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Women’s empowerment in agriculture and agricultural productivity

This recently published paper on maize production in Western Kenya finds that rural development interventions that aim to increase agricultural productivity—and, by extension, improve food security and reduce poverty—could achieve greater impact by integrating women’s empowerment into existing and future projects. The abbreviated version of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) was used to develop empowerment indicators.

Improved climate services, a must for better decision making among farmers

This information note by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), calls for a more participatory approach in providing climate services to men and women farmers to ensure that these services meet their specific needs for successfully responding to climate variability.

Perceived nutrition benefits and socio-demographic factors affecting consumption of forest foods in eastern and southern Cameroon

Bioversity International and partners recently published a paper that investigates the relationship between knowledge, perceptions and socio-demographic attributes towards consumption of forest foods. 279 women in charge of decision making with respect to food preparation from 12 villages in southern and eastern Cameroon were interviewed for this study.

Postharvest fish losses and unequal gender relations: drivers of the social-ecological trap in the Barotse Floodplain fishery, Zambia

This article shows how a fishery-dependent livelihood context can represent a social ecological trap, i.e. a process in which rigid and persistent behavioral responses are applied because of a lack of capacity to adapt, leading to over dependence on the fishery, and ultimately, unsustainable outcomes. A gender lens revealed that unequal gender relations also present drivers of the trap in…

Is scaling up of technologies for sweetpotato reinforcing or reducing gender inequalities?

A recent paper published by scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP) shows how processes of scaling up of technologies to promote adoption can reinforce or reduce gender inequalities. This article is based on a gender analysis of sweetpotato seed systems conducted in Phalombe and Chikwawa districts in Malawi in 2013 and 2014. The paper looks at both research that…

India’s district-focused strategy to reduce childhood stunting must also address women’s wellbeing and poverty reduction, finds new study

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) found that addressing women’s well-being and education are critical to any strategy focused on reducing child stunting in India, as nearly three fourths of the differences in childhood stunting between low and high burden Indian districts can be explained by differences in women’s low body mass index (19%) and education (12%)…

State of the knowledge for gender in breeding: Case studies for practitioners

Considering gender in plant and animal breeding is important to develop varieties that lead to equitable benefits. This synthesis seeks to provide an evidence base on gender-responsive plant and animal breeding and compiles available cases from two workshops organized by the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network and the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research: “Gender, Breeding and Genomics” (18–21…

Gender differences in willingness to pay for capital-intensive agricultural technologies: the case of fish solar tent dryers in Malawi

This paper analyses Lake Malawi fish processors’ Willingness to pay and identify the gender disparities that are associated with the will to pay for a common good, i.e. investing in a group owned fish solar tent dryer. The willingness to pay for group ownership of fish solar tent dryers was explored because the authors assumed that the initial investments are…