In this paper, researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute and partners describe the adaptation and validation of a project-level WEAI (or pro-WEAI) that agricultural development projects can use to identify key areas of women’s (and men’s) disempowerment, design appropriate strategies to address identified deficiencies, and monitor project outcomes related to women’s empowerment.
Launched in 2012, the (WEAI) index aims to help improve understanding of the linkages between women’s empowerment, agricultural productivity, and household food security. By doing so, it helps to diagnose empowerment gaps, identify and prioritize interventions to close these gaps, and test the effectiveness of these interventions.
This brief from the CGIAR Research Program on Fish helps facilitators use, reflect on, and adapt gender-inclusive strategies in their work with communities. It aims to increase the frequency and quality of strategies used to reach women, men, youth and other social groups in the preparation, design, implementation and adaptation stages of community-based approaches and draws upon lessons and experience…
This paper presents a mixed-methods study that examines the relationship between women’s empowerment, household food security, and maternal and child diet diversity (as one indicator of nutrition security) in two regions of Tanzania. Indicators across three domains of women’s empowerment were scored and matched to a household food insecurity access scale. Click to read more!
In this new publication, Alessandra Galie (ILRI) and Cathy Farnworth (independent) zoom into the relational nature of empowerment. They demonstrate how individual empowerment requires the empowerment and deliberate support of others and find that community judgement and local gender norms determine empowerment outcomes.
Sound policies and well-functioning institutions and markets are essential to building sustainable and inclusive agri-food systems. The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) works with research and implementation partners to generate evidence and develop capacity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to support policies that help poor people, both men and women, improve their lives; produce nutritious and affordable…
This paper investigates the concept of gender transformation within adaptation to climate change. Focusing explicitly on adaptation within the agriculture sector, the paper describes various cases where gender equality outcomes have been sought and secured – and how this has been achieved.
This book presents research from across the globe on how gender relationships in agriculture are changing. In many regions of the world, agricultural transformations are occurring through increased commodification, new value-chains, technological innovations introduced by CGIAR and other development interventions, declining viability of small-holder agriculture livelihoods, male out-migration from rural areas, and climate change. This book addresses how these changes…
Women’s empowerment and crop diversification in Bangladesh: A possible pathway to climate change adaptation and better nutrition
This paper explores whether women’s empowerment in agricultural production leads to increased diversification in the use of farmland. It found that some aspects of women’s empowerment, but not all, lead to a more diversified use of farmland and to a transition for cereal production to other uses like vegetables and fruits.
This chapter provides a review of women’s access to and use of climate and agriculture information; it provides examples of successful strategies for reaching women, with suggestions for further research and programming to promote gender equality along with climate information. (Pay-for article) – click to read the full abstract!