Women and Hunger

In nearly two-thirds of countries around the world, women are more likely than men to suffer from hunger and malnourishment. Read their stories and see what WFP is doing to help them achieve equality.

UN Food Agencies Step Up Joint Efforts to Tackle Rural Gender Inequalities

The impacts of conflicts, natural disasters and crop failures are not ‘gender neutral’. Gender considerations are critical to humanitarian action as crises impact the lives of women and men, girls and boys in different ways.

Kitchens in Crisis: How Mothers Prepare Meals in Times of Extreme Conflict

Imagine cooking a meal without running water, electricity or even a countertop. Most of us wouldn’t know where to begin. And yet, millions of women around the world do it every day. See 10 of their kitchens.

Women Are Hungrier: School Meals

Giving women and girls access to education is one of the most powerful things we can do to solve hunger. Women and girls reinvest 90 percent of their income back into their families, compared to the average 30-40 percent.

Women Are Hungrier: Nutrition and Babies – first 1,000 days

Hunger claims the lives of more than 3 million children each year. 45 percent of deaths among children under age 5 are caused by malnutrition. Nutrition during the first 1,000 days determines the course of a child's life, and in time, shapes the fate of our planet.

Women Are Hungrier: Small-Scale Female Farmers

More than half of the world’s hungry people are farmers in rural areas who tend fields of five acres or less. Giving female farmers equal access to resources could reduce the number of people living in hunger and poverty by 100-150 million.

Women Are Hungrier: Reducing Food Waste

Africa’s small-scale farmers lose up to 40% of all the food they harvest. Today, 320,000 farmers across Africa, over half of which are women, participate in WFP’s Zero Food Loss Initiative.

Women Leading the Way: Q&A with CARE CEO Michelle Nunn

We sat down with Michelle Nunn, to discuss why she believes that empowering women is the key to ending hunger and poverty.

How ‘Rural Revitalization’ Could End Hunger

We need “a systemwide transformation” in the way we live, work, govern and grow our food. It's no small task.

Flying Towards Gender Equality

In Afghanistan, the UN Humanitarian Air Service is launching a new initiative to get more female Afghan humanitarians into the skies and the field.

Women Are Hungrier. For Food. For Change. For Equality. Meet 11 of Them.

Despite enormous obstacles, women are growing crops, delivering medical care, becoming teachers and providing for their families. These are their stories.

To End Hunger, Empower Women

"The gender disparity of hunger is unacceptable." WFP USA's CEO Rick Leach explains how empowering women is the solution to ending hunger worldwide.