Ensuring Women’s Rights to Land and Productive Resources for Improved Food and Nutrition Security

05 Mar 2015

The World Farmers Organisation (WFO) together with the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Gender in Agriculture Partnership (GAP) co-organized a side event at the United Nations (UN) Commission on Status of Women (CSW) on 16 March, 2015 in New York. “Ensuring Women’s Rights to Land and Productive Resources for Improved Food and Nutrition Security” aimed at raising awareness on women’s right to land as well as to provide best practices and proposals to increase women’s access to land from around the world, thanks to the first-hand experience of farmers as well as the inputs of reserach institutions and International Organizations.

Globally, women play a critical role in providing food and education as well as ensuring the wellbeing of their families and communities. However, their contribution is often unrecognized. This is the case of women farmers in many regions of the world: they work and manage the land, but very often they are not entitled to own or inherit this land but only have insecure rights to use the land and its resources such as trees and pastures. Women farmers’ secure access to, use of and control over land and other productive resources are essential to increasing production of safe and nutritious food, raising their incomes, fostering better and more sustainable livelihoods and promoting gender equity. These critical issues will be debated with the contributions of women and men farmers from the developing world as well as professionals from research institutes and international organizations. The side event will also contribute to the celebrations of the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS). The aim of the side event is to raise awareness of women’s weak rights to land and the resulting implications for food and nutrition security, provide examples of best practices and make recommendations to increase their access to land and other productive resources.


Ms. Catherine Bertini, Distinguished Patron of the Gender in Agriculture Partnership (GAP); Distinguished Fellow, Global Agriculture and Food, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago, USA

Ms. Alice Kachere, Farmer and Member, WFO Women’s Committee, Lilongwe, Malawi
Mr. Ireneo Cerilla, Farmer and President, PAKISAMA, Member, AFA, Quezon City, Philippines
Ms. Lynn Brown, Special Adviser to the World Bank Vice-President and Chair of the CGIAR, Washington DC, USA
H.E. Anatolio Ndong Mba, Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations, New York City, USA