How can you tell if your survey questions work? Using cognitive testing to improve measurement of women’s empowerment in nutrition and health

In the second phase of the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project (GAAP2), researchers are developing the project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI) to measure women’s empowerment in agricultural development projects. The pro-WEAI includes an optional module to measure women’s empowerment in health and nutrition decisions. In this blog, Anika Hannan, a soon-to-be MPH graduate >> Read more

Gender considerations in informal food markets in sub-Saharan Africa

In this blog, originally posted on Agrilinks, Kristina Roesel, postdoctoral scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), discusses how gender roles can influence health risks in Africa's informal food markets. Kristina previously served as coordinator of ILRI's Safe Food Fair Food project. Gender moves beyond biology to consider the socially constructed roles, behavior, activities, >> Read more

Can WFP’s Food Assistance for Assets contribute to women’s empowerment and nutrition?

In 2017, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) published a report on a five-country study on how WFP’s Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) work can contribute to empowering women and improving their nutrition. In this blog, a Senior Consultant for WFP, Zalynn Peishi, highlights some of the study’s findings. Findings from this study will >> Read more

Is migration improving household food security? Evidence from Far West Nepal

Utilizing quantitative and qualitative approaches, Jeeyon Janet Kim, a PhD Candidate from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, investigates the linkages between ­­migration, household food security, and women’s status. In this blog, she shares findings on how male out-migration affects household food security in Far West Nepal.     In >> Read more