|Cultivating Equality in a Changing Climate
|14 October 2015
As food system leaders gather in Iowa for the Borlaug Dialogues and the
World Food Prize, nearly 800 million people around the world continue to
suffer from chronic hunger. More than 161 million children under the age
of five are stunted, and one-third of childhood deaths are associated with
In garnering momentum for new hunger solutions and in celebrating those
that are working gender equity must be addressed at all levels.
In collaboration with CARE International and the CGIAR Research program
on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS), we at Food
Tank are excited to present our new report, "Cultivating
Equality: Delivering Just and Sustainable Food Systems in a Changing Climate."
The research shows how inequality determines diets around the world and
shapes the ability of farmers to adapt to climate change.
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Solutions that only focus on food production are not enough. Smallholder
farmers and especially women deserve a new strategy to support their
agricultural efforts in the face of climate change. To really achieve food
and nutrition security for all in the context of a changing climate, equity
must be addressed across food production, distribution, and consumption.
According to the new report:
- Women make up nearly
50 percent of farmers in developing regions of the world, and are responsible
for almost 90 percent of food preparation in the household. But globally,
only about 15 percent of all landholders are women.
- Women living and farming
in vulnerable communities frequently lack access to resources needed to
be resilient, including land, credit, and information.
- Solutions such agroecology
and "SuPER: Sustainable, Productive & Profitable, Equitable, and Resilient"
agriculture go beyond a focus on food production to incorporate crucial
and often neglected elements that are necessary to alleviate hunger and
poverty while protecting the environment, improving gender equity, and
creating a more just food system.
"The impacts of climate
change are felt most by those least responsible for the problem and with
the least capacity to adapt," says Tonya Rawe, Senior Advisor for Policy
and Research for CARE International. "As governments work to realize
the targets of the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development, they must
ensure that the needs, interests, and rights of women and small-scale food
producers are not forgotten. The first step is to make sure we get a just
climate change agreement from the UN climate talks in Paris this December.
Next week's climate negotiations are a key moment for Parties to make
Women leaders deserve a fair share of resources and recognition for their
solutions in adapting to climate change, and their voices should be heard
at all levels of policy and decision-making.
To realize food and nutrition security for all in the face of climate change,
CARE, CCAFS, and Food Tank make the following recommendations to actors
as diverse as governments, the private sector, donors, and individuals:
- Prioritize women's
empowerment and integrate climate change in all approaches to food and
- Ensure small-scale
food producers and women have a seat at the table when policies and budgets
- Commit to ambitious
action to tackle the climate crisis and keep global temperatures below
1.5 degrees Celsius;
- Commit to scaling up
of finance to address hunger and climate change;
- Respect the rights
of small-scale food producers and women and commit to equitable approaches
in policies and supply chains;
- Know where your food
comes from to make sustainable consumption choices.
Women must be empowered
and recognized as capable partners - valued for their contributions and
knowledge - not because they deliver results, but because they are equal
Many organizations around the world are working to ensure that women's
voices are heard at all levels within the food system. And young women
leaders are changing the face of global food and agriculture by driving
positive change in their own communities. The world we seek - one of climate
justice and food and nutrition security for all - demands a commitment
to address inequality in food systems, among genders, from local to global
What organizations do you know about that are empowering women? Let me
know! Email Danielle@foodtank.com.
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