Online, 19 Dec 2014. Transparency and inclusiveness were agreed upon by members and observers of the first working meeting of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (ACSA) held at FAO in Rome on 17 and 18 December 2015. Opened by Maria-Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General of FAO and moderated by the two co-chairs Martin Bwalya, NEPAD and Inge Herman Rydland, MFA Norway, the meeting turned the alliance into a fully operational entity after the launch in September at the UN Climate Summit.

Online, 15 Dec 2014. Jayati Ghosh delivered the key note speech at this year's Annual General Assembly. She addressed key issues on the topics of food systems and gender - the changing food patterns and ongoing vertical concentration in agriculture that causes displacement of work, production and food habits.

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Online, 12 Dec 2014. Closing gender gaps is a matter of both equality and efficiency. Differences among men and women regarding access to and control of assets have a large impact on personal and household wellbeing, as well as productivity. IFPRI and FAO partnered on ‘Gender in Agriculture: Closing the Knowledge Gap’ a compilation of the growing knowledge base on the gender gaps in agriculture and why they should be closed.This book follows up the FAO report 'The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-2011 – Women in Agriculture' which had a clear and urgent message: agriculture underperforms because half of all farmers—women—lack equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to be more productive.

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Online, 12 Dec 2014. On the 2nd December, as a pre-event to our Annual General Assembly in Florence, the Secretariat help organise a consultations Meeting on the Topic of NEPAD's Support Prograamme 'Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture' for 5 countries in Africa. More than 30 participants discussed with Estherine Fotabong, NEPAD and NORAD, IFAD, GIZ, WB, UNWomen and FAO gave detailed feedback on the programme in light of their gender policies.

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