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The role of civil society and advocacy in women’s land rights

This post is written in response to: What would it take to strengthen women’s land rights, in practice? Over the last decade, recognition of the need for strong land and property rights for women has greatly improved – so much so that everyone seems to agree on women’s land rights as a key issue.

What would it take to strengthen women’s land rights, in practice?

The evidence base is growing: strengthening women’s land rights contributes to women’s empowerment and household welfare. But strengthening women’s land rights isn’t that simple. This month the Thrive blog invites you to join the debate as part of the lead up to the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris.

Leveraging change: How gender norms matter for development

Complex systems—such as such as a community or set of communities, and the environment and economy people in those communities depend on and influence—are always in motion and they have no ‘central control’ mechanism. Rather, they change through the interactions of different elements of the system. So why are leverage points important? They matter because, to quote systems thinker Donella…

Experiences from Nepal on women’s land rights

This post is written in response to: What would it take to strengthen women’s land rights, in practice? Firstly I would like to appreciate the genuine and contemporary question. I will give the answer with respect to the Nepalese context, based on our experiences.

The ingredients for strengthening women’s land rights

Strengthening women’s land rights reminds me of a sandwich. At the top, you need legal institutions that guarantee women’s rights to own property, inherit, and to a fair distribution in case of divorce or widowhood. The bottom of the sandwich is women’s knowledge of their own legal rights. Without the top and the bottom, the land rights “sandwich” falls apart.

What would it take to strengthen women’s land rights?

The evidence base is growing: strengthening women’s land rights contributes to women’s empowerment and household welfare. Evidence is also showing that women who have more secure land tenure are more likely to plant trees or make other investments to improve the land and generate ecosystem services.

Why paying attention to gender matters for climate change adaptation

Until recently, there has been little evidence supporting the need to focus on the gendered dimensions of agriculture and climate change. Why? Because few researchers have been talking to women in agriculture as well as men–both of whom contribute to solving the food security challenges posed by climate change.


Vacancy: Research Officer in Development Economics (deadline: 31 January 2020)

Cheryl Doss is hiring a research officer, to be based in Oxford, to work with her on developing and analysing a household survey interviewing multiple people within the household about decision-making around water in Ethiopia and Kenya.  The person needs field experience implementing household surveys and familiarity with intrahousehold decision-making. It is a great opportunity for a recent Ph.D. with the…

Vacancy: Postdoctoral Associate – Gender in Agriculture at Cornell University

International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IPCALS) is searching for a highly motivated postdoctoral associate interested in gender research in agriculture. The position will be supporting gender research within multiple large international agricultural research projects, as well as capacity building for gender responsive research. Position open until filled.

Call for proposals: gender dynamics in seed systems, gender dimensions of access to high quality non-hybrid seed for African smallholders

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research together with the Integrated Seed System Development (ISSD) released a call for research proposals that look into sustainable business models for seed distribution reach the diversity of farmers engaging in smallholder production, including both women and men of different social categories. Click to find out more!

Vacancy: women’s leadership trainer

Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is looking for a Consultant Trainer to support the #VALUE4HER programme that seeks to improve the leadership capacity of women business leaders and owners. Deadline for applications: 7 October. Click for more information.

IWMI is looking for a gender consultant (closing date: 28 August 2019)

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) on behalf of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems is seeking highly skilled gender consultant experts to strengthen capacity on gender transformative approaches of selected WLE projects and teams in ways that align with the program’s research for development guiding principles. Click to learn more!

Apply for the Meryl Williams fellowship (closing date: 15 September 2019)

Applications are open for the Meryl Williams Fellowship: a 15-month women’s leadership program, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). This first offering of the Meryl Williams Fellowship is now open to emerging women leaders in agricultural R&D in Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.