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Gettin’ GIF-fy With It: Using the WEAI and GIF to Mainstream Gender in Your Work

Have you heard of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (more commonly referred to as the WEAI)? I’m sure many of you have not only heard of it, but have used it in your work: In 2015 alone, 13 Feed the Future partners used WEAI data to inform programming, and to date, close to 40 organizations worldwide are using the WEAI, increasing the evidence-base on constraints women and men face in the agriculture sector. Some of you may also be familiar with the Gender Integration Framework, or GIF—a useful tool for integrating gender into project design and implementation.

What you might not know is just how to use the WEAI and GIF together. What is the relationship between the two, and how can both tools be used to promote gender mainstreaming? How does their use help us work toward our objectives of increased agricultural productivity and improved nutritional outcomes?

Head over to Agrilinks to read their takeaways from a recent WEAI and GIF training.


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Ask the expert: Dr. Agnes Quisumbing on women’s land rights

The USAID Land Tenure and Property Rights Portal recently interviewed Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI, about women’s land rights. Read the interview here.


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Women, Land and Food event materials now available

The Women, Land and Food event hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USAID, and Landesa on October 27, 2015, examined the challenges, programming lessons and evidence demonstrating the profound link between land rights, food security and women’s empowerment.   Now, you can further explore related event content:

A growing body of evidence indicates a profound link between stronger women’s land rights and a variety of critical development issues, including enhanced food security and improved household nutrition. And the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of ending poverty, global food security and gender equality all have secure land rights and resources as key underlying components.


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USAID, IFPRI, and Landesa Panel: Women, Land, and Food

On October 27, 2015, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, USAID, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Landesa will host a panel event to discuss the intersection of women’s empowerment, land rights and food security at IFPRI’s headquarters at 2033 K St NW, Washington, DC. The panel event is open to the public and will be streamed live online. Register to attend in-person or online.


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Webinar: The Abbreviated Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI) – September 23

IFPRI will be hosting a webinar “The Abbreviated Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI)” on September 23rd from  9:30-11:00 am EST.  More information about the session and a link to register is below.

This webinar will focus on the newly-launched abbreviated version of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI). The A-WEAI is a shorter, streamlined version of the original WEAI survey tool. It will be launched by USAID one week prior to this webinar, on September 16th. On the 23rd, IFPRI’s WEAI Research Coordinator, Hazel Malapit, joined by Farzana Ramzan and Emily Hogue from USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, will discuss the reasons for developing a shorter version of the WEAI, describe the development and piloting process of the A-WEAI, and highlight the differences between the A-WEAI and the original WEAI. Time will also be allowed for a question and answer session with webinar participants.  Presented by: Hazel Malapit, Research Coordinator, IFPRI, Farzana Ramzan, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, USAID Bureau for Food Security, and Emily Hogue, Team Leader for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, USAID Bureau for Food Security

For more information on the WEAI, please visit the WEAI Resource Center.   Please register for the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1992709063315119105


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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!


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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.