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DevTalks: Towards a gender-responsive approach to food and nutrition security in West Africa

 

 
 

 Friday, 13 November 2020, 11.00 – 12.30 CET - Register here


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Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Development, and Laurent Bossard, Director of Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat are pleased to invite you to an online discussion:


Towards a gender-responsive approach to food and nutrition security in West Africa

 

Jacqueline Marthe Sultan, former Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Guinea

Lucie Broechler, Chargée de mission, French Development Agency (AFD)

Kafui Kuwonu, Chief Program Officer, Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF)

Nadjirou Sall, Secretary General, The Network of Peasant Organisations and Agricultural Producers in West Africa (ROPPA)

Moderated by Sibiri Jean Zoundi, Deputy Director of the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat, with a brief presentation from Bathylle Missika, Head of Network, Partnerships and Gender Division, OECD Development Centre

 


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The event will take place in French with interpretation in English.

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Women play a pivotal role in a wide range of activities supporting food and nutrition security. They are the powerhouses of the Sahel and West African food economy. Two-thirds of employed women work across the food system, playing an especially important role in off-farm segments of food value chains. Nevertheless, access to affordable and nutritious foods is beyond the reach of many women and girls. Low income and education levels as well as discriminatory laws, social norms, and practices such as those revealed in the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI), drive food insecurity among women by curbing their ownership over assets such as land, water and energy as well as access to financial services, social capital, information and technology, agricultural inputs and services. Additional factors, such as conflict, and the resulting displacement of populations, as well as the COVID-19 outbreak, have further compounded food insecurity among the most vulnerable, particularly women and children.

At the end of September, the OECD Development Centre and the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat hosted an online discussion on the Wikigender platform in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD), the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the G5 Sahel. The discussion focused on the importance of gender-responsive approaches to food and nutrition insecurity. It highlighted that many responses still tend to operate in silos, narrowly focusing on improving women’s agency or access to information, instead of applying a truly intersectional approach that addresses the structural barriers that hamper their food and nutrition security. Why is this the case? What are the key steps required to develop inclusive policy responses that address these barriers and become truly gender responsive?



 


 

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