Food security

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There is more than enough food in the world to feed everyone, but the number of people affected by hunger and malnutrition is still unacceptably high, with disproportionate impacts on women and girls. Food and nutrition insecurity is a political and economic phenomenon fuelled by inequitable global and national processes. It is also a sustainability and gender justice issue. Why do hunger and malnutrition continue to exist in a world where everyone should be guaranteed the basic right to adequate, nutritious food? Why and how are women and girls so disproportionately affected by hunger? In what ways do unequal gender power relations both create and perpetuate experiences of food and nutrition insecurity? Why are women and girls’ vital contributions to food production unrecognised and invisible? How can gender-just solutions to food and nutrition insecurity be created that promote gender equality?

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ActionAid International

ActionAid is a major development charity with its head office in Johannesburgh, South Africa. Their work includes supporting food and land rights, including those of women: supporting small-scale farming, campaigning to stop land grabs and advocating for increased and improved public financing for agriculture which helps close the gender gap.

Oxfam GB

Oxfam GB is an international development organisation, also working in campaigning and emergency humanitarian support. Their work includes the GROW food justice campaign, which covers climate change, food prices, intensive farming practices and land grabs.

Compatible Technology Interactional

Compatible Technology International (CTI) designs and distributes tools that help people combat hunger and poverty. They talk to farmers, many of whom are women, to understand their concerns and needs then research existing solutions, developing prototypes in collaboration with communities. Based in the US, they work with distribution partners centers in Central America, and in West Africa.

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture & Natural Resource Management

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture & Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) is a women-led international membership network that assists agriculture and natural resource management organisations to strengthen women’s leadership and mainstream gender into their internal structures, programs, projects and policies.


The Spanish language Anacaonas website has a section dedicated to Gender and Food Sovereignty – the concept that communities should have control over the way food is produced, traded and consumed.


Oberv'action has a collection of news, research and other resources on Gender and Food Security in the French language. It seeks to develop a concept of fair food and nutrition security and uses case studies to provide examples of actions which are bringing about changes in gender releations.

Our Cutting Edge Pack

Land rights and food security: the linkages between secure land rights, women and improved household security and nutrition

This brief, published by Landesa, sets out the key issues linking secure land rights, women and improved household food security and nutrition.

Addressing gender in climate-smart smallholder agriculture

This policy brief from the World Agroforestry Centre focuses on the constraints that women face to more equitable participation in smallholder carbon and climate-smart initiatives.

Enhancing women’s leadership to address the challenges of climate change on nutrition security and health

This report, published by the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition, highlights that climate change will exacerbate the under nutrition crisis, but argues that women are often excluded from climate change intervention processes.

Gender Updates

Gender and Food Security
March 2015 : #109
There is more than enough food in the world to feed everyone. Yet estimates indicate that between 2012 and 2014 at least 805 million people experienced extreme, chronic malnourishment – at least 60 per cent being women and girls. Evidence shows a strong correlation between gender inequality and food and nutrition insecurity.