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The status of women in agrifood systems







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    The status of women in agrifood systems: Background Papers 2024
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    Enhancing the Lives of Women in Agrifood Systems - MTF/GLO/1105/BMG 2024
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    In 2011, the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2010–11 made the “business case” for addressing gender imbalances and the empowerment of women in agriculture and rural employment. Much has changed since then, and while the approaches available ten years ago are still important, they are no longer enough. Women are increasingly moving out of agricultural production and into jobs related to processing, preparing and marketing; those that remain in agricultural production face greater challenges due to overlapping crises, including climate shocks, conflicts, price and economic shocks. While continuing to take on a heavy burden of care and unpaid work, women also still face gender-based barriers in access to resources, services, opportunities and decision making and get lower returns on their labour. To respond to these challenges, group-based, agency, employment, transformational and policy approaches and digitalization are needed at the structural level to foster women’s more equitable participation in the evolving agrifood systems. In this context, the FAO report on The status of women in agrifood systems aimed to shed light on the current status of rural women, providing the latest data, lessons learned and recommendations for policy- and decision-makers. It would also help put gender equality and the empowerment of women at the centre of debates and research agendas on agriculture, food systems, food security and nutrition.

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