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Consultation open: Development of CFS guidelines on gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment in food security and nutrition

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN Secretariat, SUN UN Network

Until 23 November 2021, suggestions and comments are welcome in the development of Committee on Food Security (CFS) Voluntary Guidelines on gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment in the context of food security and nutrition.


Advancing gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment is critical to achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the vision of the Committee of World Food Security (CFS) of ending hunger and ensuring food security and nutrition for all. To guide progress on gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment, CFS at its 46th Session in October 2019 decided to develop Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition.

The Guidelines are intended to support governments, development partners and other stakeholders to advance gender equality, women’s and girls’ rights and empowerment, as part of their efforts to eradicate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, through appropriate policies, investments and institutional arrangements. They aim to foster greater policy coherence between gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment, and food security and nutrition agendas, and promote mutually reinforcing policy measures.

Following the endorsement of the Terms of Reference for the Guidelines by the Committee in February 2021, a Zero Draft of the Guidelines has been prepared as a basis for a consultative process, which includes six regional consultations (Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia, Near East, Africa, Asia and Pacific and North America) and this electronic consultation.


The CFS now invites all actors involved in addressing food insecurity and malnutrition1  to provide feedback on the Zero Draft of the Guidelines, which is made up of four parts:

  • The first part provides the background and rationale of the Guidelines, their objectives and information on their nature as well as their intended users.
  • The second part presents the core principles that underpin the Guidelines, taking into account the CFS Vision of ending hunger and ensuring food security and nutrition for all, and for the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security.
  • The third part is organized into nine sections/themes. Each section presents a problem statement, a narrative and related policy areas for discussion. This part is intended to frame the discussions in the consultations and inform the preparation of the upcoming versions of the document. It presents initial ideas regarding the issues and topics to be considered and discussed by CFS stakeholders.
  • The fourth part includes provisions regarding the implementation of the future Guidelines and the monitoring of their use and application.


For inspiration, summaries of the latest contributions received can be found here.  Participants are discussing a wide range of issues that deserve particular attention in the Guidelines, such as women’s access to finance, harmful social norms, coordination between agriculture and social protection policies, and women’s traditional and ecological knowledge. Contributions also include suggestions on strengthening the coherence and core principles of the Guidelines, and on how the section about the implementation and monitoring of the use of the Guidelines could be improved.

All contributions received can be found on the consultation page. The website also introduces the consultation and discussion questions therein – available in EnglishEspañolFrançaisРусский中文 or  العربية. The Call for sharing experiences and good practices in the use and application of the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI), facilitated by the CFS Secretariat, is available in EnglishEspañolFrançaisРусский中文 and العربية.

Please contact for any questions.


All SUN Movement actors need to reorient their work, to translate their gender equality and empowerment commitments into action and results at the country level. Why? Because our goal is a world free from malnutrition and transforming gender inequalities and power structures is critical to achieving this goal!

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1 This includes: governments; intergovernmental and regional organizations, including UN agencies and bodies; civil society, private sector; research institutions and academia; development agencies, including international financial institutions and philanthropic foundations

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