Gender transformative approaches for food security and nutrition

Women and men holding some sweetpotato products produced by their association
Men and women work together  on the value addition of sweetpotato

New, gender transformative approaches are needed to uncover the root causes of persisting gender inequalities. Only then can we change the unequal power dynamics, discriminatory social structures and the gender-blind legislative and policy frameworks that hinder gender equality, rural women’s empowerment and food security.

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The Joint Programme on Gender Transformative Approaches for Food Security and Nutrition (JP GTA) is implemented by the United Nations Rome-based Agencies -FAO, IFAD and WFP – with financial support from the European Union. It was officially launched in May 2019, with 2020 marking the first full year of its implementation.

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Hajnalka Petrics - JP GTA Programme Coordinator

Join Hajnalka Petrics, JP GTA’s Global Coordinator as she  shares the JP GTA’s objectives, insights from the Programme’s first year of implementation as well as what is planned to embed these approaches in supporting policies, policy dialogues, programmes, internal institutional culture or working modalities. 

Worldwide, development organizations are seeking ways to achieve profound and sustainable development objectives by tackling the root causes of gender inequality. The JP GTA underscores that conventional gender-sensitive methodologies often fail to create lasting change for gender equality and women and men’s lives. New, gender transformative approaches are needed to uncover the root causes of persisting gender inequalities. Only then can we change the unequal power dynamics, discriminatory social structures and the gender-blind legislative and policy frameworks that hinder gender equality, rural women’s empowerment and food security. The JP GTA is to contribute to the achievement of SDG2 by addressing the root causes of gender inequalities. To achieve this objective the JP GTA is supporting FAO, IFAD and WFP and their partners to embed gender transformative approaches in their policy dialogues, programmes, working modalities and institutional culture and enhancing inter-agency collaboration on zero hunger and gender equality.

 

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