From 2012 to 2016, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, with the support of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, worked with governments in four countries in Asia to help them develop pro-poor policies and approaches to better manage risks and vulnerabilities faced by smallholder farmers.
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Marking the International Day of Rural Women, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that rural women are critical to the success of almost all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they all "have gender equality and women's empowerment at their core."
BISHKEK - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Embassy of Japan today participated in a ceremony to provide equipment to support food-processing businesses and rural women's entrepreneurship across seven rural communities in the Kyrgyz Republic. The food processing equipment is part of a US$490,000 contribution from Japan to economically empower over 2,000 vulnerable rural households, primarily women.
In Thailand, FAO is working with local authorities to empower communities and improve their livelihoods by developing local value chains. This video tells the story of a group of women in one such community, in the village of Mok Cham Pae in Mae Hong Son province.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) in Lebanon, organized a launch ceremony for the project "Enhance the Livelihood and Food Security of Vulnerable Lebanese Women through Improving their Dairy Production Practices and Supporting their Dairy Processing Activities" at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Aley on April 27, 2016.
Across the developing world, rural women play a crucial role in agriculture and farming. And Bangladesh, where women exceed 50 percent of the agricultural labour force, is no exception.
This video focuses on the achievements of three female farmers - Ms Eliza (dairy farmer from Sirajganj), Ms Monawara (shrimp farmer from Satkira), and Ms Shipra (landless farmer from Sherpur) selected for their achievements on FAO projects in different parts of the country.
Ministers of Gender and Women’s Affairs from ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) countries pledge to work to ensure that gender is adequately addressed in the implementation of the ECOWAS Zero Hunger Initiative.
Leaders of international organizations based in Rome gathered to highlight the achievements and the real prospects for achieving gender equality. The speakers all agreed accelerating the empowerment of women everywhere is fundamental to achieving a zero hunger world and reaching the world's new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To celebrate International Women's Month as well as the 2016 African Union Year of Human Rights, staff at the Zero Hunger Challenge Blog sat down with Tacko Ndiaye, Senior Gender Officer in the Gender Equity and Rural Development Division at FAO, to talk about the future of women's rights and empowerment in the Zero Hunger movement, and how zero hunger can advance gender equality.