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.
- International Women's Day: Investing in rural women brings progress for their communities
- Photo essay: Empowering women farmers in Nepal to make changes that bring progress for all
- New report: The Gender Advantage: Women on the front line of climate change
- Gender newsletter: Issue 3, February 2014
- Clare Bishop-Sambrook
Senior Technical Adviser - Gender, Empowerment and Social Inclusion
Policy and Technical Advisory Division
Ten things to know about gender equality and rural poverty
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Fatou Danso is a farmer, but she is also The Gambia's first female village chief . The land here was once only farmed by men. But now Fatou has distributed the land to women - and together they have formed a vegetable garden scheme.