Hajnalka Petrics

Hajnalka Petrics is a Gender and Development Officer in the Social Protection Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Previously she served as Rural Development and Gender Technical Officer in FAO’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. Hajnalka holds a Bachelor in Economics from the Budapest Business School and University of Applied Sciences, a Master’s in Political Science and a PhD in International Cooperation and Sustainable Development Policies from the University of Bologna. She works for the advancement of gender equality and the empowerment of women in the context of rural development, food security and poverty reduction. 

She currently leads a work programme on facilitating the full implementation of CEDAW to prompt the formulation of gender-sensitive food security and nutrition policies and programmes, in particular in Latin America and Central Asia. She also coordinates FAO’s work on gender-sensitive rural advisory services (RAS). The work focuses on generating knowledge on the main challenges and good practices in the design and delivery of gender-sensitive agricultural extension and rural advisory services and developing tools and methods to enhance capacities of Ministries of Agriculture in the design and delivery of demand-led gender-sensitive RAS programmes.