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The FAO report sheds some light on the nature of the challenges that agriculture and food systems are facing now and throughout the 21st century, and provides some insights as to what is at stake and what needs to be done. What emerges is that “business as usual” is no longer an option but calls for major transformations in agricultural systems, in rural economies and in how we manage our natural resources. The report was undertaken for the quadrennial review of the FAO Strategic Framework and in preparation for the Organization’s Medium-Term Plan 2018-2021. Source: FAO  
The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) and partner organizations documented cases of women in communities in the Philippines and Kenya about their experiences and perspectives. PCFS met with women from three different communities and interviewed them on their perspectives, experiences and struggles. PCFS also recorded how the women from these communities organized themselves to address the most pressing issues in their communities. PCFS has produced a multi-media documentation of women’s voices from grassroots communities to allow for wider dissemination of their knowledge and...
Women and girls in Mozambique are struggling more than ever to cope with the current drought, the worst in 35 years, aggravated by a particularly powerful El Niño phenomenon, according to this CARE study. Up to 80 percent of the families are forced to reduce their meals to only one or two daily rations. Tens of thousands of children are expected to be acutely malnourished. The situation is particularly hard for teenage girls who lack the experience and knowledge to come up with strategies to protect themselves and their children from hunger. The CARE study also shows that those communities...
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gives business a significant role to play in efforts to achieve the SDGs, based on its ability to invest and innovate. However, for companies to truly contribute, they must move beyond current forms of engagement, abandon a narrow focus on the SDGs as an opportunity to increase corporate profits and embrace their wider responsibilities to the societies in which they operate. This paper explores ways in which companies can provide more meaningful contributions to governments’ commitments to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. Authors: Namit...
This fact sheet developed by FAO presents an overview of current gender equality and women’s empowerment issues in the fisheries sector. Women’s engagement in fisheries can be viewed from social, political and technical perspectives, all of which show that the role of women is often underestimated. This inadequate recognition of women’s contributions hampers the sustainable development process, resulting in increased poverty and food insecurity. This fact sheet provides information on policy, institutions and planning processes; statistical dimensions in gender analysis; and specific concerns...
This literature review by USAID Feed the Future Initiative aims to fill the knowledge gap by examining approaches to empower women or increase their incomes in four phases of the value chain outside of production: input and service provision, post-harvest handling, processing, and the marketing of agricultural goods. While some of the women who are beneficiaries of the strategies discussed in this review are not engaged in agricultural production, many are farmers who also work at other levels of the value chain. Often, these activities build on or add value to production interventions. The...
The potential economic and development gains from gender equality are vast and well-documented and yet they are currently being bypassed. This joint report by BNY Mellon and the United Nations Foundation explores the market potential of advancing gender equality. The report highlights that Bridging the global gender gap will require leadership and investment by the public and private sectors. In particular, institutional and individual investors have both a significant market opportunity to realize and a unique role to play in accelerating the advancement of women and girls. To date, private...
    Women are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, primarily because they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent for their livelihoods on natural resources that are threatened by climate change. But women are also taking a leadership role in innovating and implementing climate change solutions.   This video is narrated by Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice – and former President of Ireland. It tells the story of the winners of the 2016 Momentum for Change Awards, in the Women for Results category...
Drawing on surveys and interviews with experts and practitioners from the co-operative, labour and women’s movements, this report sets forth a preliminary review of the interface between the co-operative movement, women’s empowerment and gender equality. The findings suggest that various manifestations of gender equity have been achieved across the co-operative movement, and that the co-operative model is particularly adept at addressing women’s empowerment and gender equality concerns. However, the findings also identify various obstacles to women’s empowerment and gaps in gender equality...
Towards gender equality in Vietnam: Making inclusive growth work for women is an ambitious effort to look at Vietnam’s economy through a gender lens. Drawing a comprehensive gender-disaggregated statistical picture of selected economic sectors, the analysis highlights the unequal distribution of productive resources across different groups of women and men, persisting gender segmentation in the labour market, and greater vulnerability in female workers’ working conditions and pay. The study assesses Vietnam’ policy framework and provides recommendations to better realize women’s potential and...

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