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New technical guide on reducing the gender asset gap through agricultural development

IFPRI has produced a new technical guide, Reducing the Gender Asset Gap through Agricultural Development.

This technical guide, an output from IFPRI’s Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project (GAAP), explains the importance of assets—both tangible such as land, labor, and animals and intangible such as education, financial capital, and social networks—for development, and the wide gap that exists between men and women in the use, control, and ownership of these assets.

With practical lessons and recommendations, the guide shows how to collect data, and design and monitor projects to address this gender asset gap, clarifying how each step of the project—from design to evaluation—can attend to gender differences. It also identifies both qualitative and quantitative tools to use in collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated data on assets.

Along with the gender research findings laid out in GAAP project notes and discussion papers and a new GAAP toolkit for collecting data, this technical guide completes a full package of resources for researchers and practitioners working to improve women’s equality and economic status in the developing world.

Republished with permission from: http://www.ifpri.org/publication/reducing-gender-asset-gap-through-agricultural-development

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Launch of online portal for Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox

Earlier this year, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) together with partners, launched a Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox for development research via a live-streamed event.

We’ve now put the final touches on a platform dedicated to the toolbox, found here, which we encourage you to check out! Here you’ll be able to learn more about the process leading up to the final product, the people and organisations involved in the development and watch the video from the live-streamed event.

If you haven’t done it already, read the research highlight introducing the toolbox on CCAFS blog, download the manual (PDF) and discuss the tools and methods in our LinkedIn group dedicated to gender, climate change and agriculture.

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Gender Methods Seminar today: Measuring Women’s Empowerment in Rural India Using Vignettes

Slides from the presentation are available at the end of this post.

Abstract: Many development projects have empowerment as one of their goals or as a means to achieve other development goals. Yet, the measurement of empowerment has proved very difficult and is riddled with technical and conceptual problems. Current approaches to measurement of empowerment rely on long questionnaires and, to some extent, on subjective perceptions which are not comparable across groups. In this paper we propose a method for measuring self-reported empowerment using anchoring vignettes and provide an application to a sample of rural women in Andhra Pradesh. This method is simple to administer and addresses biases in subjective perceptions. We show how perceptions vary systematically across groups and how they can be corrected for. We also show how the impact of a project on empowerment can be tested. In our application we find that most of the differences in self-reported empowerment are perceptual and that a self-help group intervention does not increase women’s empowerment.

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CIMMYT is hiring a gender expert

The Centro Internacional Para el Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT) in El Batán, Texcoco, Mexico is looking for an

Expert for integrating gender issues into agricultural research (m/f)

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) needs your expertise to strengthen its research capacities in relation to gender. CIMMYT is the world’s premier center for research, development, and training in maize and wheat and in farming systems for those two essential food crops. From its headquarters in Mexico and offices throughout the developing world, the center works with partners worldwide to reduce poverty and hunger by sustainably increasing the productivity of maize and wheat cropping systems. The center has approximately 180 specialized research staff from over 40 countries, along with 700 support staff, working at 5 research stations in Mexico and 18 offices throughout the developing world.

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Monitoring and mitigating gender-based violence within non-GBV sectoral programming

CARE has just released Guidance for Gender Based Violence (GBV) Monitoring and Mitigation within Non-GBV Focused Sectoral Programming.  This document aims to address the increasing demand for clear guidance on how to practically and ethically monitor and mitigate gender-based violence (GBV) within non-emergency, international development programming, in which GBV is not a specific programmatic component. Specifically, it draws on existing GBV-related guidance, as well as input from a group of experts, to provide recommendations for preventing and/or responding to unintentional risk, threat, or violence against individuals related to programmatic interventions. These recommendations describe ways to take stock of the programmatic environment with regard to GBV in general, as well as targeted suggestions on how to track GBV related incidents and issues throughout the program cycle.

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World Bank publication on Voice and Agency available for download

ThumbnailThe World Bank Group has released for purchase and free download its groundbreaking report Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity. 

The 2012 report recognized that expanding women’s agency – their ability to make decisions and take advantage of opportunities is key to improving their lives as well as the world. This report represents a major advance in global knowledge on this critical front. The vast data and thousands of surveys distilled in this report cast important light on the nature of constraints women and girls continue to face globally. This report identifies promising opportunities and entry points for lasting transformation, such as interventions that reach across sectors and include life-skills training, sexual and reproductive health education, conditional cash transfers, and mentoring. It finds that addressing what the World Health Organization has identified as an epidemic of violence against women means sharply scaling up engagement with men and boys. The report also underlines the vital role information and communication technologies can play in amplifying women’s voices, expanding their economic and learning opportunities, and broadening their views and aspirations. The World Bank Group’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity demand no less than the full and equal participation of women and men, girls and boys, around the world.

Sign up for periodic updates and invitations from the World Bank Gender Team.

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Using participatory mapping with a gender lens to understand how landscapes are used for nutrition

Picture 1. Participatory mapping activity with community leaders from Nalitoya, Zambia. Photo by Trinidad del Rio.

Picture 1. Participatory mapping activity with community leaders from Nalitoya, Zambia. Photo by Trinidad del Rio.

Many rural people derive their sustenance from sources embedded in their landscape – the cropland, pasture, trees, forests and rivers of their surroundings. The diversity of food in people’s diets can be closely linked to how people manage the landscape. Yet there are often significant differences in how men and women interact with the landscape. Understanding differences between women and men’s use of the landscape and their spatial and temporal knowledge provides important insights for promoting food and nutrition security. This month, Natalia Estrada-Carmona, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Bioversity International, shares a participatory mapping method she has used in her research to engage women and men in discussions on how gender plays a role in landscape management, knowledge, and nutrition.

Read the full post here on the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange blog.


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