Gender, The Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

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This publication is the first Asia-Pacific report that comprehensively maps out the intersections between gender and environment at the levels of household, work, community and policy. It examines gender concerns in the spheres of food security, agriculture, energy, water, fisheries and forestry, and identifies strategic entry points for policy interventions. Based on a grounded study of the reality in the Asia-Pacific region, this report puts together good practices and policy lessons that could be capitalized by policymakers to advance the agenda of sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.



Gender inequality, food security and sustainable agriculture

Women have a pivotal role in all dimensions of food security. These dimensions—the availability, accessibility and utilization of food—intersect and interact with the responsibilities, opportunities and constraints that women face in their households, at work, within their communities and in their influence on decisionmaking. Women, especially poor women, are burdened with responsibilities that stem from their biological and reproductive capacities, such as expectations they will take care of and provide nourishment to household members and contribute to household income.


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