2021 Geography Honors Presentation
Presenter: Zoe Tkaczyk '21
Dietary Power and Self-Determination among Female Farmers in Burkina Faso:
A Proposal for a Food Consumption Agency Metric
While food security is traditionally defined with four pillars, increasingly we require an additional two: agency and sustainability. Agency, one’s control over their food system, is challenging to effectively measure. Measuring women’s agency is especially critical in Sub-Saharan Africa where women play prominent roles in farming and food preparation. This paper explores the feasibility of creating an agency metric by conceptualizing agency within food systems and gender relations using data related to food security and dietary diversity among Burkinabé female rice farmers. Note: Link provided to request Zoom access.