The Expanding Role of Home Economics in Advocacy for Families and Households, Rural Households, and the Global Village

By Anderson, Carol L. | Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, January 1, 2000 | Go to article overview

The Expanding Role of Home Economics in Advocacy for Families and Households, Rural Households, and the Global Village


Anderson, Carol L., Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences


Sissel Ekaas, Woman and Population Division, Director - Sustainable Development Department from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) voiced five wishes for home economics in the global community

Promote inclusion of rural issues on policy and legislative agendas;

Build capacity so that rural people and their organizations participate in policy making and planning;

Create more accurate portraits of rural people's livelihoods in the media;

Empower rural people through education; and

Engage rural people in actions that include knowledge building.

For these wishes to become reality; research, curricula, and training need to be reoriented. Research activities that are diversified build a knowledge base for achieving the wishes. Updated networks and the ability to network contribute to achieving the wishes. The public and private sectors collaborate in ways that focus on the outcomes and help to transform realities from what is to what is possible. New images contribute to new realities.

To achieve the FAO goal of eradicating poverty and food insecurity in rural communities, partnerships and collaboration are essential. New technologies and new markets respect daily life and help to create well-being according to Ekaas.

Ideas held up by Was align with participatory action research and outreach. It's recognizing that when men and women are equal partners and both have important roles and responsibilities, ideas are transformed into action. …

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