FAO and WFP call for promotion of gender equality to build sustainable and healthy food systems
3 abril 2020

Sustainability

Gender equality. On International Women’s Day, March 6, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) jointly stressed the importance of the role of women in achieving sustainable food systems and good eating habits. Both organizations called on countries to make a greater commitment to promoting gender equality. It is expected that in the coming months national states will promote executive measures and bills on gender in line with this.

“Ensuring sustainable food systems will only be possible if women’s rights are recognized and respected,” said FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu. In this regard, he said the organization will continue to work to strengthen gender equality, as part of efforts to eradicate hunger and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal on nutrition.

WFP Deputy Executive Director Manoj Juneja said that Zero Hunger will not be achieved by giving food to people only. WFP’s initiatives seek to empower women to become economically self-sufficient. In this way, according to Jumeja, they will have the same decision-making power as men in solving problems that affect their communities, such as in relation to unhealthy diets and food waste. 

Next Steps

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have stressed the key role women play in achieving sustainable food systems and better eating habits. They have called on member states to make a greater commitment to achieving gender equality, who are expected to push for policies in this regard in the coming months.

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