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Making sense of land, statistics, and gender

Making sense of land, statistics, and gender (pdf) is a new infographic from the Gender and Land Rights database (GLRD) of the FAO and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). The infographic explores the correct use of land ownership statistics (ownership understood in a broad sense beyond individual property rights) and highlights how gender can influence land rights.

The infographic invites viewers to travel to a rural community in Sub-Saharan Africa to meet Tafadzwa, Wema, and Chimango who tell us about their landownership. Despite our hosts being part of the same extended family and contributing to the family farm, the data collected about them differ greatly as a result of their relationships to each other and to agricultural land.

Read on at the original posting on the FAO site.

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New publication: Gender, headship, and the life cycle: Landownership in four Asian countries

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Originally posted on the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) blog

Despite increasing evidence that households do not always function as one, policies regarding land and property rights are often formulated at the household level, assuming the primary adult male is the landowner. Because land policy reform has typically focused on changing household, rather than individual, rights to land, many of the data are collected at the household rather than the individual level. As a result of a combination of these factors, securing women’s land rights has remained a largely unaddressed issue by policymakers.

So as to inform the formulation of policies and interventions to strengthen women’s land rights, a new discussion paper by Kathryn Sproule, Caitlin Kieran, Agnes Quisumbing, and Cheryl Doss analyzes data from Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam to understand the processes by which men and women acquire land; the social, cultural, and legal institutions surrounding gender and landownership; and the role of individual and household characteristics influencing an individual’s ability to own land.

The authors’ finding that women own less land than do men across different household structures and that intrahousehold gender inequality is higher in households with larger landholdings suggests an agenda for future research and policy that strengthens women’s land rights within marriage, and protects them should the marriage dissolve.

Citation: Sproule, Kathryn; Kieran, Caitlin; Quisumbing, Agnes R.; and Doss, Cheryl. 2015. Gender, headship, and the life cycle: Landownership in four Asian countries. IFPRI Discussion Paper 1481. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

http://ebrary.ifpri.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15738coll2/id/129823

This work was undertaken as part of PIM’s cross-cutting gender research.

Featured image: Calling it a day, Flickr, photo credit Staffan Scherz


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New Post on the PIM EnGendering Data Blog: “Yours, Mine, and Ours” by Agnes Quisumbing

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Increasing evidence demonstrates the importance of women’s control and ownership of assets for achieving important development outcomes. Yet, studies focusing exclusively on increasing women’s asset ownership and control, or increasing their ownership of a specific kind of asset, run the risk of missing what else is happening within a household. Does the woman increase control of some assets (perhaps the asset targeted by the program), but lose control of others? Do her assets increase, but those of her husband increase more? Or, are couples building their asset base jointly, such that looking only at his or hers, misses the big picture?

Read on at the PIM EnGendering Data Blog.


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Call for abstracts for special journal issue on how gender interacts with policies, institutions, and/or markets

The Journal of Gender, Agriculture, and Food Security and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) invite you to submit papers for a special issue focused on how gender interacts with policies, institutions, and/or markets in the areas of agriculture and food security.  Extended abstracts are due by April 4, 2015.

We also invite those submitting abstracts to participate in a one-day write-shop on July 14, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Participants will present their paper and receive feedback on it from experts in the field.

You can find further information at this link and in the call for papers: Agrigender and PIM writeshop. Please share this call with colleagues within the CGIAR as well as with external partners.


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New EnGendering Data blogpost: “Do you own the asset?”

The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Markets, and Institutions (PIM) has another great post on the EnGendering Data blog.

In “Do you own the asset?”, R Padmaja and Dr. Cynthia Bantilan of ICRISAT discuss small but critical changes they made to their survey instrument to collect better data on women’s asset ownership.

Read the full post here, and join the conversation on Twitter by using #EnGenderingData!


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JOB OPPORTUNITY: IFPRI Associate Research Fellow with gender focus

IFPRI is recruiting an Associate Research Fellow (ARF) to further the analytical work on gender undertaken within the Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) portfolio, with particular focus on how constraints associated with gender affect adoption of improved technologies and management practices, attainment of food security and asset accumulation at the household level, and nutritional outcomes.

Using existing and new large-sample datasets, the Associate Research Fellow will further develop and test the validity of various indicators of women’s empowerment and increase our understanding of the relationship between these indicators and other development outcomes. The ARF will also apply insights from this work to development of indicators of progress in reducing constraints based on gender relevant for tracking the impact of the work of CGIAR in this area.

This is an important opportunity for someone who has strong skills in quantitative gender analysis to help contribute to shaping the research agenda of several cross-cutting CGIAR research programs and work with an excellent team of gender and agriculture researchers.

Please find the full job posting and apply for the position through the IFPRI Careers Website under the title, Position # 14-207– Associate Research Fellow, PIM

http://sj.tbe.taleo.net/CH13/ats/careers/searchResults.jsp?org=IFPRI&cws=37


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New blog: EnGendering Data

Photo: Stephan Bachenheimer. Source: World Bank Flickr (https://flic.kr/p/byhynd)

The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) has launched a new blog on collecting sex-disaggregated data. 

Two gender researchers from PIM, Cheryl Doss, an economist at Yale University, and Caitlin Kieran, Senior Research Assistant on gender for PIM at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), explain what they hope to accomplish by creating this blog, EnGendering Data.

Reblogged with permission from the original post.

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