Christine Okali, Institute of Development Studies, UK
Examining chains of change used in policy to link women’s status and position in households and nutrition and health outcomes
This presentation calls for policy-making processes to include critical social including gender analysis of rural farm households and other institutions that affect the daily lives of families and individuals, and a questioning of widely accepted notions of change. It argues that current policy reliance on women for achieving various social development outcomes is unlikely to succeed in changing household level nutrition without substantial shifts in the behaviour of actors responsible for message delivery, and/or the use of new/ innovative forms of communication. Equally, it argues that it is unlikely to result in changing the way society values the work of women, or their subordinate status and position.