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Call for abstracts/Learning Labs for the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Academy Week

The Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy invites the global community of ANH researchers and users of this research to the first ANH Academy Week to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 20-24 June 2016.

The ANH Academy Week will be an annual event, expanding on the successful history of the five Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) conferences and events and activities by CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) and Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Action (IMMANA).

The goal of the ANH Academy Week is to facilitate learning and sharing among the global community of interdisciplinary researchers and research-users working on agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health. The first ANH Academy Week is to be held in Addis Ababa to facilitate participation and engagement of the African research and research-user communities with participants from around the world.

The ANH Academy Week programme will feature contributions from a diverse set of ANH Academy partners and with the oversight of an International Steering Committee, including:
1) Conference on Agri-Health Research. The call for abstracts is now open, with deadline extended to March 13. 
2)  Learning Labs (training workshops) offered by ANH Academy partners
3) Events led by ANH Academy partner organisations
4) Opportunities for networking

More about the ANH Academy Week


Open Call for agency-level advising services candidates: agency-level advising provided by INGENAES

Is your organization doing work in Zambia? The Integrating Nutrition and Gender within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project intends to help you to address the unique challenges specific to your organization and context – through confidential advising assistance targeted specifically to your organization. Click here for the full background and advising activity description. 

To apply to receive INGENAES advising services for projects in Zambia, please complete this survey by September 30.  If you have questions about the program please address them to Nikki Grey Rutamu at ngreyrutamu@ucdavis.edu

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Help WEAI Help You: New Opportunities to Utilize the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) is the first comprehensive and standardized measure to directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector. Since its launch in 2012, the WEAI has evolved as global partners have adapted and utilized the Index in diverse ways to design and implement interventions that address the constraints and barriers women face.

September’s Ag Sector Council seminar will trace the evolution of the WEAI and discuss why women’s empowerment is an essential evaluation component when integrating gender into agricultural programs. The speakers will then outline the next stages of the WEAI’s development—the introduction of the Abbreviated WEAI (A-WEAI), a streamlined and modified form of the original Index, and a project-level WEAI (Pro-WEAI), designed to be applicable for use by agriculture and food security projects and activities. Lastly, the speakers will share details about opportunities for activities to receive support to pilot and validate the Pro-WEAI indicators and methodology, as well as to join the WEAI Community of Practice.

Read more about the event and RSVP here.


[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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New post on EnGendering Data Blog: Debunking the myth of female labor in African agriculture

Working in the field. Ghana. Photo Credit: Curt Carnemark / World Bank

Working in the field. Ghana. Photo Credit: Curt Carnemark / World Bank

EnGendering Data, a blog on improving data on the role of gender in agriculture, has a new post on female labor in African agriculture. Cheryl Doss shares new studies that “offer our most detailed understanding to date of rural economies in Africa” and challenge the widely cited “fact” that women in Africa provide 60-80% of the labor in agriculture. She then encourages a shift of focus to the question of how to effectively invest in women’s agricultural productivity, drawing on empirical evidence to chart a course.

Read the full post on the blog, here.

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IFPRI Policy Seminar: It Is Time – Gendered Time Use in Agriculture-Nutrition Pathways

it is time
Thursday, May 7th, 2015
12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EDT
Please join for lunch beginning at 11:45 am
Live webcast will be available here at the scheduled time.

Moderator: John McDermott, A4NH, IFPRI
Panel: Mark Blackden, World Bank (Ret.); Krista Jacobs, USAID Bureau for Food Security; Deborah Johnston, SOAS, University of London & Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH)

Agricultural development plays a role in improving nutrition. However, time spent on agricultural interventions and practices—especially by women— competes with time needed for resting, childcare, and food preparation, and can have unintended negative consequences for a family’s nutrition.
What interventions are needed to alleviate this additional burden?

This policy seminar will present key findings from a systematic review on agriculture, gendered time use, and nutrition by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) and IFPRI, and will offer a discussion of policy implications and suggested interventions based on the evidence.

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Special issue of Agricultural Economics on gender and agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa


The May 2015 issue of Agricultural Economics features articles on gender differences in sub-Saharan African agriculture. Papers are available here.

This special issue contributes to the literature on gender differences in sub-Saharan African agriculture primarily by using new and innovative micro-data. The first six articles have a strong focus on understanding the extent and drivers of gender differences in land productivity and use data from nationally representative household surveys that are implemented under the Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) initiative. The LSMS-ISA data are multi-topic, with geo-referenced household and plot locations, and information on production and identity of managers and owners at the plot level. The last two articles in the volume rely on in-depth quantitative and qualitative case study data, which, in combination with the nationally representative data, allow for greater insights into the extent and correlates of gender differences in sub-Saharan African agriculture. While there does seem to be persistent evidence of gender gaps, the studies find the sources of these gaps to vary within and across countries. This makes designing policies to address gender gaps more challenging, yet of crucial importance. What is clear is that the failure to directly and explicitly address the underlying causes of the disparities is likely to end up exacerbating the observed gender gaps.