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Reducing the gender asset gap through agricultural development

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The Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project (GAAP), jointly led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PIM, and United Nations Foundation, has just released a new Technical Resource Guide, Reducing the Gender Asset Gap through Agricultural Development.

Assets are fundamental to small farmers’ livelihoods. Learning how assets help small farmers expand production and successfully engage with agricultural value chains in the developing world is of increasing interest to researchers, development practitioners, and private sector firms alike. read more...

African Dairy Value Chain Seminar: lessons, tools, approaches to African dairy development


As we've already reported earlier, in September 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU(CTA) organized a dairy value chain seminar with support from the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets and on Livestock and Fish.

The main topics of discussion were:

  1. African smallholder inclusion into dairy value chains
  2. Private-sector investment into the African dairy industry
  3. Gender roles and empowerment in African dairy value chains


Women’s land ownership and decision-making


Do women landowners manage the plots of land that they own?  There has been surprisingly little research on this question, although the answer is crucial to investigating whether there are gender differences in productivity or the adoption of new technology, among other issues.  This lacuna in the knowledge base is due to several factors, including the lack of appropriate sex-disaggregated data on land ownership and the prevailing assumption in the literature that the household head makes all the decisions on the plots owned by its members.  read more...

Avoiding a blank stare


Using cognitive pretesting to improve the WEAI

As a researcher, how often have you wondered whether survey respondents understand your survey questions? Ensuring that survey questions generate the intended information is especially tricky when asking questions on topics that don’t have standardized modules. When a carefully crafted question is met by a blank stare, giggle, or unexpected response, it can be challenging to determine what went wrong and how to fix it.  read more...

Welcome to EnGendering Data

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PIM launches new blog on collecting sex-disaggregated data

Two gender researchers from CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), Cheryl Doss, an economist at Yale University, and Caitlin Kieran, Senior Research Assistant on gender for PIM at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), explain what they hope to accomplish by creating this blog.  read more...

Malawi’s subsidy splurge

Do expensive fertilizer subsidy programs reduce poverty?

Malawian farmer

Photo credit: T. Samson/CIMMYT.

In their discussion paper, Variable Returns to Fertilizer Use and Its Relationship to Poverty: Experimental and Simulation Evidence from Malawi, IFPRI researchers Yanyan Liu and Liangzhi You, and coauthors Aurelie Harou and Christopher Barrett take a closer look at the profitability of fertilizer use under a variety of scenarios, as well as the impact these programs have on poverty reduction efforts, using Malawi’s experience as a case study.  read more...