IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency, dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in the rural areas of developing countries. IFAD's goal is to empower poor rural women and men in the developing countries to achieve higher incomes and improved food security (www.ifad.org). Rural poverty is deeply rooted in the imbalance between what women do and what they have.
Building women’s capabilities and addressing gender inequalities are crucial factors in enabling them to transform their lives and the lives of their families and communities. Women are key to addressing the household food security and nutrition goals that are central to IFAD’s mandate.
IFAD considers the following three as pillars to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment:
- Economic empowerment: Improving women’s access to income-earning opportunities and productive assets
- Decision making: Increasing women’s say in community affairs and strengthening women producers’ organizations
- Well-being: Improving accessibility of rural people, in particular women, to basic services and infrastructure