food security

This section of the FAO’s Unasylva publication highlights the link between gender inequality in the forestry sector and food insecurity. While men typically focus on one or two species of trees for timber production, women often rely on a wider variety of species with multiple uses for food, medicine and fuel needs. This results in differing priorities in the way of resource management between men and women. Women’s priorities, however, are often overlooked resulting in losses in livelihood and subsistence needs.

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Within the global forestry sector, women are at a disadvantage. Women often possess distinct and valuable knowledge and priorities regarding forest resources, which often coincide with household health and nutritional interests. They, however, often lack agency and economic opportunity in forest management activities and decision-making. This report investigates these linkages and the chain-reaction women’s empowerment in the forestry sector can have on sustainable management and food security.

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The goal of the FAO’s policy on gender equality is to aim for equality between men and women in sustainable food produtction and rural development, for the elimination of hunger and poverty. Gender equality is central to the FAO’s mandate to achieve food security for all by raising levels of nutrition, improving agricultural productivity and natrual resource management, and improving the lives of rural populations.

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This document is about the important role of gender mainstreaming in the microfinance work conducted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). IFAD works to ensure that poor rural women and men are empowered to achieve higher incomes and improved food security. Rural microfinance is one way to work toward this goal. This guide is intended as an overview of gender issues for rural finance practitioners. 

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This document looks closely at existing constraints as well as policies and practices that show promise in closing the gender gaps in freedoms and opportunities. It explains that gender inequality is a major part of the global jobs challenge and that reducing gender gaps in the world of work can yield big development payoffs. 

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This report from the working group on connecting women’s rights to food security organized by the Group of Women Parliamentarians explains the necessity of integrating women’s empowerment and food security into climate change adaptation strategies. Mainstreaming of these issues, as opposed to addressing climate change, food security, and gender through siloed approached, will increase the effectiveness and impact of this work. This paper identifies successful strategies for addressing these challenges.  

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This policy report by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development explains that addressing gender inequalities and empowering women are vital to meeting the challenge of improving food and nutrition security and enabling poor rural people to overcome poverty. It highlights gender inequalities as a major cause of low productivity and failed rural development, the policy on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and implementation strategies. 

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This document produced by the working group connecting women’s rights to food organized by the Group of Women Parliamentarians highlights the relationships among climate change adaptation, women’s empowerment, food security, and economic development. The author explains that hunger is not simply a result of the lack of food but that societal inequities, including the unequal distribution of resources, also play a role. 

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This report proposes a gender strategy for climate change mitigation and the promotion of low emissions agriculture. The Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security Research Program of CGIAR provides a strategy for assuring that mitigation efforts meet the goals of poverty alleviation and food security, and do so in waye that benefit poor women materially, personally and socially.

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Panama Climate Change Gender Action Plan (CCGAP) Factsheet

The overall objective of Panama’s Climate Change and Gender Action Plan is to incorporate a gender perspective in the National Climate Change Strategy of Panama, under the leadership of the Climate Change and Desertification Unit of the National Environment Authoririty, in order to facilitate its implementation under the principles of equity and justice.

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