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Gender equality is a prerequisite for a world of zero hunger – for all women, men, girls and boys to be able to exercise their human rights, including the right to adequate food.
This is why the pursuit of gender equality and women’s empowerment (Sustainable Development Goal 5) is central to fulfilling the World Food Programme (WFP)’s mandate. Humanitarian crises almost always aggravate food insecurity and malnutrition. With different impacts on women, men, girls and boys, they also exacerbate gender inequalities and threaten to reverse development gains.
Eliminating inequalities between women and men farmers would increase agricultural production by 2.5 to 4 percent in developing countries, which translates to a 12 to 17 percent reduction in global hunger, or 100 to 150 million fewer hungry people. Such figures help explain the imperative of promoting gender equality, which involves providing food assistance in ways that assign equal value to women and men while respecting their particular needs