Food and Gender: Online Discussion blog channel

Hasina Begum, a woman farmer, in Bangladesh. Image: Oxfam

Almost everywhere and across all age-groups, female nutrition indicators are worse than those of their male counterparts. Gender differences in access to food obviously reflect socio-cultural reali-ties, but are often reinforced by public policies that are either gender-blind or downright discrimina-tory.

By Jayati Ghosh, feminist, economist and professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University

Jean Phombeya and her seeds in Malawi. Image: Oxfam
Blog channel: GROW

Governments and development agencies need to shift the onus of feeding the world away from time-strapped impoverished women, and instead support their organizing and cultivate their traditional knowledge. We also need to rethink women’s unpaid care work and lack of time as fundamental issues of food security.

By Joanna Kerr, CEO of ActionAid International

Women collecting water in Uganda. Image: Oxfam
Blog channel: GROW

The women’s movement hasn’t been proactive about defining its own platform for action on food justice, and we are noticeably absent from spaces where decisions are made. We need to break out of our silos, strengthen our technical expertise, and start shaping the political process rather than stand on the sidelines.

by Alexandra Spieldoch, women's rights activist, formerly with WOCAN

Learning at Apna Kendra bridge school for working children in India. Image: Oxfam
Blog channel: GROW

Seeds are the first link in the food chain. Yet women seed breeders are invisible in the industrial model of food production and in intellectual property regimes. The roots of food and gender justice lie in keeping seeds in women’s hands and recognizing women’s knowledge of biodiversity.

by Vandana Shiva, philosopher, feminist and environmental activist

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