Unless swift action is taken, the COVID-19 pandemic could push an estimated 265 million people into acute food insecurity in 2020, according to World Food Programme projections. Millions and millions of these people will be women. And according to a new, globally applicable measure developed by the World Food Programme and Gallup, women are likely to be affected differently than men during the crisis.
By combining questions from the FAO’s Food Insecurity Experience Scale with 25 questions across five dimensions of gender inequality, the new Gender Equality for Food Security (GE4FS) measure bridges the gender data gap in food security at an extremely critical time.
The GE4FS data, collected across 17 countries between 2018 and 2019, yield important insights into how the world needs to respond to the particular needs of women, who were already more likely to be food insecure than men before COVID-19 disrupted the world’s food systems.