Agriculture is the foundation for nutrition and health and an important means to food security. At the same time, it plays a crucial role in climate and environmental protection. As a result, our nutritional habits and the way we produce food also have an impact on our climate. Non-sustainable land use leads to significant environmental problems, such as soil erosion and acidification. At the same time, climate change directly affects agricultural production and rural areas, for example through the loss of arable land and changes in cultivation periods. The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Soils to underline the relevance of soils and the importance of protecting them.
Brot für die Welt (2015): Equal rights – the best recipe against malnutrition. A healthy diet for everybody is a human right
The study shows the complex interlinkages of root causes and their effects on malnutrition specifically in women and girls who constitute the largest group of people affected by malnutrition. This calls for strategies, which take into account the results of thorough analysis of the root causes and effects specifically of malnutrition in women and girls from household level to the international level. The right to food of women and girls needs to be strengthened and made visible in international human rights treaties as well as national laws. Gender mainstreaming including gender disaggregated data collection and analysis is essential for effective strategic, programme and project planning. The important concepts of food security in all its dimensions and food sovereignty need to be complemented by the gender perspective. The study shows the shortcomings of present strategies and the need for essential strategic changes in the fight against malnutrition.
BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Food Security
The newly released BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Food Security makes the case for a new, gender-aware understanding of food security, arguing that partial, apolitical and gender-blind diagnoses of the problem of food and nutrition insecurity is leading to insufficient policy responses and the failure to realize the right to food for all people.
The Pack includes:
An Overview Report, outlining the main issues, showcasing effective and promising existing strategies, and suggesting rights-based, gender-just and environmentally sustainable approaches.
- Chair for Gender and Food/Nutrition
The Chair for Gender and Food/Nutrition in the Institute for Social Sciences in Agriculture at the Universität Hohenheim was founded in 2002. It engages theoretical and practical approaches to nutrition security and sustainable food systems in the local, regional and international arena.
- Gender Action: Gender, International Financial Institutions (IFI) and Food Security
In April 2011 Gender Action launched a project on gender and food insecurity that aims at highlighting how IFI investments in agriculture, nutrition and rural development often exacerbate food insecurity in developing countries, and how women and girls disproportionately suffer harmful impacts.
Three case studies from Haiti, Kenya and Zambia show how IFI investments lead to growing food insecurity in developing countries, increase gender inequality and contribute to the growing impoverishment of women and girls.
More information on the project.
- World Agroforestry Centre 2013: Addressing Gender in Climate-Smart Smallholder Agriculture
This four-page policy brief focuses on the constraints that women face to more equitable participation in smallholder carbon and climate-smart initiatives.
- Landesa 2012: Land Rights and Food Security: the linkages Between Secure Land Rights, Women and Improved Household Security and Nutrition
This short five page brief concisely sets out the key issues linking secure land rights, women and improved household food security and nutrition.
- Kiptot, E. und Franzel, S. 2011: Gender and Agroforestry in Africa: are Women Participating? This paper presents the findings of a review undertaken on gender and the adoption of agroforestry in Africa.