Grant for research into enhancing women’s empowerment

The application for the research 'Improving food and nutrition security by enhancing women's empowerment' by Robert Lensink has been approved by the NWO. From the Global Health unit of the UMCG, Jurjen van der Schans and Regien Biesma are collaborating on the research, which focuses on women in Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

NWO has honoured three applications within the NWA program that provides new insights into the interaction between the various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The research projects take place in different countries and focus on the possible relationship between women's emancipation and food security, between climate change and conflict and on the synergy and trade-off between individual SDGs. The total program comprises more than 7 million euros, co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In short, the Global Health research with the theme Addressing trade-offs between food safety (SDG2) and other SDGs: Women's empowerment affects household food security, the diversity of diets and the Body Mass Index (BMI) of women themselves. But women's empowerment has many sides and not all these sides contribute to better nutrition. Within this project, researchers analyse the ways in which women's empowerment can influence food security and contribute to achieving SDG 2: no hunger. This study is innovative because it provides a new framework for research into the relationship between women's empowerment and food and nutrition security. In addition, this is also the first study in which a combination of conventional economic interventions is tested against newly developed modules that focus on both psychological barriers and gender norms.