FAO and women drivers (of change)

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From fisheries and aquaculture, where women make up half of the workforce, but are disproportionately engaged in the least stable and lowest paid jobs; to land agriculture, where women will often work the fields, but not own them; to a persistent blindness to the specific nutritional needs of women and girls, or to the gendered experience of climate change and its impacts − there can be no food-secure future without a decisive push for gender equality. 

When it appointed its first Chief Scientist two years ago, FAO chose a woman for the position. The belief that women can be powerful innovators, as well as beneficiaries of innovation, is at the heart of the Organization's scholarship, its practices, and its overall quest to redress legacy imbalances and transform agrifood systems.

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