Food insecurities faced by women and girl children

Type Paper, Occasional Paper
Authorship Mukherjee, Amitava
Language English
Series CAPSA Occasional Paper No. 2
Year of Publication 2010
Place of Publication
Classification Num. 338.439.6 Muk f
Physical Description 19 p.
Document Open


In most countries in South Asia there is a persistent gender inequality within households and outside their households. The situation is bleakest for rural women in South Asia. They are often the main food producers - contributing about 65 per cent of total food production and even more. Yet, rural women find it more difficult to get access to a range of resources such as credit, land, agricultural inputs and extension services and employment, both within the community and the household, having obvious bearing on their food security. Women in South Asia face the seven inequalities, having serious implications for their own food security and food security of households, especially children that depend on women for their food security. Flowing from the seven inequalities faced by women in South Asia, women and girl children face eight kinds of food securities. This paper explores more on these eight food insecurities and the strategy to deal with it.