Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment, and Food Systems: A framework and review of  evidence to inform the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) 

Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in food systems can result in greater food security and better nutrition, and in more just, resilient, and sustainable food systems for all. This session aims to present and discuss a framework for gender and food systems analysis and a review of evidence of the pathways to gender equitable food systems transformation, recently published in a UNFSS brief ( The paper adapts the food systems framework to conduct a scoping review of the evidence and identify areas where evidence is strong, and where gaps remain. A discussant will comment on the key recommendations for further research emerging from the paper, and then a panel of practitioners will have a moderated discussion around the implications of these findings and recommendations from their perspective. The session will conclude with an open Q&A with the audience.


Jemimah Njuki and Hazel Malapit, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Esther Njuguna-Mungai, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)


Jemimah Njuki, IFPRI
Presentation of the framework and the review of evidence


Afsana Kaosar, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Panel discussion:

  • Susan Kaaria, FAO (Gender Lead UNFSS Action Track 2)
  • Karl Deering, CARE
  • Reema Nanavaty, SEWA (Gender Lead UNFSS Action Track 4)
  • Corinna Hawkes, University of London (Nutritious Foods Working Group Lead for UNFSS Action Track 4)