Joint Programme on Gender Transformative Approaches
for Food Security and Nutrition

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About the Joint Programme

The Joint Programme on Gender Transformative Approaches for Food Security, Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture (JP GTA) was launched in response to a call at the joint EU-RBA 2016 High-level Event Step It Up Together with Rural Women to End Hunger and Poverty to promote transformative approaches to tackle the underlying social and behavioural causes of gender inequalities. 

By shifting the political, institutional and socio-cultural status quo towards gender equality and women’s empowerment, the JP GTA seeks to contribute to ending poverty and hunger, in line with the ambitious vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The JP GTA focuses on increasing the effectiveness of the three United Nations Rome-based Agencies – FAO, IFAD and WFP – and of their partners to contribute to the achievement of food security, improved nutrition and sustainable agriculture by tackling the root causes of gender discrimination and triggering transformative change processes that lead to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

It aims to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) by supporting the RBAs and their partners to embed gender transformative approaches in their policy dialogues, programmes, working modalities and institutional culture, and enhancing their collaboration on zero hunger and gender equality.

The JP GTA is implemented by FAO, IFAD and WFP in collaboration with and through financial support from the European Union. It is inspired by and contributes to the implementation of the EU Gender Equality Strategy and its gender action plans, in particular the EU Gender Action Plan III.

Expected results
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GTAs and the European Union

Gender transformative approaches are one of the three principles identified by the European Union in its Gender Action Plan for 2021-2025 to tackle the root causes of gender inequality and make EU engagement for gender equality more effective.

For the European Union, this means “…examining, questioning, and changing rigid gender norms and imbalances of power which disadvantage women and girls and generate discriminations at all ages, starting from early childhood, in societies” (EU Gender Action Plan III).