Technical Support

To achieve our purpose, we provide technical support to generate new knowledge through analysis of specific issues and pilot projects to inform policy and program development, to ultimately enhance the abilities of women farmers/entrepreneurs to meet their practical needs related to food security, energy and sustainable development, while addressing their strategic interests for empowerment and balanced gender relations. WOCAN also acts as an ‘incubator’ of new field-tested ideas that support its mission, through innovative ideas that may serve to increase women’s assets and transform gender relations.

The present report, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 62/136, reviews the activities undertaken by Member States and United Nations entities to empower rural women and improve their situation and contains recommendations for consideration by the Assembly.
Globalisation impacts on local land markets and land-use; land transaction costs affect food prices; and the combined effect is particularly damaging to women who produce food and who put food on the table for their families. This paper examines three issues: what is attracting investors and market speculators into the farm and land sectors? What is at stake for small farmers - and especially...
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the vital contributions of rural women to development, while calling for their enjoyment of a full range of rights from property ownership and inheritance, to health and education. “Rural women do most of the agricultural work in developing countries, but endure the worst working conditions, with low pay and little or no social protection,” Mr. Ban noted...
Published by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Labour Office (ILO). This report reflects the latest thinking on the gender dimensions of rural poverty. The cornerstone of its analysis is the United Nation’s Decent Work Agenda, which calls for creating better jobs for both women and...
USAID strives to promote gender equality by making gender issues central to the achievement of strategic plans and assistance objectives. The Office of Agriculture has led the development of a series of briefs on effective practices to help Mission staff better design, implement, monitor, and evaluate programs that fulfill this objective. All briefs draw heavily on programmatic examples and work...
This guide is designed to help USAID agriculture officers better incorporate gender issues into solicitations and their technical evaluation. It is not an exhaustive presentation of the myriad gender issues that may affect a given project. It is not intended to cover all questions an agriculture officer might have, nor is it intended to be applied verbatim as a template. The level of specificity...
The following bibliography includes 33 tools from the gender advocacy community that are among the best practices for gender integration for policymakers and programming practitioners. There are four sections: policy and programming gender information; policy-specific gender information; program-specific gender information; and, lastly, gender analysis, audit, and assessment tools.
This report, based on research into CAADP (Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme)-aligned plans in six countries, carried out for ActionAid by Overseas Development Institute and the Future Agricultures Consortium, finds that the initiative is succeeding in generating renewed attention and ambition for agriculture - a sector that was neglected and close to collapse only a few...
This Report points to four priority areas for policy going forward. First, reducing gender gaps in human capital—specifically those that address female mortality and education. Second, closing gender gaps in access to economic opportunities, earnings, and productivity. Third, shrinking gender differences in voice and agency within society. Fourth, limiting the reproduction of gender inequality...
We, 200 women and men, leaders of national, regional and international farmers’ organizations, civil society groups and social movements, and key academic and research institutions, from four continents of the world –Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe-, as well as representatives from national governments and inter-governmental organizations, have gathered in Bilbao, Spain, for the Family Farming...

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