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About the Global Food 50/50 initiative 

The establishment of the Global Food 50/50 initiative is a response to broad stakeholder demand for a global food system that is accountable for progress toward gender equality. This global mechanism monitors progress and holds food system organizations accountable for achieving gender equality in leadership and implementing policies and strategies for gender-just and equitable food systems. 

Global Food 50/50 is a joint initiative of Global Health 50/50, the International Food Policy Research Institute and UN Women. Global Food 50/50 emerges from and uses the methodology of the existing Global Health 50/50 initiative.

The Global Food 50/50 partnership argues that a combination of gender-responsive programming, gender-equitable institutions, and diversity in leadership will lead to more effective organizations and more equitable and inclusive food systems.

Global Health 50/50® is an independent research and advocacy initiative that generates comprehensive analysis, action and accountability for intersectional gender equality in global health systems. Established in 2017, its annual global report along with the Gender and Health Index monitors the policies and practices of hundreds of organizations active in global health and health policy. Global Health 50/50’s contribution to the 2022 GF5050 report was supported in part by USAID.  

The International Food Policy Research Institute provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Established in 1975, IFPRI currently has more than 600 employees working in over 50 countries. The engagement of the International Food Policy Research Institute in the Global Food 50/50 initiative is supported by USAID.

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programs and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide.

Contact us for more information:

Global Health 50/50


Contact: Sonja Tanaka, sonja.tanaka@globalhealth5050.org



Contact: Hazel Malapit, H.Malapit@cgiar.org   

UN Women


Contact: Jemimah Njuki, ​​J.Njuki@cgiar.org