FAO Gender News April 2018, Issue #9

Post date Wednesday, 9 May, 2018 - 11:57
Document Type News story, Press/News release
Content Themes Gender
Sources FAO
FAO Gender News
 April  2018, Issue #9



FAO Gender News

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Supporting vulnerable men and women farmers in northeastern Nigeria 

After Aisa y Maida lost her husband during an attack on her home in Magumeri, a Local Government Authority (LGA) in Nigeria's Borno State, she fled to Konduga, a neighbouring LGA with her seven children. Like Aisa ya Maida, some 1.8 million people have been displaced by violence in northeastern Nigeria, and the impact on the food security and nutrition situation has been devastating.

As part of a series of coordinated responses launched in 2017, FAO has been working with thousands of households in the area to restore agricultural livelihoods. This included a campaign, begun in October 2017, to help  117 000 farming families (about 820 000 people) grow rice and vegetables during the off-seasonconvened a three-day Africa-wide consultative meeting on rural women and gender in the context of the AU Agenda 2063. READ MORE 


"Drought impacts women and children differently"-The story of Hany                                                            

With one failed rainy season after another, Hany Abdullahi Aaden was increasingly worried about the survival of her livestock. Drought, according to Hany, “impacts women and  children much differently to men”. The milk from livestock is essential for nutrition, which supports the health of mothers, particularly when pregnant or breastfeeding. The meat also provides a critical source    of protein for children. But, as animals get weaker and sicker, this    food source is lost. Hany was further worried about the “increased workload for women to maintain our homes — looking after weak animals, collecting firewood and water, and selling charcoal”. + READ MORE

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Saving livestock and livelihoods for men and women in Ethiopia                                           

In Ethiopia’s southeast region, livestock are essential for survival. “We were pure herders. We used to follow the water and grass,” said Mahabo Hassen, a female livestock owner   from the outskirts of Warder, in Ethiopia’s Somali Region. The animals provide families with milk to drink and to make butter and yoghurt.  Male camels and donkeys are also used to fetch water  and transport grain. Sheep or goat hides, or rope made from camel  skins also generates income. But with the failure of two consecutive rainy seasons and depleting resources for pasture and water, livestock-dependent pastoralists who live in the driest areas of Ethiopia, like Mahabo and others, have struggled to find ways to keep their animals alive+ READ MORE


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National gender profile of agriculture and rural livelihoods: Zimbabwe

Country Gender Assessment



Uganda Country Gender Assessment Report

(Country Gender Assessment Series)



Zambia Country Gender Assessment Report



National Gender Profile of Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods – Liberia

(Country Gender Assessment Series)


National gender profile of agriculture and rural livelihoods - Ghana (Country Gender Assessment Report)


Unlocking the potential of rural women in Ethiopia      
Recognizing the role of indigenous women: A day in the life of Telvina    

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