Agriculture And Rural Development

Impact Investing in Sustainable Food and Agriculture across Asset Classes

This paper provides a framework for impact investors as they consider how to invest in issues related to food and agriculture across asset classes, including public equities, fixed income, venture capital, and real assets. By identifying these opportunities for investment, investors can maximize the potential for positive impact and portfolio returns.

Author: Kristin Lang, Joshua Humphreys, and Andreea Rodinciuc 

Source: Croatan Institute

Towards Gender-Equitable Small-Scale Fisheries Governance and Development

This document, Towards Gender-Equitable Small-Scale Fisheries – A handbook In support of the implementation of the voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (henceforth the “handbook”), was developed to support gender-equitable small-scale fisheries by enhancing the understanding of their gender dimensions, with a focus on the specific role and conditions of women in the small-scale fisheries 

Addressing the Gender Differentiated Investment Risks to Climate-smart Agriculture

This paper argues that closing the gender gap in land and other productive resources can provide a “triple dividend” of gender equality, food security and climate management, thereby offering a cost-effective approach to the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gendered Responses to Drought in Yunnan Province, China

This paper demonstrates the relevance of gender in responses to climate change in the mountainous province of Yunnan in southwest China. Based on surveys undertaken during a record-breaking drought, the paper explores how women and men in a village in Baoshan Prefecture differ in their perceptions of and responses to drought, and how the changing roles of women and men in the home and the community are influencing water management at the village level.

A Glimpse of Her Stories: Rural Women's Resilience and Food Security

The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) and partner organizations documented cases of women in communities in the Philippines and Kenya about their experiences and perspectives. PCFS met with women from three different communities and interviewed them on their perspectives, experiences and struggles.

Hope Dries Up? Women and Girls Coping with Drought and Climate Change in Mozambique

Women and girls in Mozambique are struggling more than ever to cope with the current drought, the worst in 35 years, aggravated by a particularly powerful El Niño phenomenon, according to this CARE study. Up to 80 percent of the families are forced to reduce their meals to only one or two daily rations. Tens of thousands of children are expected to be acutely malnourished.

Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Fisheries and Aquaculture

This fact sheet developed by FAO presents an overview of current gender equality and women’s empowerment issues in the fisheries sector. Women’s engagement in fisheries can be viewed from social, political and technical perspectives, all of which show that the role of women is often underestimated. This inadequate recognition of women’s contributions hampers the sustainable development process, resulting in increased poverty and food insecurity.

Women in Non-Production Roles in Agriculture: A Literature Review of Promising Practices

This literature review by USAID Feed the Future Initiative aims to fill the knowledge gap by examining approaches to empower women or increase their incomes in four phases of the value chain outside of production: input and service provision, post-harvest handling, processing, and the marketing of agricultural goods.

Meeting Our Goals-FAO’s Programme for Gender Equality in Agriculture and Rural Development

FAO recognizes the potential of rural women and men in achieving food security and nutrition and is committed to overcoming gender inequality, in line with the pledge to “leave no one behind”, which is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda.

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