Celebrating World Food Day, October 16

World Food Day was first held on 16 Oct 1981. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations marks World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. HISTORY BY YEAR Family Farming is the focus of World Food Day 2014 Program at Head Quarters, Oct. 16, 2014, NYC The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder … [Read more...]

CANADA is leader in global food security initiatives, celebrate!

  ROME — Canada's leadership on food security and nutrition is contributing to the reduction of poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in developing countries. The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, participated today in a round table in Rome to discuss global food security and nutrition, and the role of private sector partnerships. "Ensuring access to safe and nutritious food is a priority of Canada's international assistance to developing countries," said … [Read more...]

Women unlock chains of development in rural Nepal

SURKHET, Nepal – Amidst the hustle and bustle of passing vehicles, dust and honking horns on the Surkhet-Jumla road, about 350 km west of Kathmandu, the patches of green vegetables within a few minutes’ walk are a soothing treat to the eyes. Bimala Adhikari, shown with her children, heads a rural women's cooperative in Nepal.©Rocky Prajapati/IFAD The proud owners of the vegetable plots are women, most of them affiliated with the Nari Ekata (“Women United”) Women’s Cooperative. With 124 … [Read more...]

Social Inclusion and Women Empowerment: Key to Success – Nepal LR

Social Inclusion and Women Empowerment: Key to Success - Nepal LR As the Learning Route continues its journey in Nepal, we feature today one of the most active participants, Ms. Sushila Kumari Thapa Magar. Being the Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor of the High Value Agriculture Project (HVAP) in Surkhet, Mid-Western Region of Nepal since last year, she is now development worker for ten years. Sushila will provide her observations and some lessons learn by participating in the Learning … [Read more...]

Bangledesh, Living on new land: Char Development

The coastlines of Bangladesh are constantly moving. Surveys, based on satellite images, have shown that each year there is a net accretion of around 20 km2: newly formed land of about 52 km2 minus eroded land of around 32 km2. With an assumed density of 800 people per km2, this means that each year approximately 26,000 people lose their land. For many of them, the newly accreted land, or chars, as these new-emerged lands are called in Bangla, offers an alternative home. The Char Development and … [Read more...]

Cooperatives: Empowering women farmers, improving food security

Cooperatives: Empowering women farmers, improving food security Rural cooperatives and farmers’ organizations play a crucial role in the eradication of hunger and poverty. One of the ways they achieve this is through their vocation to empower small agricultural producers, and in particular women farmers. Empowering women farmers improves food security for all Women comprise on average 43% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries and produce the bulk of the world’s food … [Read more...]

UN Women on Twitter, let’s chat!

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct … [Read more...]

PAKISTAN: Celebrating Successful stories from the IFAD funded AJK

Pakistan: Successful stories from the IFAD funded AJK Community Development Program (AJK CDP) Kashmir Women Taking Action! Women in Kashmir suffer silently, Showkat A. Motta, OneWorld South Asia Women have borne the brunt of violence in the two decades of conflict in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir – raped, tortured, maimed and killed. Several studies have shown how uncaring authorities and societal norms have multiplied their woes. Srinagar: Month of … [Read more...]

PERU: IFAD Innovations in Latin America and the Caribbean

IFAD: Innovations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Case of Peru Day 1. Quequeña Getting together It was 6am when we left Lima and the salty breeze of the coast to fly towards Arequipa, over 2000 metres in the Southern Highlands of Peru. Here our journey begins, a one week Learning Route that will guide us through the rural areas of the Arequipa Department offering the opportunity to learn from the successful experiences supported by the SIERRA SUR … [Read more...]

FAO-IFAD-WFP: Celebrating momentum closing gender gap in agriculture

  FAO-IFAD-WFP: Celebrating momentum closing gender gap in agriculture     This year, in celebrating the centenary anniversary of the International Women’s Day we paid tribute to the achievements of women who for 100 years have inspired both men and women.   Over the last 100 years, females made a compelling case to achieve equality. While we’ve made great strides there is still lot to be achieved to close the gender gap on many fronts. On Monday 8 March, on the occasion of the presentation … [Read more...]

IFAD: Corporate-level evaluation on IFAD’s performance – Taking Action to support Women!

      Corporate-level evaluation on IFAD’s performance with regard to ...   'Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment'.       Taking Action to support Women New evaluation on gender equality and women's empowerment in IFAD's projects points the way to further progress   Rome, February 2011 – An evaluation of projects and activities undertaken by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has found that, while there is room for improvement, the agency has made significant … [Read more...]

IFAD: Global Gathering of Women Pastoralists in Gujarat

Historical Global Gathering of Women Pastoralists in Gujarat – from dream to reality! On 21 November in a small village 100km from Ahmedabad, over 200 pastoral women, men and children danced, clapped and banged tambourines to the accompaniment of their jingling jewels and lowing animals. This colourful pageant - a joyous celebration of the inseparable relationship between pastoralists, their animals and land - was a fittingly emotional opening ceremony for a truly historic gathering. Over … [Read more...]

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