We cannot end hunger and poverty without empowering both men and women farmers. 

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

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