Focus on Women
Focus on Women
Some 60 percent of the world’s chronically hungry people are women and girls. This is because women often have unequal access to resources, education and income, and because they participate less in decision-making.
When hunger and undernutrition affect women, they also affect their children. More than 19 million children are born annually with low birth weight, often the result of their mothers receiving inadequate nutrition before and during pregnancy.
These babies born with low birth weight are 20 times more likely to die in infancy, and those who survive are more likely to remain malnourished throughout childhood. It is also likely they will face health and learning difficulties throughout their lives.
This means that hunger and its consequences are passed from generation to generation.
But women are not merely victims of hunger. They are also the most effective solution to combating and preventing hunger.
In many countries, women form the backbone of the agricultural sector and food systems, making up the bulk of agricultural laborers. They also play a key role in guaranteeing food security for the entire household. Experience shows that in the hands of women, food is far more likely to reach the mouths of needy children.
WFP is committed to using its policies, programs and actions to promote women’s empowerment as a key to improving food security for all.