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Let’s Listen to Rural Women, urges Prof Bertini on Rural Women’s Day

For the International Day of Rural Women on 15 October, GAP Patron Prof. Catherine Bertini agreed to do a video interview to offer her insights into the challenges facing rural women today, and ways of helping them unleash their potential. In it, Prof. Bertini reminds us that the key challenge for women worldwide, and especially for poor rural women, is to be listened to!

However, the only way that can happen is if development practitioners improve the extension work done to bring innovations to already overburdened women farmers in rural settings, and collect more data on their daily lives and many responsibilities. Prof. Bertini stresses that all those committed to working to improve food and nutrition security need to reach out to women farmers to learn directly from them what they need or we’re never going to be as effective in improving agricultural production and nutritional outcomes as we could be.  

A 2003 World Food Prize laureate and a recently-appointed member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) System Board, Prof. Bertini also speaks on her vision for the CGIAR international research system in terms of how she sees gender considerations being applied across the wide portfolio of activities covered by the CGIAR.

Prof. Bertini is widely acknowledged for the transformative gender approach she brought to WFP as Executive Director, and for bringing a focus on women to the forefront in operations on the ground, working directly with female beneficiaries.

Watch the video on YouTube here:

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