E-learning
The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems
01/03/2018

Through this mobile resource, you will be able to explore the Principles for responsible investment in agriculture and food systems, endorsed by...

E-learning
SDG Indicator 5.a.1 - Equal tenure rights for women on agricultural land
01/02/2018

This course focuses on SDG Indicator 5.a.1, which is one of two indicators that focus on women’s ownership and/or control over agricultural land....

E-learning
SDG Indicator 5.a.2 - Ensuring women’s legal rights to land ownership and/or control
01/02/2018

This course focuses on SDG Indicator 5.a.2 which assesses women’s equal rights to land ownership and/or control. The course describes the indicator,...

E-learning
Governing land for women and men
01/11/2017

This course explains the importance to take into account gender and social issues when dealing with land tenure, and what actions must be adopted...

Gender in Food and Nutrition Security
01/10/2014

The course helps raise awareness about the importance of addressing gender equality in food and nutrition security and agricultural policy and programming....

FAO Policy on Gender Equality 2020–2030

FAO Policy on Gender Equality 2020-2030

Gender equality is essential to achieve FAO's mandate of a world free hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The Organization recognizes that persisting inequalities between women and men are a major obstacle to agriculture and rural development and that eliminating these disparities is essential to building sustainable and inclusive food systems and resilient and peaceful societies.

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