The stakeholder validation workshop on rural women and decent employment in Egypt, organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) opened on 10 April in Cairo, Egypt. The two-day-event is part of ICARDA and FAO’s joint efforts to address rural gender inequalities and accelerate women’s empowerment in rural communities across the Middle East and North Africa region, one of the most gender-segregated regions in the world in terms of employment and work opportunities.
The workshop brought together more than 40 participants representing various governmental agencies, agricultural institutions, policy makers, media and international organizations present in Egypt.
Dr. Hisham Alam, welcomed the participants speaking on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Dr. Abdel Moneim El-Banna and highlighted the importance of the projects focusing on the rural women development in Egypt. “These projects empower women and offer opportunities for the youth,” he said.
“Women are vital to reducing rural poverty and improving food security and nutrition in rural areas.”
(Hussein Gadain, FAO Representative in Egypt)
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