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

Discussing agency, access, and accelerometers in Accra

Over 300 researchers gathered in Accra, Ghana, from June 25-29 for the 2018 Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health (ANH) Academy Week. The week began with a lively learning lab – led by Erin Lentz, Jessica Heckert, Elena Martinez, and Sita Zougouri – on integrating gender into agriculture, nutrition, and health research, in which participants shared their >> Read more

Ethiopia Offers Lessons from Stories of Change in Nutrition

Ethiopia has made great strides in recent years in addressing nutrition problems that have long plagued the country: between 2000 and 2016, rates of stunting fell from 58 percent to 38 percent, one of the fastest rates in Sub-Sahara Africa, while wasting dropped from 12 percent to 10 percent. Yet in some areas, numbers remain >> Read more

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