Q&A: How a gender focus could spark of dietary change in Africa
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Women — who make up nearly half the agricultural workforce in low- and middle-income countries — can face a greater impact from hunger during crises. This can be due to difficulties in attaining land rights, access to credit, and agricultural inputs, alongside exclusion from decision making. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the world saw a 10% higher prevalence of food insecurity among women than men.
“Women are very much involved in care practices at the household level, and yet are less likely to have control and access to income and resources, opportunities for education and training, and fewer roles in leadership,” said Angela Kangori, deputy team leader at Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture, or IGNITE.