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In El Salvador, where land ownership still remains a barrier for women, a rural women's cooperative paves the way for income, access to public services and legal support. A child care facility run by the women enable them to work outside their homes.

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Malaythip Viengmany is a smallholder fish farmer from the village of Kangphosay, in Lao People's Democratic Republic. Like many in Kangphosay, her income and livelihood has been severely affected by recurring floods.

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Every morning, Mrs. Khong rises before dawn to prepare the morning meal and tidy her modest home for her family in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. 

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A look at key results from the programme on "Accelerating Rural Women's Economic Empowerment", jointly implemented by FAO, IFAD, WFP and UN Women in seven countries, including Kyrgyzstan, where this video was filmed.

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FTT-Thiaroye ovens were introduced in 2014 in Côte d'Ivoire as a simple, but efficient alternative to traditional fish smoking. Benefits for women have proven to be numerous: healthier working environment, better quality of products, extra time to attend literacy classes.

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Achieving gender equality and empowering women is not only the right thing to do but is a critical ingredient in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

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Small holder farmer, Mrs Ssekide, joined the Balyejjusa farmer field school and convinced of the benefits persuaded her husband to join too. She tells her story of how successful working as a team has proven to be. In Uganda, almost 80% of households rely upon agriculture for their livelihood, and following her example could prove highly beneficial for the nation's well being.

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In 2010, severe flooding killed nearly 2 000 people in Pakistan and wiped out 1.6 million homes. The province of Sindh was among the hardest hit, with some 970 000 households displaced and agriculture losses of USD 2.3 billion. For the average Pakistani farming family, the disaster meant huge personal loss and growing debt - and fewer opportunities to earn a living.

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In Côte d'Ivoire, as in much of West Africa, smoked fish plays a major role in the everyday diet. It is popular among locals not only for its taste and nutritional benefits, but also for its competitive pricing (especially compared to other protein options such as meat, milk and eggs) and its relatively long shelf-life (which ranges from 3-6 months).

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Nearly 75 per cent of domestic workers 15 and older are estimated to work in informal employment situations, according to a new study by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.

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