Tuesday, 16 June
10:00am - 12:00pm EDT / 16:00 - 18:00 CEST
FAO North America and CARE invite you to an interactive dialogue on the key role of women in food systems, and the urgent need to further promote women’s empowerment for improved food security and nutrition. Rising food and nutrition insecurity in the face of COVID-19 will be a defining challenge of the 21st century. Women are a key - and yet often invisible - part of our food systems. Women account for 43% of farmers in developing countries. More than 60% of employed women in sub-Saharan Africa are working in agriculture - for half the wages men make. Women are leaders, innovators, farmers, caretakers, and business owners who are key agents of change to transform our food systems.
Food System Dialogues provide an inclusive platform for discussions to identify joint priorities and actions to transform food systems for sustainable development. Food systems should be sustainable, and produce diets that are affordable, safe and nourish people. The outcomes of the Dialogue will be featured in a report on the Food Systems Dialogues website, and will contribute to related initiatives at the global level, such as the work of the Committee on World Food Security and the UN Food Systems Summit.
Discussions at this Food Systems Dialogue will range from access to decent work and markets, women’s leadership and control over productive resources, gender-based violence, women’s role in nutrition, indigenous women, and enabling policies and institutional environments, among others.
Please note that this is an invitation-only event. Registration will be closed on Sunday June 14th at 6pm EDT, or when capacity is reached. To request an invitation for somebody else, please fill out this form before June 11th: https://forms.gle/H5P8tJquXFtU62en6
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 09:30 am to 10:45 am (EDT)
COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented global response through expanded social safety nets, as countries struggle to mitigate the health and economic risks related to the virus and accompanying lockdowns. Gains made in the fight against poverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition in the last decade are threatened, requiring a vigorous policy response. Social safety nets hold promise to minimize further harm, particularly among vulnerable populations. But the expansion of safety nets during the pandemic faces significant challenges. This seminar presents evidence on how social safety nets have been used to respond to COVID-19, how well this response has addressed food security and nutrition, and opportunities and challenges going forward. Speakers will provide a global overview, and profile the experience and research evidence from Bangladesh and Ethiopia. These two countries have welcomed IFPRI and partners to carry out research aimed at improving the effectiveness of their extensive social safety net systems.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a health and human crisis threatening the food security and nutrition of millions of people around the world. Hundreds of millions of people were already suffering from hunger and malnutrition before the virus hit and, unless immediate action is taken, we could see a global food emergency. In the longer term, the combined effects of COVID-19 itself, as well as corresponding mitigation measures and the emerging global recession could, without large-scale coordinated action, disrupt the functioning of food systems. Such disruption can result in consequences for health and nutrition of a severity and scale unseen for more than half a century.
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