Introducing the Gender Transformative Framework for Nutrition

Framework for Nutrition - Action Against Hunger

Two women collect water in Ethiopia. Lys Arango for Action Against Hunger.

Action Against Hunger Canada is proud to be part of the Gender Transformative Framework for Nutrition. This new initiative by a coalition of agencies including World Vision, CARE, Nutrition International, Save the Children, Mother Food International and Bruyere Research Institute will work for the advancement of gender-transformative approaches in nutrition programming.

Nutrition and gender are inextricably linked. Around the world, women and girls often eat last and least, which restricts their ability to achieve their potential and can trap them in a vicious multigenerational cycle of poverty. What and how women and girls eat is influenced by social and political factors, including how food is produced and consumed, and how nutrition services are provided and used. At Action Against Hunger, we recognize that gender inequality is both a cause and a consequence of hunger, and that this inequality restricts livelihoods, education, and growth opportunities for women and girls, limiting access to and control over the resources they need to meet their nutritional needs.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sharp increase in global hunger, with a disproportionate impact on women and girls. In view of the pandemic, a gender-transformative approach to nutrition is needed now more than ever. In order to effectively respond to the pandemic, we must place gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls at the centre of our nutrition efforts and enable women and girls to shape nutrition systems and create a more equitable world for all.

The Gender-Transformative Framework for Nutrition is a Canadian-led, evidence-based conceptual model that expands the potential of nutrition programs to tackle gender inequalities. This framework will support improved gender analysis and evaluation of nutrition approaches and interventions for gender equality and identify research priorities. Through the collective expertise of coalition partners in research, technical programming, and advocacy, we aim to improve nutritional programming in humanitarian response.

To learn more about the Gender Transformative Framework for Nutrition, visit


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