What are we really measuring? The importance of validating survey items to understand women’s empowerment

The project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI) is a survey-based tool that measures women’s empowerment and inclusion in agricultural development projects. In a recent discussion paper led by Kathryn Yount, Professor and Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health at Emory University, a team of colleagues from Emory University and the International Food Policy >> Read more

Does empowering women benefit household members equitably? An analysis of women’s empowerment and dietary quality in Bangladesh

In this blog, we talk with Agnes Quisumbing, a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute about her recent article on women’s empowerment and dietary quality across the life course in Bangladesh. Quisumbing and her co-author, Esha Sraboni, a PhD candidate at Brown University, use nationally-representative data from Bangladesh to examine how >> Read more

Researchers and partners in Washington, DC, discuss progress on the project-level WEAI

Understanding and measuring women’s empowerment is a critical component of ensuring progress in achieving development outcomes. Yet for decades, work in this area lacked standards and consistent measurement tools, which made it impossible for researchers and implementers to share learning and track progress and impact. In 2012, the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, or WEAI, >> Read more

Identifying challenges and constraints experienced by women smallholder farmers in northern Ghana

The Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab’s Socioeconomic and Gender Equity Research team explores how gender-based inequalities and constraints impact smallholder farmers’ productivity. They developed an adapted version of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, called WEAI+, that includes a module focused on soybean production. In this blog, Rosemary Keane describes the results of a >> Read more