Does Gender Inclusion Really Matter in Sustainable Food Systems?


Edewor, Sarah Edore, and Agatha Osivweneta Ogbe. 2020. "Does Gender Inclusion Really Matter in Sustainable Food Systems?" In Development Sustainable Food Systems, Policies, and Securities, edited by Elijah Obayelu and Oluwakemi Adeola Obayelu, 181-95. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Authors: Sarah Edore Edewor, Agatha Osivweneta Ogbe


Over the past decades, the food systems in developing countries have transformed rapidly. However, the rise in social inequalities has negatively affected, the vulnerable groups as the benefits associated with these transformations are still skewed. This chapter examined the role of gender inclusiveness in promoting sustainable food systems. Employment trends revealed that agricultural employment was higher among males. Five asymmetries (assets, access to agricultural market, access to technology, resilience and risks, and decision making) were identified as limitations to sustainable food systems stemming from the gender differentiated roles. The gender action learning system methodology was adopted using strategies such as empowering men and women through community action learning during catalyst workshops, gender mainstreaming for innovation and institutional change at organizational level, and through advocacy network for policy improvement at the national level. The study concluded that gender inclusion played a crucial role in achieving sustainable food systems. (Summary from original source)

Topics: Agriculture, Gender, Gender Roles, Gender Mainstreaming, Security, Food Security

Year: 2020

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