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New post from EnGendering Data

How sex-disaggregated land statistics can help monitor progress of the new Sustainable Development Goals

For decades feminist economists and women’s rights advocates have made the case that the lack of data on women’s land rights has limited the ability to understand how this affects food security and rural poverty. However, recent developments may help us to overcome this challenge. The new SDGs have identified women’s land rights as a priority, setting them as targets in both Goal 1(end poverty in all its forms everywhere) and Goal 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). Numerous UN agencies – including FAO and UN Women- are supporting the use of land indicators disaggregated by sex (in addition to type of tenure, age cohorts and ethnicity) to monitor targets regarding equal rights to economic resources, including land (t 1.4) and undertaking reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources (t 5a).

Read on at PIM’s EnGendering Data blog.

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

The issue of women’s land rights for land restoration will be discussed at a high-level panel “This Land is Our Land: Gender perspectives on tenure and rights” at the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, December 6.  In preparation for that event, we have asked a number of experts:

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

Follow the debate on the Thrive, the blog of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land, and Ecosystems.

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Why paying attention to gender matters for climate change adaptation

By Elizabeth Bryan, Patti Kristjanson, and Claudia Ringler

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.

However, new research based on gender-disaggregated data sheds light on gender differences in perceptions of climate change and the ability to adopt practices and technologies needed to increase resilience. These data also show that men and women have different preferences, needs, and priorities for the ways in which they respond to climate change. These findings point to the need for integrating a gender perspective into research on climate change as well as programs and projects focused on facilitating adaptation (and mitigation) on the ground.

Read on at IFPRI.org.

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Science on the Pulse: 10 essential reads on gender and land tenure

What are we actually talking about when we refer to women’s land rights?

In the lead up to the Global Landscapes Forum event, This land is our land: Perspectives on land access and restoration, Thrive asked the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to share ten essential articles for gaining an understanding of the key issues in gender and land tenure. Read the full article, here.

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Women, Land and Food event materials now available

The Women, Land and Food event hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USAID, and Landesa on October 27, 2015, examined the challenges, programming lessons and evidence demonstrating the profound link between land rights, food security and women’s empowerment.   Now, you can further explore related event content:

A growing body of evidence indicates a profound link between stronger women’s land rights and a variety of critical development issues, including enhanced food security and improved household nutrition. And the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of ending poverty, global food security and gender equality all have secure land rights and resources as key underlying components.

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Special issue of Agri-Gender: The Journal of Gender, Agriculture, and Food Security

Special Issue on Gender and Policies, Markets and Institutions

Editors: Jemimah Njuki and Cheryl Doss

The Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security (Agri-Gender) is an international, open access, peer-reviewed and refereed journal published by the Africa Centre for Gender, Social Research and Impact Assessment. The main objective of Agri-Gender is to provide an intellectual platform for international scholars to publish their research work on gender, agriculture and food security. The journal aims to promote interdisciplinary research related to gender and the agricultural and food sciences.

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How Women Can Maximize the Nutrition and Health Benefits of Irrigation for All

In a new A4NH Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange post, Elizabeth Bryan builds on the agriculture-nutrition framework to examine the gendered pathways through which small-scale irrigation can affect nutrition and health outcomes. Read the blogpost here

Also, in case you missed it: In response to increasing interest in how health has bearings on the gender-agriculture-nutrition framework, A4NH organized a seminar on Agriculture, Gender, and Health: Tracing the Links on October 20, 2015. The seminar provided three case studies in how gender dynamics in rural livelihoods influence health, and in turn, nutrition. The presentations are available in the following links:


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