Gender equality is an essential component of sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. Equitable access to more and better jobs in rural areas enable rural women to become effective economic actors and engines of growth; as well as to produce or acquire the food, water, fuel and social services their families need. Indeed, the quality of the care mothers are able to give to their children and other household members contributes to the health and productivity of whole families and communities and improves prospects for future generations. The important gaps in data availability and analytical work in many key areas handicap policy makers efforts to address these crucial issues adequately when designing poverty alleviation and growth strategies.
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the International Labour Office