2022 launch event

Tracking and promoting progress on gender equality: Emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities from the 2022 Global Food 50/50 Report

2022 Borlaug Dialogue Side Event

Co-organized by Global Health 5050, IFPRI, and UN Women

18 October 2022 – 8:00 to 9:30am EDT

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Established in the lead-up to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, the Global Food 50/50 initiative is a response to stakeholder demands for a global food system that is accountable for progress toward gender equality. This event will mark the launch of the second annual Global Food 50/50 Report, which provides data and analysis on the gender- and equity-related policies and practices of 51 global food system organizations.

The Report shines a light on the progress, and lack of progress, made by food organizations in promoting diversity and equality in their leadership and decision-making and in putting gender equality at the heart of their work. This year, in 2022, we complemented our annual leadership analysis with a study of the board members of governing bodies. The data reveals not only gender inequalities in board representation, but that board seats are also dominated by nationals from high-income countries. The Report asserts that this skewed distribution of power and privilege undermines global efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

This launch event seminar will present the report’s findings and explore how this accountability mechanism can empower a movement for more equitable, inclusive organizations across the global food system.

Introductory Remarks

  • Johan Swinnen, Managing Director, Systems Transformation, CGIAR and Director General, IFPRI (video remarks)
  • Sarah Hendriks, Director for Policy, Programs and Inter Governmental Division, UN Women

Results of 2022 Global Food 50/50 Report

Keynote Address


  • Martha Nyagaya, Country Director for Kenya, Nutrition International
  • Benjamin Davis, Director, Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equality Division, FAO
  • ​​​​​​​Maura Barry, Senior Deputy Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, USAID (TBC)

Closing Remarks

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