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Empowerment matters: “Invisible Women” in Niger produce less food

Fleur Wouterse has a new blog published on Agrilinks discussing recent research using the WEAI in Niger. Her takeaway messages include:

Empowerment matters for agricultural production. Less empowered households experience lower returns to their labor and use their traction equipment and animals in a less effective manner. Women are much less empowered in so-called dual households where a primary male is also present. Increasing the empowerment of these women, for example, through leadership training or encouraging membership in groups (rotating savings schemes or producer organizations) will ultimately generate benefits in terms of increased food production.

Visit the IFPRI Slideshare site to view Fleur’s presentation on this work last year, available here.


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Ask Ag About… M&E for Gender Integration

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Agrilinks Online Discussion on Thursday, Sept. 10 // 12:00-1:00 pm EDT

This month’s Agrilinks “Ask Ag” online discussion will explore monitoring and evaluation for gender integration in agriculture and food security projects. We’ll be featuring a team of experts from the USAID Bureau for Food Security that specializes in M&E and gender. Participants and organizations are encouraged to share questions, comments, links, and resources in the discussion area before and during the event.

When: Thursday September 10, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT

Where: http://agrilinks.org/events/ask-ag-about-me-gender-integration

In addition to robust contributions from the Agrilinks community, this chat will feature a team of experts from the USAID Bureau for Food Security including Emily Hogue, Team Leader for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; Krista Jacobs, Gender Advisor; Farzana Ramzan, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist; and Grace Hoerner, Presidential Management Fellow.

Questions for Consideration:

  • How can you tell if a project is integrating gender well?
  • Is gender integration getting sufficient attention in M&E and project monitoring frameworks?
  • Are current, commonly used indicators giving us a clear idea of the efficacy of gender integration efforts?
  • How does proper monitoring help to identify and correct for any negative impacts that may result from gender integration in programming?

In addition to asking questions, don’t forget to share your own experiences and perspectives on gender integration!