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.

67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67)

This year, the sixty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 6 to 17 March 2023, under the priority theme ‘Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.’ The review theme for the session will focus on challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls, as per the agreed conclusions of the sixty-second session.

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Developing gender-sensitive value chains

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

Understanding Rural Poverty

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...

Migration and Gender

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

SDG Indicator 5.a.1 - Equal tenure rights for women on agricultural land

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....

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

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,...

The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems

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

Governing land for women and men

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

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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