14 Feb


The path to gender equality in the context of food security: transforming policy to action

2023 was an important year in the work to strengthen gender equality and women’s and girl’s empowerment in the context of food security and nutrition.

FAO published a landmark report, The Status of Women in Agrifood Systems, providing the latest data, lessons learned and recommendations about how to do more, and better.

The Committee on world food security adopted the Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girl’s Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition, for the first time bringing a full policy product on gender equality under the umbrella of foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all.

At the same time, the work on gender equality is experiencing some strong pushback and, as the FAO report shows, very little progress has been made in the past decade on important topics like women’s access to assets, resources and services necessary for agrifood systems.

How can this negative trend be reversed? What can we do to address the structural barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and how can tools such as the voluntary guidelines be helpful?

This seminar will not only provide facts and figures but also take you behind the scenes of the negotiations and highlight the challenges and present the solutions that finally managed to get the world community to agree.

The Swedish Ministry for Rural Affairs, FAO, Sida, and SIANI are hosting a seminar to discuss some of the most crucial topics that need our attention.

It’s an excellent opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and contribute to the discussion on important issues.


Time: 2024-02-14 13:30 - 15:00
City: Online
Organiser: FAO, the Government Offices of Sweden, Sida, SIANI,
Additional info:

Register here.



Opening remarks

Dan Ericsson, State Secretary to the Minister for Rural Affairs, Sweden.

Status of women in in agri-food systems

Dr Lauren Phillips, Deputy Director, Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equality, FAO.

CFS Voluntary Guidelines on gender

Tanja Gren (video), Permanent Representative of Finland to FAO, WFP, and IFAD and Rebecka Ramstedt, Policy Officer, Permanent Representation of Sweden to FAO, WFP and IFAD.

Promoting gender transformative approaches for food security and nutrition in Ecuador

Geovanny Enriquez, JP GTA National Program Coordinator, FAO.

Sida on their work on gender equality

Sofia Orrebrink, Lead Policy Specialist for Gender Equality, Sida.

Discussion – Transforming policy into action for food security and gender equality

Dr Lauren Phillips, Rebecka Ramstedt, and Sofia Orrebrink.

Closing remarks

Ambassador H.E. Ms Nosipho Nausca-Jean Jezile, Chair of the Committee of World Food Security, CFS.

The session will be moderated by

Dr. Johanna Bergman Lodin, Division of Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU.

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