Within the programme on food and nutrition security, GIZ seeks to promote and strengthen female entrepreneurs in the city of Tanguiéta. <br/>Photo: ©GIZ/Klaus Wohlmann
Within the programme on food and nutrition security, GIZ seeks to promote and strengthen female entrepreneurs in the city of Tanguiéta.
Photo: ©GIZ/Klaus Wohlmann

21.03.2017

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The goals of the 2030 Agenda cannot be realised without bringing gender equality to the centre of development co-operation. Although women play a key role in food and nutrition security, only a small number of them have access to the resources needed in this area. With the programme “Food and Nutrition Security, Enhanced Resilience”, “Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ) seeks to tackle this problem in a gender-sensitive way.

The rights of women and girls play an important role in rural development, agriculture, food security and nutrition. Women are particularly affected by poverty and malnutrition (about 60 per cent of the world's under-nourished are women). Although women are primarily responsible for nutrition and health in the family, most of them do not have the necessary resources themselves. Only five per cent of women in rural areas receive agricultural extension services, and only about ten per cent of the total amount of aid for forestry, agriculture and fisheries goes to women. This shows the need for a gender-sensitive approach in food and nutrition security measures.
 
Therefore, food and nutrition security measures need to consider not only the general nutrition situation but also the specific gender aspects of each country. This requires a major change in political will as well as targeted action and resources. The decisive factor for the success of a promising activity is that not only the general nutrition situation is recorded but that also, the specific gender aspects in the given context are fully taken into account.

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