Siyanda Update: Gender and Food Security, Issue No. 68, August 2008

Siyanda Update: Gender and Food Security, Issue No. 68, August 2008

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Aug 2008


In This Issue:

I. Quick Guide: Gender and Food Security
II. Country Focus: Malawi
III. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on gender and food security
IV. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

**Tip: you can quickly find multilingual resources in the Siyanda database by typing the language name in the Search box, then clicking on the Go! button. For example, type "Spanish" for Spanish resources**

I. Quick Guide: Gender and Food Security
How can gendered inequalities in food security be eliminated, both in local food production and availability, and in national and global policy processes? The following resources are from a selection which have been summarised and included in the Siyanda database:

- Gender and Food Security: Inequalities in Relation to Hunger (in French), Genre en Action, July 2008
Why have women been so involved in food riots across Africa, what are the underlying causes behind their motivation to protest on the streets, and how should policy-makers respond to what they are saying?

- Website: Gender and Food Security (in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
This website provides gender information on nine key aspects of food security - agriculture, the environment, forestry, fisheries, rural economies, population, nutrition, education and the gender division of labour.

- Women and Food Crises: How US Food Aid Policies Can Better Support their Struggles. A Discussion Paper, ActionAid USA, January 2008
Women are often at the centre of food crises and are disproportionately affected by hunger, yet their important role in providing solutions is often overlooked. This paper calls for comprehensive programmes designed to support women's crucial contributions to agricultural production.

- Biopolitics, Climate Change and Water Security: Impact Vulnerability and Adaptation Issues for Women, Networked Intelligence, January 2007
This article, which examines how climate change will impact on water security, argues that it is critical for women to have the necessary information, tools and resources to plan and take decisions around water security.

- EPAs, An Assault on Africa’s Food Sovereignty: Why a Gender and Women’s Rights Analysis is Important for Africa, ACORD International, January 2007
Women in Sub-Saharan Africa have been most affected by international free trade agreements that reduce tariffs for importing countries, but not usually found in decision and policy making platforms that guide the food sovereignty agenda of their countries.

- Women and Food Security in South Asia, The United Nations University - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), December 2006
This report explores why despite improvements in food security in South Asia over the last few decades, nutritional outcomes, especially those related to women and children, have failed to keep pace.

- Building on Gender, Agrobiodiversity and Local Knowledge - a Training Manual, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO), January 2005
What are the linkages between local knowledge systems, gender roles and relationships, the conservation and management of agrobiodiversity, plant and animal genetic resources, and food security? This training manual aims to promote a holistic understanding of these components.

You can find additional resources on Food Security in Siyanda at:

Social Protection will be the next Quick Guide theme, in September 2008. Users are invited to suggest resources on this topic for possible inclusion in the database:

Please also visit the archive section to view past Quick Guide themes:

II. Country Focus: Malawi

- Assessment of Equity in the Uptake of Anti-retrovirals in Malawi, Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa, April 2008
This study assesses equity in the uptake of antiretroviral therapy in Malawi in 2005 according to age, gender and income levels.

- Metaphors We Love By: Conceptualizations of Sex among Young People in Malawi, African Journal of Reproductive Health, December 2007
How do young people in Malawi conceptualise sexuality and sexual relations, and on what basis do they understand risks involved and make behavioural decisions?

- Gender Assessment for Malawi, Statistics Norway, January 2007
This report highlights gender disparities in Malawi and makes suggestions on how to improve the situation for women. It focuses on six key areas: education, work and employment, agriculture, female-headed households, violence and HIV/AIDS.

- Violence and Abuse against Women with Disabilities in Malawi, SINTEF Health Research, November 2006
This research project studies the nature of abuse and neglect of women with disabilities in Malawi.

- An Introduction to Gender Audit Methodology: its Design and Implementation in DFID Malawi, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), May 2005
This background paper outlines the methodology used during an audit of the UK Department for International Development's (DFID) gender equality and mainstreaming work in Malawi.

You can find resources in Siyanda about Malawi at:

Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland will be the next Country Focus, in September 2008. Users are invited to suggest resources on this country for possible inclusion in the database:

Please also visit the Country Focus archive section:

III. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: A selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on gender and food security.
The Experts' and Consultants' Database contains names, contact details and areas of expertise of people working on gender specific issues worldwide, and includes some of their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have an interest in gender and food security:

- Water Resource Management and Food Production in Kenya, Juma, N., 2007
- Managing Drylands for Improved Livelihoods in Africa, Masanganise, P. et al. 2006
- Rules, Roles and Rights: Gender, Participation and Community Fisheries Management in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Region, Resurreccion, B., 2005
- Gender and Agrobiodiversity in Conservation and Sustainable Use of Agricultural Biodiversity: A Sourcebook, Torkelsson, Å., 2003
- Male Involvement in Household Food Security and Nutritional Care in Oyo State, Nigeria, Oyewole, O., (no date)

For further details on these publications, copy and paste or type the author's last name into either the Name or Search Words field on the Experts' and Consultants' search page:

The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,300 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.

- Enter your details in the database:

- Or edit your existing profile: (using your user name and password)

The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focussed consultancies.

- Search the database:

IV. Contribute section
Share your news, resources, opportunities and perspectives in the following ways:

Post your announcements, information requests, training and funding opportunities:

Submit your publications for inclusion in our database, or suggest other resources:

Post your short pieces of work in the Users' Corner:

(All summaries in the update are written or adapted by BRIDGE Team members. This update was edited by Adrian Bannister)

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