Sal & Gen : What is it?

Sal & Gen (Food securitization and Gender) is an innovative research project, promoted by Mónica Domínguez-Serrano, Imane El-Rhomri (Pablo Olavide University of Seville) and Pierre Janin (IRD- University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne) and supported by the Andalusian Agency for International Development Cooperation (AACID) and the Nutriset Group.

The project has been designed and structured around the following research questions and hypotheses:

Central question:

How to evaluate food security of sub-Saharan rural households, considering the role played by gender inequalities from an integrative and in depth point of view?

Main hypotheses:

- The capability approach is one of the best frameworks for the integrated and in-depth evaluation of gender inequalities; it could be worked out for an application to the food insecurity problem ;

- The securitization paradigm is a more appropriate framework to contextualize the evaluation and highlight the role of power relations, especially the gender ones, in the social construction of food security.

What do we do?

Evaluating food insecurity is extremely complicated essentially because of the complexity of this issue, its multidimensional nature, its spatio-temporal variability and the many scales it manifests itself.

Sal & Gen is an international research project, promoted by the Pablo Olavide University of Seville, the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. It was set up to address this complex issue and to make this study progress.

Our main goal is to improve the food insecurity analysis and the way to address it in risk contexts such as sub-Saharan Africa. To achieve this, we intend to elaborate an original evaluation framework based on a double operationalization of the new paradigm of food securitization and the capability approach.

The project will include the promotion and moderation of a multidisciplinary research network made up of Euro-African organizations belonging to the scientific and academic sector and to the cooperation and development sector. At this time, the core members of this network are the Pablo Olavide University of Seville, the Institut de Recherche pour le Développemnt (IRD) and the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne.

Some activities planned for this include the organization of workshops and seminaries in Spain, France and Burkina-Faso, a fieldwork carried out over our study area (Eastern Burkina-Faso), and scientific publications to promote and spread our research outcomes.

You can download the project leaflet: Leaflet Sal & Gen

Who are we?

Mónica Domínguez-Serrano:

Head Researcher of the Sal & Gen project, Tenured University Professor, Pablo Olavide University of Seville, Economics, Quantitative Methods and Economic History Department.

Pierre Janin:

Associate Researcher of the Sal & Gen project, Geographer and Head Researcher, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, UMR Development and Societies, University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. .

Imane El-Rhomri:

Associate Researcher of the Sal & Gen project, PhD Student from the Social Science Program – Equality and Gender, Pablo Olavide University of Seville.

Due to the multidimensional nature of the food security issue and the scientific debate we want to promote through our original proposal, Sal & Gen, we plan to create a scientific committee that will look after the process quality and research outcomes. This comity would be open to European and African researchers with a great knowledge of the topics dealt with in our project.