FAO Status of Women in Agrifood Systems report: Reflecting on a decade of measuring progress in women’s empowerment
I was recently in Rome attending the April 13 launch of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2023 report The Status of Women in Agrifood Systems. I’ve been privileged to work with FAO colleagues as an external expert on two flagship reports on gender: The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-2011—Women in Agriculture: Closing the Gender Gap for Development and now this one, together with colleagues from the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform. The 2010-2011 report was pathbreaking because it presented specific estimates of the agricultural productivity gains from closing gender gaps in access to resources including labor and fertilizer. It continues to be cited frequently, even though the information is now more than a decade old. So I was delighted to be invited to contribute to a background paper for the current report and to be involved in the review process.