Food security and gender
Women in their roles as producers and managers of household food security often bear primary responsibility for maintaining household consumption and nutrition in the face of mounting costs. However they are often impeded in their efforts by limited access to assets, traditional norms, and the challenges posed by their often competing roles.
The Irish Aid-funded Hunger Task Force (2008) highlighted the need for a more gender sensitive response to hunger. The myriad linkages between food security and gender are rarely well understood. Here we have collated resources around four key themes:
- Gender, Agriculture and Food Security
- Gender, Access and Control of Food in the Household
- Gender and Nutrition
- Disaggregating Gender within Food Security Initiatives – Tools and Methodologies
- Women, food security and agriculture in global marketplace
- Despite evidence that gender-informed approaches are needed to bolster women’s roles and productivity, they are not yet a mainstay of development and agricultural programmes. This gap persists largely because decision makers continue to regard women as home producers or “assistants” in farm households, and not as farmers and economic agents in their own right.
- Smallholder agriculture’s contribution to better nutrition
- S. Wiggins; S. Keats / Overseas Development Institute, 2013
- Commissioned by the UK Hunger Alliance for the June 2013 'Hunger Summit' this report asks "How can smallholder agriculture contribute to improving food security and reducing under-nutrition?" Potentially, smallholder agricultur...
- Gender: A key dimension linking agricultural programs to improved nutrition and health
- R Meinzen-Dick / International Food Policy Research Institute, 2012
- Empirical evidence shows that increasing women’s control over land, physical assets, and financial assets serves to raise agricultural productivity, improve child health and nutrition, and increase expenditures on education, as ...
- Concept note for the preliminary study on rural women and the right to food
- M Zulficar / Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2012
- This concept note sets out the content of an upcoming study on rural women and the right to food. The study suggests intersections between womens rights and the right to food, interrelating with discrimination around access to l...
- Gender in emergency food security, livelihoods and nutrition in Somalia
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2012
- This Food and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FNASU) desk based review examines traditional and changing gender roles and responsibilities in food security, livelihood and nutrition, examining what is known about the Somalian context and gap...
- Addressing the gender gap in agriculture: opportunities for collaboration in gender-responsive research
- Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, 2012
- This workshop report by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research’s (CGIAR) Gender and Agriculture Research Network identifies opportunities for cross programme collaboration to enhance CGIAR’s contribu...