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.

“From Dialogue to Action- The Empowerment of Rural Women in Agriculture" Luncheon Discussion, June 29, 2010. Final Report.
The aim of this report is to provide scientifically based facts, arguments and ideas for what is needed to meet some of the most important challenges in the world today. This report is about food and agriculture, it sees food as more than calories that fill people’s stomachs, and it sees agriculture as more than producing and harvesting food.
Wenews Article by Rebecca Harshbarger on the status of female farmers amidst the current global food crisis. The article tracks the evolution of involving female farmers in activities to combat food insecurity and hunger.
One of the highest development priorities in the world must be to improve smallholder agricultural productivity, especially in Africa. This is essential for reducing poverty and hunger.
This new report by ActionAid reveals that hunger could be costing poor nations $450 billion a year – more than ten times the amount of aid needed to halve hunger by 2015 in order to meet Millennium Development Goal One. ActionAid’s report scores donor and developing nations on their efforts to fight hunger and is released as world leaders prepare to meet next week at the UN in New York to discuss...
The following documents the process and results of a series of workshops conducted in 2005 to facilitate farmer organization input to the development of the CAADP process. While five years have passed since the workshops, the recent acceleration of the CAADP process, particularly in the ECOWAS countries, is bringing a renewed focus at the regional and global levels to CAADP.
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...

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