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Webinar: The Role of Increased Income and Women’s Empowerment on Nutrition

The Role of Increased Income and Women’s Empowerment on Nutrition: A Review of Two Feed the Future Activities in Rwanda

Hosted by USAID and SPRING

Webinar April 30, 2015 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. EDT 

Agricultural livelihoods affect nutrition of individual household members through multiple pathways and interactions. This ultimately raises the question – how might these different routes translate into activity implementation? Two Feed the Future activities, the Integrated Improved Livelihoods Program (IILP) and The Rwanda Dairy Competitiveness Program II (RDCP), provide an opportunity to examine alternative approaches to reach the ultimate goal of improving livelihoods and nutritional status.

Join us for a webinar on Thursday, April 30, 2015, to unpack how two agricultural livelihoods and food systems investments strive to improve household nutrition. SPRING will highlight their recent study documenting IILP’s and RDCPII’s different approaches to considering and integrating nutrition into their activities and both implementing partners will share some of the key challenges and successes in their work. The USAID | Rwanda Mission will also reflect on lessons learned in the first phase of Feed the Future implementation.

Increasing the positive impact on nutrition from agriculture is now a major area of interest in the international development community. This is not the first time, however, that the topic has arisen. What has been tried in the past? Under what circumstances? What worked, and what did not? What can be learned about past attempts, to inform present efforts?


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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.

Available here.


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Call for gender-sensitive social and behavior change for nutrition resources

Do you work in the fields of nutrition and food security? Have you successfully integrated gender-sensitive social and behavior change (SBC) activities into your projects/programs in order to improve nutrition outcomes for pregnant and lactating mothers and children under two during the 1,000 day window of opportunity? If so, we welcome your input!

We are looking for resources and tools that have helped you and your team to design, implement, and evaluate gender-sensitive SBC programming to improve nutrition outcomes for pregnant and lactating mothers and children under two. Please share any evidence-based guidelines, tools, manuals and published articles that been particularly useful for you and your team. We also welcome your suggestions about useful websites.

Please send any resources/tools to Megan Ivankovich at mivankovich@wi-her.org by Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Relevant resources will be compiled into a USAID Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS)-funded technical guide to be released in April 2015. More details about the guide and other materials will be coming soon.


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Program Advisor: Gender and Youth Development Officer

The Office of Food for Peace is recruiting a Program Advisor (Gender and Youth Development Officer).

The individual will serve as a USAID/ Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance technical adviser on gender and youth related issues in agricultural development and food security. The individual will lead the development of a strategic agenda for ensuring that gender gaps and gender relations are addressed in Food for Peace’s emergency and development programming in agriculture, nutrition, and livelihoods, helping to ensure that they equally benefit women, men, and youth; and will provide other assistance to promote increased incomes and food security as well as enhanced leadership roles for women.

The announcement can be found here.


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Webinar: Women’s economic empowerment in inclusive market systems development

This learning series will take place over the first half of 2015, bringing you the chance to closely engage with key experts on conceptual and practical issues around women’s economic empowerment in inclusive market systems. Through a thought-provoking sequence of webinars, e-discussions and social media engagement, participants will learn about good practices, practical implementation considerations and lessons learned. The discussion will consist of four distinct threads:

1. The theory behind the approach: Women’s economic empowerment in inclusive market systems development.
2. Practical implications part I: Inclusive business and women in market systems development
3. Practical implications part II: Labor markets and women in market systems development
4. Measurement methods: Women’s economic empowerment in market systems development

The series will be launched on January 29th, 9:30am-11:00am (EST), with a compelling webinar that explores conceptual theories and recently developed frameworks for women’s economic empowerment in inclusive market systems.

Read more here.


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Funding: USAID/Khartoum

USAID/Khartoum is inviting applications for grants to support agricultural innovation in Southern Sudan. It seeks to develop innovative alliances that strengthen agricultural organizations in both the public and private sectors and including areas related to crop production, harvesting, processing and storage; irrigation utilization; livestock marketing and health; transportation of agricultural goods; and marketing infrastructure. Applicants should pay particular attention to the use and application of gender analysis for the implementation of all program components. Eligibilty is unrestricted.  The Funding Opportunity number is APS-SUDAN-AAO-10-000001. The closing date for applications is September 30, 2010. More information is available at http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=56780