A robust understanding of the ways gender relations shape agricultural and food practices is essential to solving Africa’s malnutrition challenge. It is well known that gender norms can either exacerbate existing inequalities or they can prove powerfully useful in the fight against malnutrition. I argue that a gender transformative approach can unlock the difference and is essential in the fight against malnutrition. If implemented well, such an approach can help us understand how gender norms, institutions, and power relations are currently causing unequal access to food, agricultural resources, markets, and technologies. It will also enable us to develop solutions that address the full social complexity of the malnutrition challenge.
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