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Landesa publishes women’s land rights guides & infographic on women’s land rights

View original announcement here: http://www.landesa.org/news/landesa-publishes-womens-land-rights-guides-for-development-practicioners/

The Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights has created four new practice guides, which are practical resources for development practitioners, researchers, lawyers, advocates, and scholars to assess the situation for women’s land rights in three countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. They address both the formal legal structure and the customary framework that impact women’s secure access to land. A fourth guide, International Agreements and How to Build a Legal Case for Women’s Land Rights, provides insights and guidance on using international conventions (e.g. CEDAW) and regional agreements (e.g. The Banjul Charter) to build a case for women’s land rights at the national level.

Landesa has also produced a new infographic, the first to document the wide range of benefits that flow from women’s land tenure security. The infographic makes clear that women’s secure tenure can help us reach a number of our most critical sustainable development goals – from improved nutrition, education, and resiliency, to reduced domestic violence.  | Full size view of the infographic

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New CCAFS Working Paper reveals gender gap in adaptation capacity to climate change in Africa

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) has published a new working paper, How resilient are farming households, communities, men and women to a changing climate in Africa? (PDF), that highlights the gender gap in ownership of productive land and access to agricultural support services in Sub-Saharan Africa– both of which are critical for adapting to climate change. Here’s the abstract of the paper:

Social, economic and institutional factors and driving forces enhance or hinder the adaptation capacity of agricultural and pastoral households and communities. The effectiveness of the resulting adaptation strategies influences the nature and extent of the impact of multiple stresses and shocks, including climate change’s, at the local-level.

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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).

To read the note, click here.

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Resource: Gender Mapper

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) are developing a “gender map” of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to better understand how to target agricultural interventions to women and men farmers. To see the progress thus far and to full out the survey access it here

The project is an out growth of an IFPRI Discussion Paper: Meinzen-Dick, R., B. van Koppen, J. Behrman, Z. Karelina, V. M. Akamandisa, L. Hope and B. Wielgosz.  2012.  Putting Gender on the Map:  Methods for Mapping Gendered Farm Management Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa.  IFPRI Discussion Paper 1153.  Washington DC: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/ifpridp01153.pdf

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Publication: Understanding the Complexities Surrounding Gender Differences in Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria and Uganda

We investigate gender differences in agricultural productivity in Nigeria and Uganda. Results indicate persistent lower productivity on female-owned plots and among female-headed households, accounting for a range of socio-economic variables, agricultural inputs and crop choices using multivariate tobit models. Results are robust to inclusion of household-level unobservables and alternative specifications that account for decisions to plant crops. However, productivity differences depend on aggregation of gender indicator, crop-specific samples, agro-ecological zone and biophysical characteristics. More nuanced gender data collection and analysis are encouraged to identify interventions that will increase productivity and program effectiveness for male and female farmers.


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Publication: Gender & agroforestry in Africa: Are women participating?

This report synthesises the results of a review of 104 studies on gender and the adoption of agroforestry in Africa, and aims to identify strategies that challenge gender imbalances in development initiatives. It explores women’s participation in agroforestry, including their ability to manage agroforestry practices, access to agroforestry information, and how they benefit from agroforestry.

The results highlight the substantial benefits that agroforestry can offer to rural women in Africa, mainly because it requires fewer resources than alternative enterprises. But women’s participation is low, with limited access to information and markets, and a mixed record of successful management of agroforestry technologies.

The report provides several technological, policy and institutional recommendations for improving the efficiency of women’s participation in agroforestry. They include domesticating important tree species, and ensuring that women have access to market information and microfinance. The report concludes by suggesting further research in areas such as measuring the income that women generate from agroforestry, and identifying the key ingredients of success stories across Africa.


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Publication: Rural Women and Corporate Investment in African Land

Joint Oxfam and ActionAid paper prepared by Nidhi Tandon, Marc Wegerif and Catherine

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