Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty


Gender equality is an essential component for sustainable economic development and empowering rural women is vital to enabling poor people to improve their livelihoods and overcome poverty. Over 70 per cent of the world’s poor people live in rural areas and most of rural women and men rely on agriculture. However, rural women have limited access to land, credit, information and technologies, and they face difficulties in terms of mobility and political participation. IFAD is addressing gender inequalities and discrimination by focusing on areas which can empower women economically and socially, including access to land, water, education, training, markets and financial services.

Read more

In focus

Ten things to know about gender equality and rural poverty

  • Did you know that over 70 per cent of the world’s poor people live in rural areas and most rural women and men rely on agriculture? Read more

20,000 families in 13 districts of Uganda are now imagining their lives differently. . By creating a shared vision, husbands and wives are not only finding ways to break out of their poverty, but they are discovering the value of equality in their homes.

Watch more videos on gender


Contact information

  • Clare Bishop-Sambrook
    Senior Technical Adviser - Gender, Empowerment and Social Inclusion
    Policy and Technical Advisory Division
    E-mail: gender@ifad.org