International Women's Day - Closing the gender gap in agriculture
Dialogue: Closing the gender gap in agriculture

High-level panel discussion at FAO for International Women’s Day

7 March 2014, Rome- Tomorrow will mark International Women’s Day, and with that, high-level experts from the UN and partner organizations met today at FAO Headquarters in Rome to discuss the theme "Closing the gender gap in agriculture”. Women play a remarkably strong role in Agriculture while facing an equally remarkable array of challenges. In this dialogue - jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) – guests highlighted the progress made for women in agriculture and emphasized the tenacity and strength displayed by the women working within Agricultural sectors worldwide. This year’s theme for International Women’s day is “Equality for women is progress for all”.

Statements from José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO; Michel Mordasini, Vice-President, IFAD; and Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, WFP.

Statement from H.E. Mary Robinson, Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Justice and member of IDLO’s International Advisory Council.

Dialogue: Closing the gender gap in agriculture.

Panelists include:

H.E. Tehmina Janjua, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Irene Khan, Director-General, IDLO
Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General NR, FAO
Elisabeth Rasmusson, Assistant Executive Director, Partnership and Governance Services, WFP
Hoonae Kim, Director, Asia and Pacific Region, IFAD
Rose Akaki, member of WFO – Uganda (Kampala)
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