To antagonize food insecurity through the advancement of gender equality

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Lunds universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Sammanfattning: While violent conflicts are perceived to be the primary driver of food insecurity globally, the degree to which people are affected by both violent conflicts and food crises vary greatly, mainly depending on gender, age and socio-economical position. With this as a background, the aim of this thesis is to investigate how FAO and the WFP address gender dimensions of food insecurity in their humanitarian response on the food crisis related to the ongoing conflict in northeastern Nigeria. This is done through the objective of whether the organizations apply gender mainstreaming – a strategy recognized as desirable for all humanitarian operations conducted by the UN in the United Nations Economic and Social Council Agreed Conclusions 1997/2. The material consists of reports as well as strategic policy documents from both FAO and the WFP, which are analyzed through the methodology of a qualitative content analysis. Based on the analysis, it is possible to draw the conclusion that FAO and the WFP applies gender mainstreaming as a strategic tool. Furthermore, the analysis shows that both FAO and the WFP address gender dimensions of food insecurity through the empowerment of women and incentives attempting to promote gender equality in the long term.

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