Success stories

FAO's work on gender equality and women's empowerment at country level
As 30 years of FFS success shows, there are clear global benefits to empowering producers at the local level.
FAO tapped into assistance from the Italian Development Cooperation to provide Sonia with spices, a grinder and lessons in business management.
FAO & the Department of International Development are keen to improve the rural families’ production capacity by providing sustainable access to inputs, besides creating rural employment opportunities that target the most vulnerable.
Before the project, the couple used to borrow money often from neighbours to buy groceries or for medical care. Their situation has now dramatically improved.
People have begun referring to Monira and her team as the community poultry doctors. She and the other women vaccinators save money from their work in a joint account, which they intend to use to set up their own commercial farm soon.
By supporting children’s health from their first 1 000 days of life, FAO is sustainably strengthening the food security and nutrition of future generations and helping to achieve #ZeroHunger.
The event was attended by technical officers of various Ministers and agencies that are working on strengthening gender perspectives in public policies.
Although the pilot programme in Kyrgyzstan only serves 29 schools, its success could serve as a model for other initiatives across the country.
Rising above some initial difficulties, such as inconsistent supply of materials and strong competition from imports, the young businesswomen is living her dream and remains optimistic about her evolving business.
A #ZeroHunger world isn’t just about stopping people from going hungry, it is about ensuring that they get enough of the right kind of nutritious food to lead healthy productive lives.
FAO and WFP are working together to support rural farming communities who are gradually returning to their villages after being forced to flee.
As key partners to FAO’s ISPP project, the extension workers from the Ministry of Agriculture have trained the farmers in conservation agriculture techniques, nutrition-sensitive crop production and utilization and aspects of agribusiness.
Christine was one of 600 participants in FAO’s Farmer Field and Life Schools. Each group learned good practices for farming as well as some other important skills, such as financial literacy.
Challenging gender norms by providing equal opportunities for both men and women.
Barkissa Fofana research, a result of partnership between INERA and AAD programme, is one example of how the programme is working to make degraded land in the Sahel green and productive again.
Sanihan, like other beneficiaries of the project in the Ségou and Mopti regions, received training in good agricultural and pastoral practices as the project is linked to agropastoral field schools, and she is enrolled in a VSLA.
Purity Karemi was enrolled in a FAO training as part of an agribusiness project. The programme targeted youth in the area and prepared them to work in commercial agricultural product.
Smallholder farmers gain visibility that enable them for better bargaining in the market and also facilitate the sharing of best practices and opportunities.
With the demand for milk and milk products estimated to more than double by 2020, and the high percentage of rural households living without electricity, biogas digesters can provide an effective, clean energy solution for families in Tanzania.
Locally-made stoves reduce the health and safety risks for women and girls.