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Making sense of land, statistics, and gender

Making sense of land, statistics, and gender (pdf) is a new infographic from the Gender and Land Rights database (GLRD) of the FAO and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). The infographic explores the correct use of land ownership statistics (ownership understood in a broad sense beyond individual property rights) and highlights how gender can influence land rights.

The infographic invites viewers to travel to a rural community in Sub-Saharan Africa to meet Tafadzwa, Wema, and Chimango who tell us about their landownership. Despite our hosts being part of the same extended family and contributing to the family farm, the data collected about them differ greatly as a result of their relationships to each other and to agricultural land.

Read on at the original posting on the FAO site.


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IFAD, FAO, and WFP celebration for International Women’s Day

The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have the pleasure to invite you to join them in celebrating the 2016 International Women’s Day at WFP Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

The joint International Women’s Day event will take place on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the WFP Auditorium. 

The theme for the United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2016 is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality’’.

More information is available below and in this event flyer: 2016 International Women’s Day

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Two employment Opportunities: UN Women/Oxfam and FAO

The 2006 IASC Gender Handbook is due for an update, as was recently done for its sister publication, the GBV Guidelines.  As per the GRG’s 2015 AWP, UN Women and Oxfam are facilitating this process and to this end, we are looking to hire a consultant to undertake the work.  The post has been advertised on UNDP’s job site at the following link:  https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_lang=en&cur_job_id=60251   The deadline for applications is 6th October.

FAO is looking for a senior consultant (policy expert) on gender and food security.

For more information please read the Terms of Reference or visit  http://www.fao.org/employment/current-vacancies/consultants/en/


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FAO hiring a Sustainability and Resilience Analyst (Gender Statistics)

Global food security cannot be achieved without women’s equal access to productive resources and services. To increase agricultural productivity and natural resources management, and build resilience it is essential to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. In order to support member countries and FAO technical units with the design and implementation of gender-responsive policies and programmes, FAO addresses the gender equality dimensions in its normative work and country-level interventions, including its major statistical databases and surveys.

Similarly, and as a result of the growing importance of natural resource governance within the international agricultural development agenda and more specifically within its Strategic Framework, FAO aims to further the understanding of gender-specific impacts of interventions between agriculture and the environment, such as water and land resources, and ecosystems at large, and in communities at risk of disasters to inform gender-responsive programming and implementation.

To this end and under the general supervision of the Directors of the Social Protection Division (ESP) and the Statistics Division (ESS), under the direct supervision of Regina Laub, Senior Officer Gender Analysis and Policy, and as a member of several task teams, the Consultant will contribute to the work under Strategic Objective 2 (SO-2: “Increase and improve provision of goods and services from agriculture, forestry and fisheries in a sustainable manner”) and Strategic Objective 5 (SO-5: “Increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises ”). The consultant will provide methodological advice mainly in the context of large scale surveys and, upon ad hoc requests, also for project specific studies.

Please see the terms of reference here: TORs Gender and Statistics Consultant


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How can ICTs promote gender equality in rural areas?

e-Agriculture is collecting information on the topic ‘Gender and the use of ICTs for agricultural and rural development – How ICTs can promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in rural areas’, to prepare a paper on the subject.

ICT initiatives are often generic and fail to recognize that the introduction of ICTs in a community will affect men and women differently. A range of specific barriers exist to women’s access, control and use of ICTs, all of which have implications for the efficacy of ICT-based agricultural interventions. However there are also initiatives that are inclusive and contribute to the promotion of gender equality through the use of ICTS.

In order to identify, analyse, understand and promote successful approaches, e-Agriculture and FAO are looking for experiences from different stakeholders. This is why we are now launching this call to you to ask you to share your recent experiences, articles, lessons learned, insights or good practices on gender and the use of ICTs for agricultural development.All contributions will be published on e-Agricultures thematic page on Gender and ICTs and the selected experiences and articles will be referenced in the final paper that will be published on our platform and through other media.

