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Ensuring a Square Meal: Women and Food Security in Southeast Asia

The UP CIDS Program on Social and Political Change, together with World Scientific Singapore and the UP Department of Political Science, is co-organizing the launch of and a panel discussion on the book “Ensuring a Square Meal: Women and Food Security in Southeast Asia” on October 19, 2018 (Friday), 2:00 to 4:00 PM, at the UP CIDS Conference Hall. The panel discussants include Dr. Theresa Devasahayam (Singapore University of Social Sciences), editor of the book, and Dr. Jorge Tigno (University of the Philippines Diliman) and Dr. Thelma Paris (University of the Philippines Los Baños), authors of the book’s two chapters.
To register, please contact Ms. Jesam Jimenez at [email protected] or (02) 981-8500 locs. 4266 and 4267. Deadline for registration is on October 17, 2018 (Wednesday).

The Book

Research on women and food security in Southeast Asia has been limited. The collection of chapters in “Ensuring a Square Meal: Women and Food Security in Southeast Asia” is one of the first attempts at providing a lens into the linkages between women and food security at the household, community, national, and transnational levels. More broadly, the chapters examine women’s contribution in households, resource distribution to produce food, and the purchasing power to buy food. In analysing the various facets of food security in relation to gender, the analyses focus on the meanings of ‘private’ and ‘public’, and the extent to which the effects of the two spheres spill over into each other. Given women’s critical role in food production and provision, the book assesses the structural forces enabling women to access productive resources and, in turn, ensure sustainable strategies for food security; as well as it evaluates how governments might address the constraints women face in this vital role.
For more information on the book, please visit