FAO welcomes the UNCCD Gender Action Plan (GAP) as an important tool for achieving effective responses and solutions for Natural Resources Management and improving the living conditions of affected populations, recognizing that rural women and girls, in particular, are major agents of change. FAO contributes to reducing gender inequalities in many ways and has developed several relevant tools and methodologies.
FAO supports governments to design and implement policies and programmes that ensure women and men have equal access to productive resources, organizations, technologies, markets, decent employment, and social protection, and that they participate and benefit equally from agricultural services and opportunities, including fisheries and forestry. Jointly with governments, development agencies, academia, civil society and the private sector key international instruments, such as the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security are being applied, providing a paramount opportunity for reversing gender inequalities.
In addition to strengthening local capacities across ministries and other national institutions, the Organization works with countries to produce and use sex-disaggregated data, gender-sensitive indicators and socio-economic and gender analysis (SEAGA), all of which are critical to evidence-based policy development, as well as for LDN reporting.
Through programmes to accelerate progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women, FAO works with partners such as IFAD, WFP, and UN Women to empower rural women through capacity development and the creation of conducive policy environments, increasing women’s incomes and enhancing their decision-making power, including on land-related issues.