‘Empowering rural women for food and nutrition security’ was another side event organised by the Rome Based Agencies where the Platform’s agriculture and nutrition group chair spoke. Her main message was on the need to rebalance agriculture to ensure that agricultures core responsibility in delivering accessible nutrition for all is met. This would entail an increase in the focus on fruits, vegetables and legumes to mention a few, which are good micronutrient sources and are also a core produce of women. This echoed the message of Platform members and partners who addressed the fundamental role of women to food systems during the Annual General Assembly (AGA) in December.
It was expressed during the AGA that enhancing the gender implementation of agriculture projects remains a priority for donors. In April 2015, The World Bank released the publication Beyond Quality at Entry: Portfolio Review on Gender Implementation of Agriculture Projects which introduces a tool to track gender mainstreaming in the implementation phase of a project. Because effectively mainstreaming gender in agriculture projects relies on access to effective data, it is also integral for donors that improvements are made in the collection, dissemination and use of gender-disaggregated data in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural development as recognised at FAO’s World Food Summit Plan of Action adopted by UN Member Nations in 1996. For this reason, the FAO and IFAD jointly held a side event on “Gender statistics and monitoring tools on agriculture and food security” during the CSW 59 where panelists gave a brief overview of different tools related to gender and agriculture / food security and sustainable poverty reduction.