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Brief: Gender and Food Security – Towards gender-just food and nutrition security

This BRIDGE Cutting Edge Overview Report makes the case for a new, gender-aware understanding of food security, arguing that partial, apolitical and gender-blind diagnoses of the problem of food and nutrition insecurity is leading to insufficient policy responses and the failure to realise the right to food for all people. Showcasing effective and promising existing strategies, the report suggests that in order to truly achieve food security for all in gender equitable ways, responses need to be rights-based, gender-just and environmentally sustainable.

The report is the result of a collaborative and participatory process, involving over 40 experts on food and nutrition security and gender from around the world.

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Gender-Based Policies and Economic Growth

The World Bank’s policy note series Economic Premise recently put out a note on “Measuring the Effect of Gender-Based Policies on Economic Growth”. The note lays out a framework for quantifying the growth effects of gender-based policies in developing economies, a powerful and practical tool for policy makers and policy researchers. This tool was developed recently in the context of a research project sponsored by the World Bank. The framework is based on analysis using a computable overlapping generations model that accounts for the impact of access to infrastructure on women’s time allocation, as well as human capital accumulation and inter- and intragenerational health externalities. The analysis also presents illustrative gender-based experiments in a version calibrated for a low-income country (Benin).

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IFPRI Brief: the Gender Implications of Large Scale Land Deals

Whether viewed as “land grabs” or as agricultural investment for development, large-scale land deals by investors in developing countries are generating considerable attention. However, investors, policymakers, officials, and other key stakeholders have paid little attention to a dimension of these deals essential to truly understanding their impact: gender. It is easy to laud outside investment in agriculture, or to deride land deals and the accompanying processes as bad or unfair, without looking at the benefits and costs to local men and women. The results of land deals depend in part on the prior rights and responsibilities of women and men and in part on how the land deal’s implementation perpetuates, improves, or distorts these rights and responsibilities.

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Publication: IFPRI 2020 Brief on ‘Gender: A key dimension linking agricultural programs to improved nutrition and health’

Improving the livelihoods and well-being of the rural poor is an important aim of agricultural development, promoted through agricultural intensification and commercialization strategies. But improved agricultural productivity does not necessarily translate into improved health and nutrition, either for producers or consumers. How can standard agricultural development strategies—promoting agricultural intensification, greater linkages to markets, and high-value production—also create positive impacts on health and nutrition? This brief argues that a key element linking these programs to improved outcomes is the dimension of gender roles and gender equity.

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Brief: Rural women and agriculture in the MENA by CIHEAM

This briefing note will attempt to shed the light on some facts and figures related to the status of rural women in the MENA, all the while focusing on the main challenges to be taken into account in terms of rural women’s entitlements in the MENA. These key features can then help delineate where the efforts for the improvement of rural women’s lives in the MENA need to be directed.

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This OECD practice note focuses on the use of gender equality indicators as a way of measuring change. It asks: what are indicators, and why should we develop indicators to measure gender equality?
It also

  • addresses the often political issue of what we should be measuring,
  • provides some broad principles that can be applied, and
  • suggests some questions donors can ask when developing gender equality indicators.

The brief also offers examples of existing indicators – noting that they always need to be adapted to specific contexts. What are ‘gender equality indicators’? What are indicators? Indicators are criteria or measures against which changes can be assessed (Imp-Act 2005). They may be pointers, facts, numbers, opinions or perceptions – used to signify changes in specific conditions or progress towards particular objectives (CIDA, 1997).

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CPRC Brief: ‘Curbing dowry practices: an anti-poverty imperative’

Peter Davis
Kathryn Bach


It has been recognised that dowry in South Asia hinders women’s empowerment and can serve as a cause of violence against women. A recent study in Bangladesh highlights that dowries also have serious economic repercussions, with families identifying dowry payment as a leading cause of impoverishment.

This policy brief also looks at the need for public policy aimed at ameliorating the negative social effects of dowry to take the economic consequences of unaffordable dowry into account, and dowry-focused policies should feature as part of broader poverty reduction strategies. There is a need to go beyond official policy and find innovative ways of addressing the negative socio-economic effects of dowry, both at the local and national levels.

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