Cash or food transfers combined with behavior change communication reduce intimate partner violence: evidence from Bangladesh

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is widespread globally, with estimates showing that nearly 1 in 3 adult women worldwide have experienced some form of IPV. South Asia has among the highest regional rates in the world, with 41 percent prevalence of IPV. In Bangladesh, one survey found that 72.6 percent of married women reported experiencing violence at the hands of their husbands, and another showed that 74 percent of men reported inflicting violence on their wives.

Journal article: Using cognitive interviewing to improve the WEAI survey instruments

The purpose of cognitive interviewing is to systematically identify and analyze sources of response error in surveys, and to use that information to improve the quality and accuracy of survey instruments. The new paper describes the cognitive interviews undertaken in Bangladesh and Uganda in 2014 as part of the second round of pilots intended to refine the original version of the Women’s Empowerment in Agricultural Index (WEAI).

Journal article: Women in agriculture: Four myths

This paper by Cheryl Doss, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Agnes Quisumbing, and Sophie Theis just published in Global Food Security inspects four pervasive gender myths: 1) Women account for 70% of the world's poor; 2) Women produce 60–80% of the world's food; 3) Women own 1% of the world's land; and 4) Women are better stewards of the environment.

Restoring forest landscapes: A question of community rights

New FORESTS NEWS blog discusses what forest landscape restoration means for tenure, governance, and communities in advancement of the CIFOR-GIZ workshop to be held tomorrow (November 3) in Bonn, Germany.

PIM symposium on rural transformation at the International Conference of Agricultural Economists 2018: Call for papers

PIM will organize a pre-conference symposium "Rural Transformation in the 21st Century: The Challenges of Low-Income, Late-Transforming Countries" as part of the next International Conference of Agricultural Economists. The symposium will be convened as the Second Annual Social Science Conference of CGIAR. Contributions are invited from CGIAR scientists, research partners, and IAAE members.