Empowering women and girls is crucial to ensure sustainable food security in the aftermath of COVID-19 say UN food agency heads ahead of International Women's Day

Empowering women and girls is crucial to ensure sustainable food security in the aftermath of COVID-19 say UN food agency heads ahead of International Women's Day

06/03/2021

Hunger and famine will persist and there will be unequal recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic unless more women in rural and urban areas hold leadership positions with increased decision-making power, say the heads of the three United Nations' food agencies ahead of their joint International Women's Day event on 8 March.

The event, co-organised by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), will focus global attention on the vital role that empowered female farmers, entrepreneurs and leaders need to play so that women can contribute on equal terms to the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and in creating an environment to eliminate poverty, enhance productivity, and improve food security and nutrition.