This study was produced by the FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa (FAO-RNE) in collaboration with CIRAD (France) and CIHEAM-IAMM (France), and it was carried out in 2015 -2016 with the aim of producing a comprehensive assessment of the situation of small-scale family farming (characterization, context in which it operates, support it receives).
According to the study, inequalities between men and women as landholders is one of the general characteristics of this type of farming, as the percentage of female landholders decreased from 9.8 percent in 1990 to nearly 4.3 percent in 2010, despite the fact that they represent more than 50 percent of Egyptian population. The study also shows that although, Islam provides for the protection and respect of female rights with regard to inheritance, some negative cultural traditions against women remain the most important challenges facing women in many rural areas. The study also sheds lights on several success stories of projects and associations who were able to address some of the inequalities that Egyptian women face in the farming sector.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.