On 18 October World Vision, WFP, FAO and the SDG2 Advocacy Hub held an official side event of the 46th Session of the Committee on World Food Security focusing on Gender Equality & Malnutrition.
The session looked at some of the latest approaches to addressing causes & improved nutrition through three new perspectives: relationship between gender equality and food; gender-transformative approaches to nutrition; and scaling up.
Moderator: Lauren Landis, Director of Nutrition at the UN World Food Programme
Closing statements: H.E. Mario Arvelo, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to FAO, IFAD & WFP and Chair of CFS
It is recognised that gender equality is essential for attaining food security, better nutrition and achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals. Approaches to addressing gender inequalities must move beyond the historical paradigm of addressing women as beneficiaries, to empowering them as transformational change agents with autonomy and structural power to make meaningful and sustainable change. Over the last 15 years, Gender Transformative Approaches (GTAs) have become prominent in rural development strategies that address the root causes of rural gender inequalities, in order to improve food security and nutrition and increase agricultural production in a sustainable manner, while also contributing to economic growth. GTAs offer an alternative to the “business as usual” approach to gender integration.
Achieving gender equality and empowering rural women will not only improve food security, nutrition, health and education outcomes, it will also bring immediate and long-term economic and social benefits for families, communities and nations at large.
With a woman farmer Elizabeth Gwevo from Guruve, Zimbabwe leading the discussions and sharing her own experiences, partners introduced new innovative frameworks, survey modules, and good practices to address the gender-based causes of food insecurity and malnutrition.
Before participating in the transformative Enterprize project and as a single mother, Elizabeth had little knowledge of farming, and was not able to produce enough food for her family. As a woman, she was not able to receive the training, skills and resources she needed to be a productive farmer. Today, Elizabeth serves as a lead farmer and teaches other peer farmers on agriculture production, rural finance and nutrition.
Perspectives and Initiatives introduced:
- Gender Transformative Framework for Addressing Malnutrition and Gender Inequality. World Vision International
- Gender Equality for Food Security Measure survey module that will explore the relationship between gender equality and food security as experienced by individuals. Gallup/WFP
- A focus on scaling up gender transformative approaches to eradicate hunger, end poverty and promote sustainable agriculture. FAO/Bioversity International
Watch the livestream here:
Photos and Video Courtesy of FAO
We will be continuing to engage in these discussions in 2020 and would encourage your participation. For more information, contact the SDG2 Advocacy Hub Secretariat.