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Gender in Food and Nutrition Security

This course provides guidance on how to design and implement agriculture policies and programmes that are gender-responsive, sustainable, contributing to gender equality, and therefore able to improve food and nutrition security. Learners can select the lessons of their interest, for a total of about 14 hours of self-paced learning.


Audience groups include, but are not limited to:

  • Policy makers and decision-makers.
  • Senior managers, and programme and project designers responsible for designing food and nutrition security and agriculture programmes.
  • Programme implementers (including technical advisors) responsible for implementing food and nutrition security and agriculture programmes.
  • Statistics officers and Monitoring & Evaluation officers.


The total curriculum consists of 14 lessons, ranging from approximately 10 to 80 minutes duration, grouped into 3 units:

Unit 1 Overview of gender concepts and principles

  • Lesson 1.1 Closing the gender gap
  • Lesson 1.2 Gender roles, gender discrimination and gender equality
  • Lesson 1.3 Gender dimensions of food and nutrition security (FNS)

Unit 2 Gender in Food and nutrition security policy and legislation

  • Lesson 2.1 International commitments on gender equality
  • Lesson 2.2 Gender statistics for informing policy and legislation
  • Lesson 2.3 Producing gender statistics
  • Lesson 2.4 Formulating gender-responsive food and nutrition security (FNS) policies
  • Lesson 2.5 Translating national food and nutrition security (FNS) policies into a gender-responsive plan of action.
  • Lesson 2.6 Gender advocacy for food and nutrition security (FNS)

Unit 3 Gender in food and nutrition security programming

  • Lesson 3.1 Conducting a gender analysis for programme design
  • Lesson 3.2 Designing gender-responsive Food and Nutrition Security projects and programmes
  • Lesson 3.3 Gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation for Food and Nutrition Security
  • Lesson 3.4 Gender and programme implementation
  • Lesson 3.5 Addressing gender in organizations working on food and nutrition security

FAO. Partners: EU & Gender and Water Alliance (GWA)