South Asia dialogue: Women’s empowerment and the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit

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The upcoming UN Food Systems Summit in September will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IFPRI has taken the lead on the summit’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Lever of Change to ensure that gender gets an appropriate focus by the event’s Technical Working Groups and in its ultimate outcomes. Reema Nanavaty, Director of Rural and Economic Development at the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India, is participating as a gender expert in the summit’s Action Track 4, “Advance Equitable Livelihoods.”

To discuss these issues, IFPRI, SEWA and the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) co-hosted a South Asia regional dialogue on Women, Work and Food Systems on March 4. The virtual event brought together more than 100 participants, including economists, academics, scientists, farmers and farmer organizations, policy makers, consumers, and private sector representatives from India, Singapore, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and other countries.

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