Can Agricultural Development Projects Reach, Benefit, and Empower Women? Results from South Asia and Africa using the Project-Level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro WEAI)

This panel session includes eight papers evaluating the impact of gender sensitive agricultural development programs using the project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI), co-developed with 13 agricultural development projects in 9 countries in Africa and South Asia. The objective of this session is to compare findings related to women’s empowerment across program components and contexts and demonstrate the pro-WEAI as an evaluation tool.


Agnes Quisumbing, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Brooke Krause, The College of Wooster, USA


Agnes Quisumbing, IFPRI

Designing for empowerment impact in agricultural development projects: Experimental evidence from the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Gender Linkages (ANGeL) Project, Bangladesh


Agnes Quisumbing, IFPRI

Introduction to pro-WEAI


Bobbi Gray, Grameen Foundation

Understanding women’s empowerment in Burkina Faso through use of the project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI): A mixed methods study


Brooke Krause, The College of Wooster, USA 

Pastoralists and Power: The Impact of a Food Security Program on Women’s Agency in Northern Tanzania


Greg Seymour, IFPRI

How well does pro-WEAI detect project impacts? A multi-country validation and sensitivity analysis


Jessica Heckert, IFPRI 

Can a gender-sensitive integrated poultry value chain and nutrition intervention in Burkina Faso impact women’s empowerment


Marya Hillesland, FAO

Did a microfinance ‘plus’ programme empower female farmers and pastoralists and improve intrahousehold equality in rural Ethiopia?


Nehar Kumar, IFPRI

Impacts of nutrition-intensification efforts integrated into a women’s self-help group-based livelihood project on women’s nutrition: evidence from India


Ruth Meinzen-Dick, IFPRI

Measuring empowerment in agricultural development projects using pro-WEAI