A new FAO report provides a comprehensive picture of the status of women not only in agriculture, but across agrifood systems. It was informed by CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform research.
In 2011, the FAO State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2010–11 made the “business case” for addressing gender inequalities and empowering women in agriculture and rural employment. Much has changed since then, and while closing the gender gap in productivity is still important, it is no longer enough, as women’s participation in agrifood systems is changing and is now more complex than ever before.
The new FAO report—The State of Women in Agrifood Systems— provides a comprehensive picture of the status of women not only in agriculture, but across agrifood systems. It presents extensive data and lessons learned about gender in agrifood systems, with particular focus on how women participate in and benefit from socio-economic opportunities. Furthermore, it demonstrates how shocks in agrifood systems, such as COVID-19, have a differential impact on men, boys, women and girls and their coping strategies.
The report shows how gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to the transition towards sustainable, productive and resilient agrifood systems and how the transformation of agrifood systems can contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment. It also provides policy-oriented insights and makes specific recommendations on the best way forward.
The report has been informed by a series of CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform working papers that address key themes important for gender and social equality, and women’s empowerment in agriculture and food systems.
This launch event will be opened by the Director-General of FAO and its speakers will include government officials, policy makers and distinguished researchers. Presenters will highlight the relevance of the report’s findings for decision makers, development actors, the private sector, civil society and academia. Different stakeholders will share insights from their own work on gender equality and empowering women in agrifood systems, as a key ingredient for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.