Improvements in Food Security are critical for women’s attainment of economic, social and health improvements. Women are often responsible for ensuring that their families are fed, yet they themselves may go without adequate nutrition. Women in developing economies, particularly in indigenous communities, are the custodians of local plant knowledge, traditional methods and practices of crop and soil management. Supporting women in their role as food-producers is critical for long-term food security, improved nutrition and effective, sustainable resource stewardship.
The Food Security method will enable project developers to evaluate how the project has decreased the quantity and quality of food insecurity within households within the project scope or boundary. This can be measured through documentation of increased soil fertility and yields, diversity of crops and vegetables, and other improvements in farming systems. Another approach is to measure and document improvements in tools or access to tools, food storage facilities, irrigation systems and post-harvest practices that result in improved crop yields and decreased post-harvest losses, leading to more availability of nutritious foods for women and their families.
In developing economies, women produce from half to far more than half of all food production, yet they receive a small fraction of aid resources directed toward agricultural development. Investments in the Food Security method and associated projects, to ensure that women have access to tools, resources, knowledge, facilities, and access to markets for their production, can have multiple positive benefits in women’s economic empowerment, nutrition and health, and resource stewardship.
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