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Gender gaps in agriculture in Africa are holding back progress towards ending hunger and must be urgently addressed, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at a joint event with the African Union (AU) on the margins of the UN General Assembly.

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The meeting, held on 4 May 2016, brought together over 60 participants, including women and men leaders, elected local officials, traditional leaders and government officials, and representatives from the United Nations as from national and international NGOs.

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This video shows how the members of the FAO-Dimitra Clubs in Niger and DR Congo have succeeded in improving their livelihoods and highlights the momentum they have created at community level. The video also explores the collaborations between the clubs and other development actors, such as rural institutions.

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This video shows how Dimitra Clubs play an important role in helping women gain self-confidence and in building their capacities to become leaders in their communities. "Women Leaders" is part of a series that illustrates the impact of Dimitra Clubs, a successful gender-transformative approach developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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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.

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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.

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Fighting food taboos for women In Yalosuna, a village in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dimitra community listeners' clubs have played a role in changing people's perceptions about food taboos for women, improving food security and nutrition issues in the communities as a result.

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How a multi-agency programme is making a difference in the lives of rural women around the world.

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This five-minute video shows how the FAO Dimitra Clubs in Niger have been crucial in ensuring women's access to land and water, while contributing to nutrition, food security, gender equality and reducing rural poverty at the same time.

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This six-minute video shows how the FAO Dimitra Clubs in Niger have been crucial to ensure women's access to land and water, while contributing to nutrition, food security and gender equality, thereby reducing rural poverty. The transformative approach of the Dimitra Clubs induces behavioral changes in various aspects of daily life for individuals, households and communities in rural areas.