Enhancing the Glopan Food Systems Framework by Integrating Gender: Relevance for Women in African Agriculture

Elizabeth Mkandawire, Melody Mentz-Coetzee, Margaret Najjingo Mangheni and Eleonora Barusi
Sustainability (MDPI)
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Peer review

Globally, gender inequalities constrain food security, with women often disproportionately affected. Women play a fundamental role in household food and nutrition security. The multiple roles women play in various areas of the food system are not always recognised. This oversight emerges from an overemphasis on one aspect of the food system, without considering how this area might affect or be affected by another aspect. This study aimed to draw on international commitments and treaties using content analysis to enhance the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Security food systems framework by integrating a gender perspective. The study found that generally, there is a consensus on specific actions that can be taken to advance gender equality at specific stages of the food system. However, governance and social systems constraints that are not necessarily part of the food system, but have a significant bearing on men and women’s capacity to effectively participate in the food system, need to be addressed. While the proposed conceptual framework has some limitations, it offers a foundation on which researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders can begin conceptualising the interconnectedness of gender barriers in the food system.


Glopan framework with Gender Intergration
Glopan framework with Gender Integration Source: Authors
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