"Women make significant contributions to the rural economy in all developing country regions. Their roles differ across regions, yet they consistently have less access than men to the resources and opportunities they need to be more productive. Increasing women’s access to land, livestock, education, financial services, extension, technology and rural employment would boost their productivity and generate gains in terms of agricultural production, food security, economic growth and social welfare,” observed FAO.
FAO has urged the member countries to promote equal access to resources and opportunities, to ensure that agricultural policies and programmes are gender-aware, and to make women’s voices heard as equal partners for sustainable development.
According to FAO, achieving gender equality and empowering women in agriculture is not only the right thing to do, but it is also crucial for agricultural development and food security.
On the occasion of WFD, the Spanish television has been active in broadcasting events held in the country on the day. Also, the FAO Goodwill Ambassador – Spanish soccer star Raul – took part in key events to highlight food-security issues across his country.
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