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Small changes for big improvements: Criteria for evaluating indicators of gender gaps in control over productive resources

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There is an increasing need for indicators that can track the impacts of agricultural policies and technologies upon gender inequalities at the national and international levels. A recent working paper commissioned by the CGIAR Gender and Agricultural Research Network reviews the body of published research that uses such indicators and recommends a set of robust indicators that can help measure these impacts, either using data that already exist, or data that could be collected through relatively simple additions to existing national and international surveys. read more...

Discussion paper: A systematic review of cross-country data initiatives on agricultural public expenditures in developing countries

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One of the most important instruments that developing and transitioning countries possess to achieve the transformation of their economies through meeting key development outcomes and impacts, especially where the agricultural sector plays a key role, is efficient and effective agricultural public expenditures (AgPEs), coupled with a conducive policy environment and dynamic private investments. Practitioners and policy makers increasingly recognize that public investment in agriculture is a key determinant of productivity growth, essential to meeting the demands on and the strategic role of the sector. To ensure much-needed improvements in resource allocation decisions and complementary policy decisions, it is vital for these countries and development partners to possess sound and adequate databases that will enable appropriate types of evidenced-based AgPE analysis. read more...

Working paper: Indicators of gendered control over agricultural resources

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A guide for agricultural policy and research

Women are farmers and agricultural laborers in every part of the world. They are often responsible for the storage and processing of agricultural products. In some parts of the world, they play a key role in marketing crops. In almost all contexts, they play a central role in ensuring household food security, a goal that in turn affects crop choice and other agricultural decisions. Thus, every agricultural intervention is likely to impact women and, depending on the particular context of gender relations, impact them differently from men. read more...

Business models to benefit women and men farmers: LINK methodology with gender lens

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This story by Tatiana Gumucio originally written for the CIAT blog tells about how adding a specific gender lens to the already proven LINK methodology (set of tools for developing inclusive business models) can help promote business environment that better serves both men and women smallholder farmers. The pilot testing of the updated LINK was carried out with vegetable and cocoa producer organizations in Honduras and Nicaragua, and the case studies are summarized below.  read more...

PIM Newsletter: April – June 2016

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An overview of our news over the last three months, including the traditional PIM Director's note, stories from the blogs of our partners, some great insights from the EnGendering Data blog, calendar of upcoming events, and a long list of recent publications.

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Getting a GRIPP on sustainable groundwater management

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A new multi-partner initiative aims to support and scale up practical solutions for groundwater management for sustainable development and food security.

Did you know that 30% of all freshwater on Earth is groundwater? Hidden from the eye beneath the earth’s surface in soil pore spaces and in the fractures of rock formations, groundwater supports global food security, contributes to public health, and is a critical factor in economic growth. Groundwater is a lifeline for communities, especially when rains fall short.  It underpins most terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and the products and services they provide.  read more...