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Food insecurity, malnutrition and undernutrition are major threats to the world’s poor.

Globalized industrial agriculture, poverty, climate change and gender

The intersection of commodification of lands, industrialized agriculture, climate change and gender inequality threaten food and nutrition insecurity worldwide.

Globalized industrial agriculture, poverty, climate change and gender

The intersection of commodification of lands, industrialized agriculture, climate change and gender inequality threaten food and nutrition insecurity worldwide.

 

Norms, food security and gender

Social norms and gender inequality have important impacts on women’s food and nutrition security within households. WFP reports a close correlation between food insecurity and gender-based violence (GBV). When it comes to the provision and distribution of humanitarian assistance, the gender and generational differences of food security, such as the cultural and social context of access to and distribution of resources, distinct nutrition needs – particularly for pregnant and lactating mothers, and livelihood activities and roles – are pivotal to ensure equal access and avoid negative consequences.

Norms, food security and gender

Social norms and gender inequality have important impacts on women’s food and nutrition security within households. WFP reports a close correlation between food insecurity and gender-based violence (GBV). When it comes to the provision and distribution of humanitarian assistance, the gender and generational differences of food security, such as the cultural and social context of access to and distribution of resources, distinct nutrition needs – particularly for pregnant and lactating mothers, and livelihood activities and roles – are pivotal to ensure equal access and avoid negative consequences.

 

Gender roles and nutrition

Evidence points to the important role of women – particularly as mothers – for child nutrition outcomes.

Gender roles and nutrition

Evidence points to the important role of women – particularly as mothers – for child nutrition outcomes.

 

Gender equality and food security

Education is key. One study showed that women's education contributed 43% of the reduction in child malnutrition over time, while food availability accounted for 26%. Surveys in a wide range of countries have shown that 85–90% of the time spent on household food preparation is women’s time. Given all of this, levers for realizing food and nutrition security have important gendered implications – both for supporting women’s rights and enabling their leadership

Gender equality and food security

Education is key. One study showed that women's education contributed 43% of the reduction in child malnutrition over time, while food availability accounted for 26%. Surveys in a wide range of countries have shown that 85–90% of the time spent on household food preparation is women’s time. Given all of this, levers for realizing food and nutrition security have important gendered implications – both for supporting women’s rights and enabling their leadership

 

More Information

Global Commitments: Food & Nutrition Security
Over 40% of children in Niger suffer from chronic malnutrition, and more than 14% of children under five suffer from acute malnutrition. CARE’s project “Mothers of Light” supports women and children to fight malnutrition.
Global Commitments: Food & Nutrition Security
The goals, standards and commitments set forth by the Sustainable Development Goals, international law and global strategies for gender justice and food/nutrition security in the context of climate change.
CARE's Strategy: Food & Nutrition Security
Putali Tamang and her husband Sumar, from Daubachour village in Nepal, received tomato seeds from CARE after the April and May 2015 earthquakes. Here, Putali carefully takes care of the young and growing plants.
CARE's Strategy: Food & Nutrition Security
CARE's strategy and approach to gender justice and food/nutrition security in the context of climate change.
Promising Practices: Food & Nutrition Security
Carmen Lazo Alfaro, 23, shows off her quinoa crop. Carmen used to be a domestic helper in Lima, but moved back to the country and decided to start growing quinoa. She has since tripled her income and now teaches others to grow the same crop.
Promising Practices: Food & Nutrition Security
Key approaches that have been identified to advance gender justice, FNS and climate change adaptation/resilience.