CSM Working Group on Women
Sophie Ogutu Dwollar – World March of Women (Kenya)
Emily Prangue Cahilog – International Women’s Alliance (Philippines)
Miram Nobre – World March of Women (Brazil)
CSM Resource Person for the CFS Technical Task Team
Alberta Guerra – ActionAid International/IFSN (Italy)
To join the Working Group please write to the CSM Secretariat at email@example.com
Extract from MYPoW 2016-2017
CFS Forum on Women’s empowerment in the context of food security and nutrition – 2017
30. According to the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) released by FAO in 2010-2011, despite their crucial role in agriculture, women still “face gender-specific constraints that reduce their productivity and limit their contributions to agricultural production, economic growth and the wellbeing of their families, communities and countries”. These result in a gender gap in terms of access to land and essential resources. According to FAO, if women were given the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20-30 percent and raise agricultural outputs in developing countries by 2.5-4 percent which in theory could reduce the overall number of hungry people by 12-17 percent (SOFA 2010-2011, Women in Agriculture). Closing the gender gap and addressing women’s nutritional challenges would have positive implications also on children’s nutritional status given that when women have more influence over economic decisions, their families allocate more income to food, health, education, children’s clothing and children’s nutrition.
31. A CFS Forum will take place during or back-to-back to CFS 44 in October 2017 to discuss the challenges that remain in economic empowerment of women and help promote a shared understanding of how those issues are evolving in the agriculture and agri-food sector. Taking into account also the recommendations of the policy roundtable on “Gender, Food Security and Nutrition” held at CFS 37 in 2011, the discussion is expected to lead to identification of policy gaps and good practices which can be broadly disseminated with a view to informing future gender-sensitive policy and represent the basis for future stocktaking and sharing of lessons.
The CFS Advisory Group and Bureau will discuss the draft concept note of the Women’s Empowerment Forum elaborated by the Technical Task Team, under the lead of the CFS Secretariat.