insights 82. Innovative approaches to gender and food security.


This issue of insights is the result of a collaborative process involving experts working in policy, research and practice on gender and food security in four global regions. At the centre of the process was a dynamic online discussion, which raised many issues and questions around the gender power dynamics of food production, consumption and governance. Particularly interesting, was the extent to which participants identified transformative development pathways that promote food security and poverty reduction while also enabling shifts in gender power relations. Focusing on six projects in South Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, the articles in this issue illustrate some of these pathways:

  • Transforming gender relations in homestead food production in Bangladesh (Emily Hillenbrand)
  • Challenging cultural values that affect food security in India (Suniti Neogy)
  • Equal access for women to seeds and food security in Syria (Alessandra Galié)
  • Engaging the whole family in food security planning in Zambia (Cathy Rozel Farnworth)
  • Women's groups versus households. Approaches to achieve food security and gender equality (Agnes Quisumbing and Neha Kumar)
  • Food sovereignty and women’s rights in Latin America (Pamela Caro)


Susanne Turrall (Editor). insights 82. Innovative approaches to gender and food security. Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (2012) 8 pp.

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