In this video interview, GAP Patron Prof. Catherine Bertini offers her insights into the challenges facing rural women today, and ways of helping them unleash their potential. She reminds us that a key challenge for women worldwide, and especially for poor rural women, is to be listened to! She also 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.