[UPDATED] Call for concept notes: Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project (GAAP 2)

The International Food Policy Research Institute has received a second round of support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to adapt and validate a measure of women’s empowerment that agricultural development projects can use to diagnose key areas of women’s (and men’s) disempowerment, design appropriate strategies to address deficiencies, and monitor project outcomes related to women’s empowerment. This empowerment measure will be based on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) developed by IFPRI, USAID, and OPHI (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative), but will be adapted for project use.

This second round, called GAAP2, will run for five years (2015-2020) and will build on the experience of the Gender, Agriculture and Assets Project (GAAP, 2010-2014), which worked with a set of agricultural development projects to incorporate gender into their M&E frameworks and evaluate their impacts on women’s assets. This work is undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) led by IFPRI, and will be complementary to ongoing efforts to use and adapt the WEAI, supported by USAID.

With this call, we are inviting agricultural development projects to participate in piloting and validating a project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI), and to become part of a Community of Practice on measuring women’s empowerment in agricultural development projects. This effort has the potential to have broader applicability beyond agricultural projects.

For the call for concept notes, click here.

For an editable Word version of the call for concept notes, click here.

To view an anonymized, illustrative budget from GAAP1, please view the Sample GAAP budget for guidance, keeping in mind that projects in GAAP2 may request different budget items depending on need.

The GAAP team has also put together an FAQ document, available here: Frequently Asked Questions

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Publication: “Focus on Families and Culture: A guide for conducting a participatory assessment on maternal and child nutrition”

For many years Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) programs have focused on women of reproductive age (WRA) given that they and their young offspring are the primary risk groups. This choice has also been influenced by the idea that WRA act independently regarding MCHN practices.

In the past few years, programs have increasingly involved men based on the assumption that they play a leading role in MCHN at the family level. This may be true in the Western world, but it may not always be true in non-Western collectivist cultures where women are part of extended and hierarchically structured families in which various actors, in addition to husbands, influence women’s thinking and behavior.

This guide from the Grandmother Project is a state-of-the-art, user-friendly guide for program managers and planners for conducting a MCHN assessment to investigate intra-household roles and influence.  The FFC guide introduces a holistic, or systemic, framework that can assist program staff to more effectively identify key priority groups for interventions.  After learning about the development and key concepts and the methodology, one is taken step by step through the assessment process, complete with case examples, sample tools and diagrams.

Download the guide here.

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CIMMYT hiring a Gender and Development Specialist

CIMMYT is seeking an experienced, pro‐active self-motivated and results‐oriented Gender and Development Specialist to join our interdisciplinary team of scientists working to improve the livelihoods of resource-poor wheat and maize farmers in the developing world. As a member of the CIMMYT Gender Team under the Socio-Economics Program, and in close collaboration with other socioeconomic and biophysical scientists and international and national partners, the successful candidate will undertake applied research on gender issues in sustainable intensification of wheat and maize-based farming systems and contribute to strengthening the institutional capacity for integrating gender in wheat- and maize research-for-development.

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries. Please refer to our website for more information: http://www.cimmyt.org
The selected candidate will be based in Islamabad, Pakistan or Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Please read the full job description: 15832_Gender and Development Specialist

Candidates must apply online here for 15832 Gender and Development Specialist
Screening and follow up of applications will start on Monday, 14 September 2015.

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FAO hiring a Sustainability and Resilience Analyst (Gender Statistics)

Global food security cannot be achieved without women’s equal access to productive resources and services. To increase agricultural productivity and natural resources management, and build resilience it is essential to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. In order to support member countries and FAO technical units with the design and implementation of gender-responsive policies and programmes, FAO addresses the gender equality dimensions in its normative work and country-level interventions, including its major statistical databases and surveys.

Similarly, and as a result of the growing importance of natural resource governance within the international agricultural development agenda and more specifically within its Strategic Framework, FAO aims to further the understanding of gender-specific impacts of interventions between agriculture and the environment, such as water and land resources, and ecosystems at large, and in communities at risk of disasters to inform gender-responsive programming and implementation.

