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Gender and Food Security: the Role of Information - Strategy for Action

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This Strategy for Action considers the role that information plays in food security programmes, based on the rationale that rapid advances in information and communications technology have greatly increased the possibilities for sharing and disseminating knowledge, but that certain sectors of society, including poor and marginalised women, are excluded from these information flows in ways that create further inequalities. The strategy is intended to facilitate the generation of comparative information on men and women, and statistics disaggregated by sex that highlight the specific problems faced by men and women. In addition it aims to strengthen two-way information flows to increase awareness among policy makers of food security issues at the grassroots level and to inform people - particularly women - about the policy decisions that affect them; and the dissemination of information through the media. Objectives include strengthening the relationship between rural populations and policy makers so they can work better together to reach solutions that serve the interests and needs of all involved. It also aims to highlight women's existing contribution to food security to promote their involvement as full partners in the planning and implementation of Food and Agriculture Organisations policies. The strategy includes guidelines for action and methodological tools aimed at strengthening women's participation in information development around food security, as well as facilitating effective policy making and strategic planning at all levels. One of the measures it recommends is creating opportunities for FAO to Collaborate with the media to improve the targeting and packaging of information on rural women and to elaborate a dissemination strategy geared towards both the general public and more specialised audiences

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