Supporting women’s empowerment at the 2018 GFPR Launch in Canada

IDRC President Jean Lebel, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and Shenggen Fan

Women’s empowerment is critical to achieve global food security and nutrition. At the 2018 Global Food Policy Launch in Ottawa, Canada, I joined a distinguished program that focused on how current trends in food security, agriculture, migration, and other themes covered in the 2018 Report are impacting women around the world.

I had the pleasure of meeting with Jean Lebel, President of International Development Research Centre (IDRC) President Jean Lebel, and Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. I am encouraged by Canada’s leadership in empowering women and girls, as seen in their support for the WTO’s Joint Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment and through efforts such as their Feminist International Assistance Policy. IFPRI will continue to provide tools to assess women’s empowerment, such as the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) that is already being used at the project and program levels.

By continuing to work together, IFPRI and Canada will advance evidence-based policy solutions to empower women and achieve food security and nutrition for all.

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