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This publication is intended for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) staff and other development practitioners. The publication records experiences gained and good practices identified by participants, and summarizes the lessons learned by drawing on the experiences of smallholder female farmers in India. The publication also documents the models that make SEWA of India an exemplary organization in addressing grass-roots issues using a needs-based, capacity-development approach.
This report explores how gender equality can contribute to food security. The report describes the relationship between gender-based discrimination and the different channels through which households and individuals access food. It concludes that while equality of treatment between women and men and food security are mutually supportive, gender equality remains an elusive goal in many regions, and a transformation of traditional gender roles is urgently needed.