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CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research



GENNOVATE report: Understanding gendered innovation processes in forest landscapes: Case studies from Indonesia and Kyrgyz Republic

  Elias, M., Elmirst, R., Ibraeva, G., Sijapati Basnett, B., Ablezova, M., Siscawati, M. (2018). Understanding gendered innovation processes in forest landscapes: Case studies from Indonesia and Kyrgyz Republic. GENNOVATE Report to the CGIAR Research Programs on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Bioversity International, Rome. Retrieved from

Women’s aspirations for the future, and their financial, social and educational investments

This discussion paper examines the correlates of aspirations of rural women around income, asset ownership, social status and the education of their children, using primary data from India. It then investigates how the gaps between current and aspired-to status are associated with individual investments in financial, social status-related, and educational dimensions.

Qualitative research on women’s empowerment and participation in agricultural value chains in Bangladesh

This qualitative study on women’s empowerment in Bangladesh complements a 1,200-household quantitative survey, looking in greater depth at the individual, household and community level experiences of men and women. The study aims to better understand the consequences of value chain participation of male and female producers, entrepreneurs and wage-workers on their empowerment.

Publication: intra-household dynamics and dietary diversity: Insights from Sustainable Nutrition for All in Uganda and Zambia

How do relations between men and women influence production and consumption dynamics and how does this interplay affect the nutritional status between household members? These are the questions that SNV (together with Wageningen University and KIT Royal Tropical Institute) addresses in its recently published paper. The paper aims to assist policymakers, practitioners and researchers in understanding the approaches and tools used and…

Tracking empowerment along the value chain: Testing a modified WEAI in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence in Bangladesh

In this study, researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) found that in Bangladesh, empowerment varies based on livelihood activity and gender. Women’s empowerment differs based on the primary economic activity, with greater empowerment among women in producer households than entrepreneur or wage-work households. Click to learn more!

Gender, household behavior, and rural development

This paper reviews recent conceptual and empirical developments regarding household behavior and gender norms in developing countries covering the following general topics: (1) what do the data tell us about gender gaps in control and ownership of resources? (2) what have we learned about jointness in household behavior; (3) what do the data tell us about the resources that men…


Does empowering women benefit household members equitably? An analysis of women’s empowerment and dietary quality in Bangladesh

In this blog, Agnes Quisumbing, a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute talks about her recent article on women’s empowerment and dietary quality across the life course in Bangladesh. Quisumbing and her co-author, Esha Sraboni, a PhD candidate at Brown University, use nationally-representative data from Bangladesh to examine how the connections between women’s empowerment and diet vary depending on household members’…

Achieving gender-equitable outcomes in low emission development initiatives in the Kenyan dairy sector

The ever-changing practices in smallholder households such as division of labor, resource control, and decision-making power should be considered as critical factors towards achieving the global goal of lowering livestock’s Greenhouse gas emissions’ intensity. Actively engaging both women and men in participatory assessment of low-emission technologies–including their implications for gendered labor dynamics, resources, and decision-making–will be important in achieving gender…

Video: A new Good Practice Note for development professionals on mitigation and prevention of gender-based violence

Thirty-five percent of women worldwide experience violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. Kicking off 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 – December 10), World Bank Group Senior Director for Gender, Caren Grown, and Director for Social Development, Maninder Gill, discuss with Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director for Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience. They refer to a new Good Practice…

Using ‘WEAI+’ to explore gender equity and agricultural empowerment in Northern Ghana

In this article, researchers from Mississippi State University and partners present the results from their baseline Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index+Soybean Modules (WEAI+), which was implemented among men and women smallholder farmers in Ghana’s rural Northern Region. The paper found that women farmers were significantly more likely to lack adequate empowerment in input in productive decision-making, purchase, sale, or transfer of…