As the world scrambles to address the global food crisis, proposed measures may fail to meet the specific needs of women and girls and might worsen existing gender inequalities. Crisis responses, such as the provision of fertilizer subsidies or vouchers, are more likely to reach male heads of household. Other measures may add to the already high labor burdens of women and girls. Governments may shift spending away from social programs that support vulnerable women and children. The current crisis is hitting many women and girls at a time when they are already experiencing considerable hardship, following the pandemic and amid intensifying climate change.
Yet this crisis presents an opportunity to design gender-responsive programs that buffer women and girls in the short term and tackle entrenched gender inequalities while building resilience to future shocks over the long term. The International Food Policy Research Institute’s Gender, Climate Change, and Nutrition Integration Initiative (GCAN), with support from USAID, recently convened a roundtable of concerned donors, academics, and practitioners and the recommendations were published in a Nature Comment.
Please join us for a discussion on how to chart a course toward more resilient and equitable food systems that create more opportunities for women and girls, leading to greater gender equality and greater prosperity for all.
Recommendations from the Roundtable on Addressing the Gendered Impacts of the Global Food Crisis
Perspective from the Ground
Panel: Responding to the Gendered Impacts