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This report contains the analysis and recommendations of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), as approved by its Steering Committee, and addressed to the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
The International Land Coalition (ILC)’s Commercial Pressures on Land initiative aims to support the efforts of ILC members and other stakeholders to influence global, regional, and national processes to enable secure and equitable access to land for poor women and men in the face of increasing commercial demand. Its global research contains a careful and focused analysis of the gendered impacts of commercial pressures on land (CPL), and especially the impacts on women
The study, run entirely by grassroots organizations themselves, focused on gaining insights into food insecurity's impact on women and their communities; the various perceived causal factors of food insecurity; grassroots women's diverse coping strategies; and their recommendations for supportive actions by stakeholders and policymakers.
World leaders have been at the UN in New York this week to assess, and hopefully breathe new life into, efforts to achieve the so-called Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Most of the goals are in danger of being missed. Is there a way to jumpstart efforts to make the deadline by 2015?Gender may hold part of the answer. The third goal explicitly aims to "promote gender equality and empower women" (MDG3), but research by the OECD Development Centre suggests that gender issues have a direct and profound impact on several other MDG targets. Tackling gender would help reach other goals too.
This edition of The State of Food Insecurity in the World focuses on people living in a group of countries in which the incidence of hunger is particularly high and persistent, and which face particular challenges in meeting the MDG targets – namely countries in protracted crisis. These countries are characterized by long-lasting or recurring crises, both natural and human-induced, and limited capacity to respond. In the 22 countries identified by this report as being in protracted crisis (or containing areas in protracted crisis), the most recent data show that more than 166 million people...
Globalisation impacts on local land markets and land-use; land transaction costs affect food prices; and the combined effect is particularly damaging to women who produce food and who put food on the table for their families. This paper examines three issues: what is attracting investors and market speculators into the farm and land sectors? What is at stake for small farmers - and especially women farmers - and long-term impacts for food production and food security? And what action is needed to enable women to secure access to natural resource and land assets for current and future...
CAPSA is the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Secondary Crops Development in Asia and the Pacific, of the Unitade Nations. Millions are food insecure in South Asia. Why? Because achieving ‘food security’ means not just ensuring that sufficient food is available in the system, but also that everyone has economic, social, cultural and physical access to it – and failures of access to food, particularly for the most marginal sub-groups of population, are largely hidden from the public view --- and that food has adequate nutritive value. Achieving ‘food security’ also means people have...
Improving the livelihoods and well-being of the rural poor is an important aim of agricultural development, promoted through agricultural intensification and commercialization strategies. But improved agricultural productivity does not necessarily translate into improved health and nutrition, either for producers or consumers. How can standard agricultural development strategies—promoting agricultural intensification, greater linkages to markets, and high-value production—also create positive impacts on health and nutrition? This brief argues that a key element linking these programs to...
The most nutritionally vulnerable populations, particularly women and children, should benefit from efforts to improve agriculture. Yet their nutritional needs often have low priority for agricultural projects focused on increasing crop production and incomes. Closer attention to the nutrition needs of women and children could make a significant contribution to reducing malnutrition and building healthy futures. We have developed the following resources to help agriculture project designers effectively integrate the nutrition concerns of vulnerable groups into their activities.
The reinvestment in agriculture, triggered by the 2008 food price crisis, is essential to the concrete realization of the right to food. However, in a context of ecological, food and energy crises, the most pressing issue regarding reinvestment is not how much, but how. This report explores how States can and must achieve a reorientation of their agricultural systems towards modes of production that are highly productive, highly sustainable and that contribute to the progressive realization of the human right to adequate food.