Save the Children Italia organised on 3 July a dialogue around the policy strategies in place for adolescent girls and their role in the context of agriculture, food and nutrition security. The participants to the event, that took place at the EXPO in Milan (its theme being ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’) were African and EU governments, CSOs, private sector and academia.
Despite the topic is still in its infancy, the relationship between girls and food security deserves to be explored, explained Simona Seravesi from Save the Children, because girls and women remain marginalised despite playing a major role in agriculture production and the nutrition of their community. During the event, Malawi’s Principal Secretary for Gender, Mary Shawa, explained that in her country 80% of food producers are women, but they own as little as 1% of land, making it very difficult to improve their livelihood.
ECDPM’s Francesco Rampa, Head of the Food Security Programme, contributed to the discussions with his presentation on “The role of the private sector and public-private partnerships in the Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security Sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa”. Watch our video to learn more on the role of women in agriculture, the reasons behind the ‘Milan Charter’ and what the Sun Movement does to scale-up nutrition.