The gender imperative in food security

Women in a maize field. Photo: ICRAF

Women in a maize field. Photo: ICRAF

When it comes to putting food on tables across Africa, women do the majority of the work. But all too often women are left on the sidelines of projects and programs that are meant to improve food security.

This is an enduring paradox, and one that was explored in depth at a side event on gender and food security that was held on the opening day of the Beating Famine, Southern Africa Conference. Gina Castillo of Oxfam America and Karl Deering of CARE organized the session, which was opened by Dr. Margaret Kroma, the Assistant Director General for Partnerships & Impact at the World Agroforestry Centre.

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