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.
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.
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.
This brochure highlights the gender-related implication of pesticide use and management, focusing on the role of women in handling hazardous pesticides...
Bhutan: Country Gender Assessment of agriculture and the rural sector (Country Gender Assessment Series)
Bhutanese women are vital players in the food security and nutrition landscape. However, there still remain gender inequalities and constraints. This...
Tackling gender inequalities in agrifood systems and empowering women reduces hunger, boosts the economy, and reinforces resilience to shocks like climate...
Loyda Twinomujuni runs a thriving farm where she rears cattle and pigs.
Céleste Lossangoye took part in FAO training on intensive aquaculture production techniques to promote commercial aquaculture. At the end of ten days...
The development of sustainable food systems is a key component of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This course discussed why eliminating...
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...
This one-lesson course considers the gender dimension of rural migration. As men and women experience migration differently, to reduce the vulnerability...
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....
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,...
Through this mobile resource, you will be able to explore the Principles for responsible investment in agriculture and food systems, endorsed by...
This course explains the importance to take into account gender and social issues when dealing with land tenure, and what actions must be adopted...
The course helps raise awareness about the importance of addressing gender equality in food and nutrition security and agricultural policy and programming....
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.
- Fisheries and Aquaculture | Gender equality in fisheries and aquaculture
- Gender mainstreaming | Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)
- Gender | Policy Support and Governance Gateway
- Joint Programme on Gender Transformative Approaches for Food Security Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture (JP-GTA)
- Rural women | Family Farming Knowledge Platform