Agriculture And Rural Development

Supporting Women Farmers in a Changing Climate: Five Policy Lessons

Every day, rural women around the world play a critical role in our global food system, particularly women in least developed countries. Climate change demands new approaches to agriculture: farmers’ practices will need to change in order to adapt to and mitigate changing conditions. Gender is central to this change: policies, institutions and services to help farmers deal with climate change will need to produce results for women farmers as well as men.
 

The Cost of the Gender Gap in Agriculture Productivity

Women form a large proportion of agricultural labor force in sub-saharan Africa and thus play a vital role in ensuring family nutrition and food security. This new study measuring the economic costs of the gender gap in agricultural productivity in three African countries — Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda — provides further evidence that reducing the gender gap translates into significant poverty reduction and improved nutritional outcomes.

Cultivating Equality: Delivering Just and Sustainable Food Systems in a Changing Climate.

The research shows how inequality determines diets around the world and shapes the ability of farmers to adapt to climate change. Solutions that only focus on food production are not enough. Smallholder farmers—and especially women—deserve a new strategy to support their agricultural efforts in the face of climate change.

Policy Brief: Financing for Agriculture: How to boost opportunities in developing countries

This policy brief explores the financial needs of agriculture in developing countries and the instruments available to address these needs. It examines the challenges in obtaining financing for agricultural investments, the role of different actors, and the options for governments to enhance the legal and policy environment of the financial system to support agricultural development.

UNEP Handbook for Stakeholder Engagement

The handbook was developed in association with the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS). The Handbook presents the current rules and practices for the engagement of Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) in UNEP's work, based on rules of procedure of the UN Environment Assembly of UNEP (UNEA).

Levelling the Field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa

 The report examines the scale and causes of the dramatic differences between how much men and women farmers produce in six African countries-- Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda-- which together make up more than 40 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population. This first of its type report reveals deep rooted gender gaps in African agriculture, identifies factors holding back women farmers, and sets out concrete actions that policy makers can take to reduce inequality.

Levelling the Field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa

 The report examines the scale and causes of the dramatic differences between how much men and women farmers produce in six African countries-- Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda-- which together make up more than 40 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population. This first of its type report reveals deep rooted gender gaps in African agriculture, identifies factors holding back women farmers, and sets out concrete actions that policy makers can take to reduce inequality.

2015 The State of Food Insecurity in the World

This year´s annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report takes stock of progress made towards achieving the internationally established Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) and World Food Summit hunger targets and reflects on what needs to be done, as we transition to the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. The report reviews progress made since 1990 for every country and region as well as for the world as a whole. 

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