External Event
Virtual Seminar

Global Food 50/50 Report: Inaugural report on gender, diversity and power in the global food system

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IFPRI and Global Health 50/50
Online Event
Co-Organized by IFPRI and Global Health 50/50

In the lead up to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, tens of thousands of people participated in a global civic experience to produce a shared framework of collective action. Gender equality and women’s empowerment were amplified as a lever of change and embraced as an area of work with the potential to contribute wide-ranging positive change in the transformation of food systems in the coming decade.

The establishment of the Global Food 50/50 initiative is a response to broad stakeholder demands for a global food system that is accountable for progress towards gender equality. This event marks the launch of the inaugural Global Food 50/50 Report, which reviews the gender- and equity-related policies and practices of 52 global food system organizations as they relate to two interlinked dimensions of inequality: inequality of opportunity in careers inside organizations and inequality in who benefits from the global food system. 

The Report shows that organizational commitment to gender equality is high, and that over half of organizations are transparent about their policies on shaping diverse, inclusive and equitable working environments for people. The latest data also suggest, however, that rhetoric may be used as a substitute for action. Leadership remains disproportionately male and dominated by nationals of Europe and North America. The report asserts that the skewed distribution of power and privilege is undermining global efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. 

This policy seminar will present the findings of the report and explore how this new accountability mechanism can power a broader movement to demand more equitable and inclusive organizations across the global food system. 

Introductory Remarks

Results of 2021 Global Food 50/50 Report


  • Jamille Bigio, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, USAID
  • Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • Rick White, Chair of the Private Sector Mechanism of the United Nation Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
  • Vicki Wilde, Senior Program Officer, Gender and Agriculture Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)

Closing Remarks

  • Sarah Hawkes, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Global Health 50/50