Through women's cooperatives, a joint UN programme provides training in agricultural techniques, improved seeds and time-saving machinery, while also granting loans and encouraging saving.
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Humanitarian emergencies, food insecurity and poverty are increasing the prevalence of GBV, undermining our efforts to ensure household and national food security and nutrition. It is seriously impacting people's physical health and emotional and mental well-being, as well as their ability to work and participate in community life.
HA TŠEPO, Lesotho, 28 November 2017 - A cloud of yellow dust blows into the group sitting on the ground at the village centre. Toddlers run, legs wobbly, to bury their faces in the open arms of their mothers, as the women pull down kerchiefs to protect their eyes.
On 17 October 1987, more than a hundred thousand people gathered in at the Trocadero in Paris, France, and declared that poverty was a human rights violation and one that had to be addressed. Five years later, the General Assembly adopted resolution 47/196, which officially declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. On this day, the everyday struggle of people living in poverty is recognized and it is a chance for their concerns to be heard.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrates World Food Day every year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. It is a chance to show the FAO’s commitment to ending hunger by 2030, one of the goals of the Sustainable Development Plan.
A programme on Rural Women's Economic Empowerment has benefited more than 2,000 rural women to date through trainings on basic business skills and financial management. It has also given them access to small loans at lower than average interest rates.
Opening Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director UN Women at the Executive Board Second Regular Session,
Rural women play an important role in agriculture and rural development, and make a strong contribution to food security and nutrition at household and community levels. Worldwide, there is an increasing recognition that rural women must be at the centre of any intervention to promote sustainable agriculture and eradicate food insecurity and poverty.
Whether through earning or learning, over 2000 Afghan women are helping themselves. Pickled vegetables, mushroom production and complementary feed preparations are the FAO initiatives that - in collaboration with the national Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and donations from the governments of Germany and Luxemburg - are reaching the most vulnerable.
Video message of José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ) for International Women's Day. Women play an important role in agriculture and food systems. Achieving gender equality and empowering women are crucial ingredients in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, said José Graziano da Silva.