Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 05/2015

Integrating a Gender Approach into the Prevention and Management of Food Insecurity: The household economy approach

Imane El Rhomri

April 2015

Oxfam Publishing


The Household Economy Approach (HEA) adds value to the assessment of access to food and food security in emergency situations. However, the approach fails to identify the specific causes of vulnerability that are related to gender dynamics within households. In the context of food security in the Sahel region, this report aims to provide ideas and courses of action to address this important gap by incorporating a gender perspective. It analyses the theoretical and methodological limitations of the HEA approach and explores new ways that could significantly improve its performance in the future