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Enabling young rural women to participate in rural transformation in East and Southern Africa










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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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    Rural women: striving for gender transformative impacts 2017
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    This document summarises the online discussion held on the FSN Forum in July / August 2017. The discussion invited reflections on the current understanding of gender dynamics of rural livelihoods as well as information, views and experiences in preparation for the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women. The summary highlights critical gaps and priority areas for action on how to accelerate gender transformative impacts for rural women.
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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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