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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...

Arab Spatial launches Food Security Blog

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A great collection of 4 inaugural stories of the new Arab Food Security Blog launched today to become an integral part of the Arab Spatial platform. With this valuable addition, the online atlas becomes not just a unique open-access information tool on development and food security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, but a real forum for discussion, learning, and knowledge-sharing.


Why rural women are integral in the upcoming climate change negotiations

Sustainable coffee farming

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We know more and more about what our planet faces as climate change intensifies and greenhouse gas emissions lead us on a probably irreversible path of global warming and uncertain rainfall patterns, at least for the next four decades. As policymakers prepare for another round of climate change negotiations in December in Lima, Peru, they are no longer only discussing climate change prevention, or “mitigation.” It is imperative that we also turn our attention to “adaptation”; learning to adapt to climate change now is critical because climate change is affecting livelihoods, particularly in rural areas.

Growing evidence suggests that men and women experience climate change impacts differently and have different needs for adaptation. read more...