An in-depth look at FAO’s work on gender equality and women’s empowerment


Rural communities worldwide are grappling with escalating challenges brought on by the climate crisis. As disasters become more frequent and severe, and environmental conditions grow harsher, the burden on these communities intensifies. However, it is women who are bearing the heaviest brunt of these impacts, including significant financial losses.

The fight against deforestation in Paraguay is getting a boost from an unlikely source: cutting-edge technology and data from space, coupled with the expertise of local forest conservationists.

In 2019, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized a one-wee...

When it appointed its first Chief Scientist two years ago, FAO chose a woman for the position.
Céleste is enthusiastic about playing a greater role in the management of her family’s fish farm.
Several low- and middle-income countries have demonstrated significant progresses in measuring and promoting women’s empowerment in agriculture
In the past ten years there have been tremendous efforts to develop methodologies and tools to measure women’s empowerment in the context of agriculture in a comprehensive and standardized way
Held on the sidelines of CSW66, representatives from the UN Rome-based Agencies and UN Women strongly recommitted to implementing interventions to carry out holistic and integrated interventions for rural women.
Panelists spoke openly against systemic practices that perpetuate gender inequalities and youth exclusion in climate dialogue.
66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66): Side event by FAO, Mountain Partnership and Slow Food International
Young farmer Ruramiso Mashumba is spearheading change in Zimbabwe.
Government officials appreciated FAO’s work in reducing hunger and enhancing the agri-food system by empowering women and closing the gender group.
FAO sub-offices in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh provinces also celebrated the day with the staff taking a gender equality pledge and celebrating the day committing to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women & girls.
The Near East and North Africa (NENA) Regional Office celebrated International Women’s Day with its staff on March 8, 2020.
The year 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and represents an unprecedented opportunity to mobilize global action to achieve gender equality and rights of all women and girls.
The comprehensive programme not only helps close the skills gap, but also plays a key role in extending knowledge to marginalized and disadvantaged populations.
One way to tackle climate change’s negative effects on food security is through further researching common food products and finding innovative new ways to use them.
While rice cultivation thrives, villagers, especially women, earned a living along the rice production value chain, working as parboilers, millers and marketers.
Through already established Water Users’ Associations, the project is also intensifying public awareness campaigns regarding safe water use in agriculture, food processing and preparation.
As funding from Belgium will only cover the technical component, the main expected result of the project is that the 250 women organized in ten mothers’ clubs will be able to apply the agricultural techniques learned.
Women’s skills in farming as a business have improved, and so has their income, filling the current local production gap and demand for vegetables, which were mainly imported from neighbouring countries before.