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“Gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to achieving the CFS vision to achieve food security for all, by raising levels of nutrition, improving agricultural productivity and natural resource management, and improving the lives of people in rural areas with full and equitable participation in decision-making. Without gender equality and rural women’s economic, social and political empowerment, food security will not be achieved.”

CFS Forum on Women’s Empowerment in the context of Food Security and Nutrition, Rome, 2017

The purpose of this Scoping Paper, among other things, is to contribute to a preliminary discussion on the development of Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the context of Food Security and Nutrition. Development of such Guidelines is anticipated under the Committee on World Food Security’s (CFS) 2020-23 Multi-Year Programme of Work. This paper presents a conceptual summary of the subject and a framework through which challenges can be identified. Evidence of the main links between gender equality, women’s empowerment, and food security and nutrition is then presented. The Paper categorizes constraints to progress and scopes main elements of an enabling environment to propel change. The Paper then outlines potential policy directions and provides recommendations for consideration by CFS stakeholders in the development of Voluntary Guidelines.

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