You can send your contributions to info@e-agriculture.org or share them with the group. We look forward to learning more about your insights on the topic.

 


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New online discussion on Food Security, Gender Equality and Peace-Building

The Institute of Development Studies and the FAO are launching an online discussion as part of the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition to better understand the potential interactions between food security, gender equality, and peace-building. The discussion will help to identify entry points for policy interventions that support food security and build resilience among men and women in conflict-affected contexts in ways that promote greater gender equality and sustainable peace.

Please view and participate in the online forum here until July 31, 2015.


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New FAO publication: Running out of time: The Reduction of women’s work burden in agricultural production

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Abstract:

Based on a broad literature review, this publication discusses rural women’s time poverty in agriculture, elaborates on its possible causes and implications and provides insight into the various types of constraints that affect the adoption of solutions for reducing work burden. This paper raises questions about the adequacy of women’s access to technologies, services and infrastructure and about the control women have over their time, given their major contributions to agriculture. It also looks into the available labour-saving technologies, practices and services that can support women to better address the demands derived from the domestic and productive spheres and improve their well-being. The reader is presented with an overview of successfully-tested technologies, services and resource management practices in the context of water, energy, information and communication. The findings elaborated in this paper feed a set of recommendations provided for policy makers and development partners. A gender-transformative approach at community and household level is suggested as a way forward to promote women’s increased control over the allocation of their time.

Read the report here.


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Job opportunity: International Coordinator of the Joint Programme of FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP

The International Coordinator will provide support to the implementation of the Joint Programme of FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP on “Accelerating progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women.”

This five-year (2012-2017) JP aims to economically empower rural women in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda. The coalition of FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP is expected to generate synergies that capitalize on each agency’s mandate, comparative advantage and institutional strength to generate more lasting and wider-scale improvements in the living conditions and rights of rural women and girls in the context of sustainable rural development. The

JP focuses on four key outcomes for rural women: 1) improved food and nutrition security, 2) increased incomes to sustain livelihoods, 3) enhanced leadership and participation in rural institutions and in shaping laws, policies and programmes, and 4) more gender-responsive policy environment for the economic empowerment of rural women.

Read more about the position in the Terms of Reference (pdf).


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Publication: Gender-specific Approaches, Rural Institutions and Technological Innovations

A new publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), is available, titled: Gender-specific Approaches, Rural Institutions and Technological Innovations: Identifying Demand- and Supply-Side Constraints and Opportunities in Access, Adoption, and Impact of Agricultural Technological Innovations.

Authors: Catherine Ragasa and Debdatta Sengupta from IFPRI, and Martha Osorio, Nora Ourabah Haddad, and Kirsten Mathieson from FAO

Abstract:

This paper reviews and integrates findings from existing empirical studies and case studies received from 35 organizations in various countries to identify demand- and supply-side constraints and opportunities in access, adoption and impact of agricultural technological innovations. The most common technologies studied are improved seeds, fertilizers, farm mechanization, improved management practices, transporting technologies, and information and communication technologies. This review consistently finds that women have much lower observed rates of adoption of a wide range of technologies than men; and these are mainly due to differentiated access to complementary inputs and services. There are limited studies that looked at upstream stages including priority-setting and innovation processes, in which women continue to be underrepresented. Over the years, the development community and local organizations have been actively working and finding solutions to improve tools and approaches to bring technological innovations closer to poor women and men farmers and making sure that they are involved from the research priority-setting and technology development. There are a number of supply- and demand-side opportunities and promising pilots, and are synthesized in this paper.


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New gender and food security online course from FAO

FAO has launched a new e-learning course to help policy-makers and agricultural planners develop gender-responsive policies and programmes for food and nutrition security. The total curriculum consists of 14 lessons, ranging from approximately 10 to 80 minutes duration, and takes 13 hours to complete in its entirety.

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