Urban Agriculture Magazine 37: Gender in Urban Food Systems

UAM37, Gender in Urban Food Systems, was produced with funding from Hivos and the CGIAR Research Programme Water Land and Ecosystems, led by IWMI.

It’s no secret that the food system has an endemic gender problem. There are significant barriers to participation in food value chains due to socially determined identities, roles, rights and obligations of women and men, and structural inequalities embedded in the system.

Most work to address gender inequalities in the food system to date has focused on rural areas, with a particular focus on women producers. But there are vast gendered disparities in
urban food systems too, which have been largely neglected by city officials, economic planners and development practitioners.

In this issue of UA Magazine, we identify the ways in which gender and inclusivity have been neglected in urban food policy, practice and research.


  1. Editorial – A Call for Transformative Actions on Gender and Inequality

  2. Beyond Just Adding Women: Towards Gender Transformative Food Systems

  3. Adding a Gender Lens to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Monitoring Framework

  4. Gender Aspects of Urban Food Security and Nutrition: The Critical Role of Urban Food Environments

  5. Addressing Gender Inequalities in Quito’s Food System

  6. The Importance of Feminist Analysis in Urban Agriculture Research

  7. The Women Producers’ Markets of Mezitli, Turkey

  8. The Gender Agenda for Agriculture in Analamanga, Madagascar

  9. African Urban Food Systems through a Gender Lens

  10. Breaking Gender Norms: Lessons from the Women’s Food Lab in La Paz, Bolivia

  11. Gender Integration along the Resource Recovery and Reuse Research for Development Impact Pathway

  12. Women Feeding Cities: Mainstreaming Gender in Urban Agriculture and Food Security

  13. Further Reading

  14. Upcoming: Beyond 20 years of RUAF


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