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Don’t risk your health for nutrition!: Why gender matters for food safety

Selling milk in Ethiopia. Source: ILRI (Flickr Images)

Selling milk in Ethiopia. Source: ILRI (Flickr Images)

Some of the foods that would most enhance nutrition in diets in the developing world are also the riskiest in terms of food safety. Numerous health risks exist along the value chain for livestock and fish products, from production to consumption. In this post on the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange blog, Sophie Theis (Research Analyst, Poverty, Health, Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute) and Delia Grace (Program Manager, International Livestock Research Institute) relate findings from a recent A4NH/International Livestock Research Institute analysis of 20 livestock and fish value chains in Africa and Asia that reveal how gender differences in value chain participation influence risk exposure. 

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New publication: What dimensions of women’s empowerment matter for nutrition in Ghana?

Photo: Alison Slack. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

A woman works the field in Ghana. Photo: Alison Slack. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

Abstract: This paper investigates linkages between women’s empowerment in agriculture and the nutritional status of women and children using 2012 baseline data from the Feed the Future population-based survey in northern Ghana. Using a new survey-based index, the women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, we conduct individual-level analyses of nutrition-related indicators including exclusive breastfeeding, children’s dietary diversity score, minimum dietary diversity and minimum acceptable diet, children’s height-for-age, weight-for-height, and weight-for-age z-scores, and women’s dietary diversity score and body mass index. Results suggest that women’s empowerment is more strongly associated with the quality of infant and young child feeding practices and only weakly associated with child nutrition status. Women’s empowerment in credit decisions is positively and significantly correlated with women’s dietary diversity, but not body mass index. This suggests that improved nutritional status is not necessarily correlated with empowerment across all domains, and that these domains may have different impacts on nutrition.

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Resources available from the second Gender-Nutrition Methods Workshop

Reposted from the A4NH Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange blog

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On December 2-4, 2014, the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) held the second annual Gender and Nutrition Methods Workshop, hosted by Bioversity International in Rome. Following the successful first A4NH gender-nutrition workshop held in 2013 in Nairobi, this year convened over 40 researchers and practitioners representing 9 CGIAR Research Programs and their partners to learn about and discuss how gender affects the pathways through which agriculture influences nutrition, with a thematic focus on women’s participation in decision-making.

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IFPRI is recruiting an Associate Research Fellow for gender analysis in value chain research

Please read the full job announcement here, and follow this link for more IFPRI career opportunities. 

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as an Associate Research Fellow for a two-year, fixed term, renewable appointment in its Poverty Health and Nutrition Division (PHND). The Associate Research Fellow will assist in strengthening the gender analysis in value chain research in the CGIAR.

Recognizing that gender is one of the main ways that agriculture influences nutritional outcomes, the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) has initiated a series of cross-CRP activities to strengthen understanding of gender-agriculture-nutrition linkages, build capacity to do gender-nutrition research, and catalyze joint research across-CRPs.  In partnership with the Livestock and Fish and Grain Legumes CRPs, A4NH is also working to integrate nutrition into CGIAR value chain research, where women’s and men’s roles in decision making, their level of participation, and asset ownership need to be taken into consideration to understand how value chain interventions may influence nutritional outcomes.

The Fellow will help bring these streams of work together, bringing a value-chain lens to the cross-CRP gender-agriculture-nutrition work and a gender lens to the empirical research on assessing the impacts of value-chain interventions on nutrition and other key outcomes. The Fellow will also be an integral member of project teams in other CRPs, and will be expected to spend approximately four months per year at other CGIAR centers or field sites, particularly in East Africa, which is a focus region for this work.