Gender and Food Security

Food security contains a strong gender dimension. On the one hand, women are the most affected by poverty and inequalites related to agricultural production, rural economy and food security. Therefore, the more important their role becomes in the future poverty reduction. As a result of social, structural and legal discrimination, women have no or limited access to ownership and user-rights to land as well as to production instruments and measures, education and training and financial services related to agricultural production and business.

On the other hand, women literally ‘feed the world’. Despite often limited access to either local or global markets they constitute the majority of food producers in the world and usually manage their families’ nutritional needs. Mainly represented in the informal sector and small family businesses in rural economy, women earn the least by carrying out the most time-consuming and the most of the work. They achieve this despite entrenched gendered inequalities and increasing volatility of food prices. Yet their own food security and nutrition needs – and often those of their daughters – are being neglected at the household level, where discriminatory social and cultural norms prevail.

Therefore, women’s contribution to food security and economic growth has hardly been tapped. SDC aims at supporting specifically women to gain access to land, natural resources, to education and (vocational) training, to the market and the necessary services while strengthening women’s participation, decision-making powers and ownership in creating market related conditions at the local level


 Thematic Guidance Sheet: Gender & Food Security

BRIDGE (2014): Gender and Food Security. Overview Report

Gender and Land Governance


Resources and publications on gender in natural resources, food security, climate change and biodiversity you can find here.