Wednesday, February 09, 2011

IFAD Notes Progress In Gender Equality Goals

The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said that it has made significant progress in improving gender equality and strengthening the role of women in agriculture production. Following a report by its evaluation committee, IFAD noted that it has adopted three strategies to improve gender equality and women's empowerment. These stretegies include, expanding women's access to assets; strengthening their decision-making role in community affairs; and easing their workload by facilitating access to basic rural services and infrastructure.

IFAD, a specialized agency of the UN is dedicated to eradicating global poverty in developing countries, especially in countries where majority of people's livelihood depends on agriculture and related activities. The agency has already noted significant progress in promoting gender equality and in addressing challenges faced by women in developing countries. But it also outlined several areas where IFAD's performance can be improved. Although compared to other UN agencies IFAD is better positioned, it still needs to improve gender balance by assigning human resources and financial resources in the required field.

-Nisha Noor