The achievement of food and nutrition security in South Asia is deeply gendered

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Abstract

Women form an integral part of the agricultural sector, and in much of South Asia women make up a majority of the agricultural workforce, often compelled to work in order to meet their families’ basic needs. While their contributions are recognised as central to the food and nutrition security of households and communities, their work is not recognized or supported adequately by public policy and social institutions. Women continue to face inequality across key development indicators including health, education, and nutrition; discriminatory laws; and high levels of precarity in terms of income, employment conditions, safety and wellbeing. Social structures that promote gender inequality and inhibit the agency of women contribute to the South Asian enigma – the persistence of undernutrition despite economic growth – and must be addressed to achieve food and nutrition security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-209
Number of pages4
JournalNature Food
Volume1
Issue number4
Early online date6 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

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