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Improving Food Security and Rural Livelihoods through Women’s Economic Empowerment - UTF/AZE/015/AZE








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    Walking the talk
    Learning exchange in Rwanda, July 2019
    2022
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    Women play an important role in food systems as producers, wage-workers, processors, traders, entrepreneurs, and consumers. It is therefore essential that the food systems transformation agenda takes full cognizance of their needs and priorities, so that they can contribute and benefit equally from interventions. In ECOWAS countries, women still lag behind in accessing land, finance, technologies, services and markets. Their voices are not equally heard in the elaboration of policies, programmes and investment plans in the agrifood sector as their representation in leadership positions remains lower than that for men. Walking the talk in Rwanda is the result of ongoing partnership with ECOWAS Network of Parliamentarians on Gender Equality, Investments in Agriculture and Food Security, and its Advisory Group made of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Oxfam and Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) to advance gender equality in efforts to accelerate progress towards zero hunger. This report summaries the Learning Exchange that gave the ECOWAS Parliamentarians an exposure to the comprehensive Rwanda Model for gender equality and women’s empowerment in terms of governance, accountability, vision, and actions. it includes comments and reactions from some of the Parliamentarians.
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    The gender-responsive Business Model Canvas
    A tool to assess agricultural service provision from a gender perspective
    2023
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    Evidence suggests that rural women find themselves at a disadvantage in getting access to agricultural support services – be it rural advisory, business development or financial services. As value chain actors, women typically face more obstacles than their male counterparts to access these services and benefit from the information, technologies, and practices they can acquire through such services. This gender gap hinders women’s opportunities for decent work and economic empowerment, and also jeopardizes the performance and sustainability of agrifood value chains. Closing the gender gap and ensuring equal access to agricultural support services is a priority in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as well as in the Near East and North Africa (NENA), where FAO has made a strong commitment to promoting efficient, inclusive and sustainable agrifood value chain development, with particular attention to the inclusion and empowerment of rural women and youth.
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    Accelerating Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa - GCP/RAF/504/MUL 2021
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    The agricultural sector is underperforming in many countries in sub- Saharan Africa, partly because rural women do not have the same access as men to the critical resources, inputs, services, information and infrastructure they need to be more productive. Against this background, many countries in the region, together with development partners such as FAO, are increasingly committed to supporting the acceleration of rural women’s economic empowerment through targeted interventions. This project focused on advancing the economic empowerment of rural women in three countries, namely the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Gambia and Eswatini, as a means of reducing rural poverty, improving gender equality and enhancing the performance of the agricultural sector. In each of the countries, the project activities built on and contributed to existing rural development strategies and programmes.

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