The latest news and information on gender equality and women's empowerment

Approved by the UN General Assembly, it will increase awareness of the crucial role women farmers play in agrifood systems
The side event aimed to highlight the critical role of financing for development in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment as a cornerstone to prevent and mitigate food crises and transform agrifood systems. 

Investing in women in agrifood systems in order to close gaps in productivity and wages is crucial to grow the global economy by $1 trillion, reduce hunger for 45 million people, and incre...

At CSW68, FAO cohosted several side events and participated in more, highlighting the importance of women's empowerment in building sustainable agrifood systems
International Women’s Day 2024: Follow the joint FAO, IFAD and WFP celebration to see why investing in rural women is central to achieving our Sustainable Development Goals

Rome - Climate change is disproportionately affecting the incomes of rural women, people living in poverty, and older populations, as their capacity to react and adapt to extreme weather events is unequal, a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) finds.

The Asia and Pacific region accounts for half of the world’s severe food insecurity, with more women than men being food insecure.
During the EU GreenWeek 2023, the SFS-MED project hosted its fifth webinar with a focus on Gender equality in Mediterranean Food Systems.

“If we tackle the gender inequalities endemic in agrifood systems and empower women, the world will take a leap forward in addressing the goals of ending poverty and creating a world free from hunger”, says FAO Director-General QU Dongyu in the foreword of the report.


FAO-IFAD-WFP push to enhance rural women and girls’ digital capabilities and tackle the barriers they face to access technology to be equal contributors to our agrifood systems.

“We saw the rates of GBV around the world rise dramatically, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Henry Swira, Director for Gender, Youth and Livelihoods at CARE USA.
FAO Director-General emphasizes the role of digital public goods
“We women are progressively more involved in all the sectors of animal production, and this is more and more accepted by men,” says Zeinabou.
$80 million USAID contribution will support FAO projects targeting smallholder resilience, women’s empowerment and environmental sustainability
As Indigenous Peoples, the Cabécar have lived through many periods of struggle over land ownership and governance.
The 5-day Training Workshop equipped rural women from the Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP) with soft skills such as conflict management and effective communication strategies.
The JP GTA’s diagnostic study in Malawi is also being carried out as part of the Social Norms Diagnostic Co-Lab.
By strengthening knowledge on food security, nutrition and sustainable production, the JP GTA seeks to narrow gender gaps in a sector where the work of men and women and their access to resources should be recognized equally.
FAO Director-General QU Dongyu addresses inaugural High-Level Dialogue by the Food Coalition
The WeCaN Advocacy Training Journey is designed to increase women's access and contributions to planning and decision-making in dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral management.