Leaving no one behind: Empowering Africa’s Rural Women for Zero Hunger and Shared Prosperity

Post date Friday, 28 September, 2018 - 10:21
Document Type Report
Content Themes Gender, Resilience, Emergency Response, General theme, Agriculture, Food Security
Sources FAO

If women have the same access to skills, resources and opportunities as men, they will be powerful drivers in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. 
Empowering women in agriculture, value chains and trade will accelerate the achievement of the Malabo Commitments and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Ending hunger by 2025 in Africa is possible if we address the gender inequalities in production and reduce post-harvest losses.
It is essential to tackle food security, nutrition and rural poverty through a holistic approach that integrates the adaptation and mitigation of climate change, biodiversity, and peace and security. This is key for the empowerment of rural women. 
Through partnerships, investments and concrete actions, we can improve the status of rural women.

It is estimated that 56 percent of the African population will live in urban areas by 2050. If we are to meet this growing demand for food, we  must harness the full potential of women.
The African Union gender equality commitments focus on achieving 30 percent documented land ownership and 50 percent finance for women. These are pre-requisites to reach the Malabo Commitments. 

Giving women decision making power within the household and the community will allow them to have access to economic opportunities. This is in line with the new Malabo indicator on women’s economic empowerment in agriculture.


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