To this end and under the general supervision of the Directors of the Social Protection Division (ESP) and the Statistics Division (ESS), under the direct supervision of Regina Laub, Senior Officer Gender Analysis and Policy, and as a member of several task teams, the Consultant will contribute to the work under Strategic Objective 2 (SO-2: “Increase and improve provision of goods and services from agriculture, forestry and fisheries in a sustainable manner”) and Strategic Objective 5 (SO-5: “Increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises ”). The consultant will provide methodological advice mainly in the context of large scale surveys and, upon ad hoc requests, also for project specific studies.

Please see the terms of reference here: TORs Gender and Statistics Consultant

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How can ICTs promote gender equality in rural areas?

e-Agriculture is collecting information on the topic ‘Gender and the use of ICTs for agricultural and rural development – How ICTs can promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in rural areas’, to prepare a paper on the subject.

ICT initiatives are often generic and fail to recognize that the introduction of ICTs in a community will affect men and women differently. A range of specific barriers exist to women’s access, control and use of ICTs, all of which have implications for the efficacy of ICT-based agricultural interventions. However there are also initiatives that are inclusive and contribute to the promotion of gender equality through the use of ICTS.

In order to identify, analyse, understand and promote successful approaches, e-Agriculture and FAO are looking for experiences from different stakeholders. This is why we are now launching this call to you to ask you to share your recent experiences, articles, lessons learned, insights or good practices on gender and the use of ICTs for agricultural development.All contributions will be published on e-Agricultures thematic page on Gender and ICTs and the selected experiences and articles will be referenced in the final paper that will be published on our platform and through other media.

You can send your contributions to info@e-agriculture.org or share them with the group. We look forward to learning more about your insights on the topic.


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Gender and Development: Special Issue on Inequalities

The Gender & Development Special Issue on Inequalities has been published. The articles in this issue of G&D, co-edited with Naila Kabeer, come from a wide range of voices in international development research, policy and practice, and offer a gendered perspective on inequalities. To subscribe to all content from the journal, you can also click here.

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IFPRI Gender Methods Seminar, Tuesday, July 28: Aspirations in Rural Pakistan: An Empirical Analysis

Aspirations in Rural Pakistan: An Empirical Analysis

Presenter: Katrina Kosec

Research Fellow, IFPRI

Discussant: Jessica Heckert

Associate Research Fellow, IFPRI

Tuesday, July 28, 12:30pm-1:30pm EST

Instructions for joining virtually are offered at the end of this message.


Aspirations are goals which people set and intend to achieve; they are increasingly being recognized as an important outcome of interest when considering poverty reduction strategies. As Adam Smith once noted, “The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.” We examine the aspirations of individuals in 2,090 rural households in Pakistan surveyed by IFPRI in 2012 and again in 2013. We begin by examining individual and household correlates of aspirations, including gender and socioeconomic status. We then analyze what factors might shape aspirations—including how policymakers might raise them. In doing so, we exploit both cross-sectional and panel data to examine how community institutions and infrastructure predict aspiration levels, changes in them over time, and gender gaps in aspirations.   Finally, we carry out cross-sectional and panel data analysis to examine how well aspirations predict agricultural input choice, crop yields, economic behavior, and financial decision making. We show that aspirations are closely linked to whether citizens engage in forward-looking political and economic behavior.

We next step back and look at aspiration formation. Specifically, how do negative economic shocks affect citizens’ aspirations for the future, and can governments’ social protection policies successfully mitigate any damaging effects? Using a natural experiment in Pakistan, the 2010 floods, to identify the effects of a large economic shock on citizens’ aspiration levels, we find that citizens’ aspirations were significantly reduced—especially among the poorest and most vulnerable. However, targeted government social protection policies following natural disasters can significantly reduce their negative aspirational effects. We find that disaster-targeted social protection not only raises social welfare in the short term, but it also has an enduring effect by raising citizens’ aspirations for the future. Our results suggest that not only does the aspiration level of citizens matter, but also that government policies can affect the aspirations of its citizens.
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