For the UN Climate Talks to Truly Be a ‘Food COP’, They Must Also Be a ‘Feminist COP’


Vivian Polar, the gender research coordinator at CGIAR’s International Potato Center (CIP), argues that, if COP28 is to achieve its aims as a “food COP”, it must also pay special attention to the under-appreciated role of female farmers, who are also disproportionately impacted by climate change. Drawing on evidence from various regions, including Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia, Polar stresses that achieving sustainable food systems and climate solutions hinges on addressing gender inequality at COP28.