Does providing agricultural and nutrition information to both men and women improve household food security? Evidence from Malawi uri icon

abstract

  • We examine the role of gender in various pathways to food security in Malawi, emphasizing improved access to agriculture and nutrition information along these pathways and considering the implications of gender targeting for agriculture and nutrition extension services. We propose a gendered typology of households: those with both male and female adults, those with only adult males, and those with only adult females. We take a mixed-methods approach of sequential quantitative-qualitative data collection, consisting of focus group discussions in eight districts and nationally representative household and community surveys. The results show that food insecurity is highest in male-only and female-only households. In dual-headed households, in which women are frequently tasked with attending trainings and meetings but have little power to implement lessons, joint access to information is a more powerful driver of food security than women's access.

publication date

  • 2019
  • 2019