Mainstreaming Gender in Large-Scale Food Fortification Programs
According to GAIN, 50% of women of reproductive age in India are anemic because of malnutrition. Gender relations in society and the food supply chain drive nutrition outcomes, especially for the most vulnerable groups. LSFF provides essential micronutrients at the population level using a market-based or public social safety net approach. Gender mainstreaming in these interventions helps address undernutrition and improve the gender sensitivity of the entire food system.
EngenderHealth and GAIN are partnering to create an overarching strategy for comprehensive gender integration into LSFF programs in India. To start, EngenderHealth is conducting a comprehensive gender analysis and risk assessment of LSFF interventions with stakeholders including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MicroSave Consulting, Nutrition International, PATH, and the World Food Programme. EngenderHealth will use the results to work with GAIN and other LSFF partners to integrate a gender lens into work plans, project indicators, and the results framework. In addition, EngenderHealth will engage will key stakeholders on the importance of gender integration into LSFF programs in India and build the capacity of LSFF supply chain actors to integrate gender into their interventions.
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