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Is UNFPA working for a better food security in the future?: How women’s empowerment and use of contraception can assure food for future generations
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to explore if UNFPA’s work mission and methods direct for greater food security in the future. The analysis is based on one of UNFPA’s main frameworks; ICPD Programme of Action 1994. The analysis is based upon different themes that are recognized as tools for change; family planning, women’s empowerment and gender equality, education and child marriage. The theoretical frame of the analysis is liberalism which has been complemented with social constructivism, and has provided an insight to the discussion. The essay will also investigate whether the different theories can explain UNFPA’s framework, mission and methods.  The method used is a describing qualitative content analysis.   

The research shows that UNFPA indirectly implement or propose a great deal that can have an impact on food security. In order to regulate population growth, which is one of the major trends threatening food security, different measures are proposed in the framework. Focus is on governments efforts and gender equality through SRH education. The liberal view put emphasis on human rights and the individuals right to freedom, as well as equality, which was obtained by a greater or lesser degree throughout the framework. Social constructivism could explain ICPD where liberalism failed to do so, such as the lack of emphasis on child marriage due to many societies identity and traditions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
Food security, population growth, Millennium Development Goals, liberalism, UNFPA, family planning, gender equality, education, child marriage, constructivism
Keyword [sv]
Matsäkerhet, ökad befolkningsmängd, Millenniemålen, liberalism, UNFPA, familjeplanering, jämställdhet, utbildning, barnäktenskap, konstruktivism
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Social Sciences Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31435OAI: diva2:686768
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Social Sciences Programme, specialization Global Studies, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-01-13 Created: 2014-01-13 Last updated: 2014-01-13Bibliographically approved

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