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

What do equity and equality have to do with it? Insights for food and nutrition from development studies research

Equity and equality are important themes in food and nutrition, but the existing literature has only partially addressed these issues. In this blog, Jody Harris, a food and nutrition researcher at the Institute for Development Studies, describes a paper that she co-authored with Nicholas Nisbett about equity in development studies research.   We already look >> 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

Introducing pro-WEAI: A tool for measuring women’s empowerment in agricultural development projects

In April 2018, the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project, Phase 2 (GAAP2), launched the pilot version of the Project-Level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI). Pro-WEAI is a new survey-based index for measuring empowerment, agency, and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector. Developed jointly by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Oxford >> Read more