A new database launched by FAO puts the spotlight on one of the major stumbling blocks to rural development - widespread inequalities between men and women in their access to land.
The *Gender and Land Rights Database produced in consultation with national statistics authorities, universities, civil society organizations and other sources worldwide, offers up-to-date information on how men and women in 78 countries differ in their legal rights and access to land.
In most of the world, women lag well behind men in ownership of agricultural land and access to income from land, even though women are major producers of food crops and play crucial roles in providing and caring for their households... (Source: FAO press release 17/02/2010)
Call to Civil Society to Participate in the Process towards the Adoption of Voluntary Guidelines for Land and Natural Resource Tenure by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO – has initiated the process of discussion that should lead to the adoption of Voluntary Guidelines for Land and Natural Resource Tenure. The following text gives a quick overview of this process along with its objectives and structure. It also calls for Civil Society Organizations – CSO – to participate in regional meetings coordinated by the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty – IPC – with the intent of discussing issues specifically relevant to civil society.