Women’s nutritional empowerment is a concept introduced as a method to capture underlining structural factors determining poor nutrition and health of women. The determinants of women’s nutritional disempowerment are context specific and require detailed analysis to identify the main barriers to improved nutrition. Both women’s empowerment and nutrition are extremely complex issues, and have multi-sector determinants therefore a multi-sector approach
Currently 3 billion people can’tafford the least-cost healthy diet recommended by national Governments. Actions are needed in social protection and in agricultural investments to improve access to nutritious food; social protection transfers need to increase. The cost of nutritious foods should be reduced by diversification and connection, not by externalising the true cost of food. Some community-level solutions can help
In Building Back Better from COVID-19,we must ensure that we reach the furthest behind first, and take a ‘food systems approach’. Policy responses must also be gender sensitive. One tool identified is the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) which is a practical guide for transforming gender and unequal power relations in value chains.
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