Gender Inequality and Food Security Policy Responses

Mary Caesar

Gender inequality and the legacy of racial discrimination operate alongside poverty and economic inequality to shape the household food security experience in low-income areas in South African cities.

In Cape Town, male-headed households are more likely to be food secure than female-headed households, although both experience high levels of severe food insecurity.

National food security policy and local government do not recognize the systemic nature of gender inequality and food insecurity; a gap that needs to be addressed.

Policy Brief No. 6

Featured City: Cape Town, South Africa

Featured Country: South Africa

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