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    The state of food and agriculture, 2010-2011
    Women in Agriculture: closing the gender gap for development
    2011
    Women make significant contributions to the rural economy in all developing country regions. Their roles OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE differ across regions, yet they consistently have less access than men to the resources and opportunities they need to be more productive. Increasing women’s access to land, livestock, education, financial services, extension, technology and rural employment would boost their productivity and generate gains in terms of agricultural production, foo d security, economic growth and social welfare. Closing the gender gap in agricultural inputs alone could lift 100–- 150 million people out of hunger. No blueprint exists for closing the gender gap, but some basic principles are universal: governments, the international community and civil society should work together to eliminate discrimination under the law, to promote equal access to resources and opportunities, to ensure that agricultural policies and programmes are gender-aw are, and to make women’s voices heard as equal partners for sustainable development. Achieving gender equality and empowering women in agriculture is not only the right thing to do. It is also crucial for agricultural development and food security.
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    Promoting the Leadership of Women in Producers’ Organizations 2015
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    This paper explores aspects of promoting rural women’s leadership in producers’ organizations (POs). Despite the vast amount of work that women perform in the agriculture sector, their role remains largely unrecognized. The concerns and issues of women farmers are scarcely heard at the local, national and global levels. One reason for this silence is that there are not enough women in leadership positions to be able to represent the interests of rural women. This shortage is compounded by women’ s lack of voice in decision-making processes at all levels − from households to rural organizations − and in policymaking. Ensuring that women have a greater voice is not only a matter of gender equality. Women’s leadership, especially in POs, is essential for increasing the production of smallholder agriculture, as women make massive contributions to the sector. Women leaders can advocate for women’s better access to and control over assets and productive inputs, thus boosting their productivit y and incomes, leading to food security and increasing their employment opportunities and real wages. This paper has three main purposes: (i) to identify relevant aspects that relate to the promotion of rural women’s leadership within POs; (ii) to identify related good practices that are implemented by IFAD, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and their partners; and (iii) to present key messages and recommendations for guiding the design and implementation of inte rventions in support of women’s leadership. The analysis is clustered around the following three dimensions: 1) PO environment 2) PO arrangements and mechanisms 3) Individual capacities and behaviours.
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    Dimitra Bulletin
    Genre, Femmes Rurales et Développement
    2015
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    Vous trouverez dans ce numéro une série d’articles sur des thèmes très variés mais qui ont tous en commun la volonté d’améliorer les conditions de vie des populations rurales, en particulier en Afrique. Il est intéressant de noter que deux aspects ressortent avec force de cette variété thématique: la nutrition et le rôle des jeunes, deux aspects du développement qui sont aussi au coeur des activités de la FAO.

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