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1) SDG 5 on gender equality is seen as a key goal, both in itself and for achieving other goals. In this context, critically examine how crucial gender equality is for food security?(250 words)

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1) SDG 5 on gender equality is seen as a key goal, both in itself and for achieving other goals. In this context, critically examine how crucial gender equality is for food security?(250 words)

Indian express

Why this question

Gender equality has several direct and indirect benefits and the article examines the role of gender equality in ensuring food security. This question is important to understand how critical the role of gender equality is.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to explain why gender equality is a key goal because of the direct and indirect benefits associated with it. Thereafter, we need to critically examine the role of gender equality in achieving food security.

Directive word

Critically examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic,  get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any . When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, all you need to do is look at the good and bad of something and give a fair judgement.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain about SDG5.

Body – Explain that Women play key roles in food provisioning as producers, home food managers, and consumers. Explain their role as an produces , consumers and food managers. Discuss about feminization of agriculture and how that impacts food security. Thereafter examine the issues that hinder the contribution of women with respect to food security. Discuss issues such as lack of ownership of land etc.

Conclusion – Give your view on the role that women have to play in ensuring food security and discuss way forward.