Journal article: Aspirations and the role of social protection: Evidence from a natural disaster in rural Pakistan

Citizens’ aspirations are increasingly recognized as an important dimension of their well-being. Those with high aspirations set ambitious goals for themselves, and those with low aspirations may fall prey to a poverty trap. Do natural disasters negatively impact aspirations? If so, can governments blunt these effects? The new article in the World Development by Katrina Kosec and Cecilia >> Read more

Measuring women’s empowerment: three new papers

Three new working papers just published by the World Bank Group analyze the three key constructs in women’s empowerment: time use, women’s agency, and ownership and control of assets. The papers are part of a broader collaboration among several researchers to improve the measurement of these constructs, known both for their centrality in the current policy debate on gender equality and for the challenges posed by their measurement.

New paper discusses women’s land rights as a pathway to poverty reduction

The new IFPRI discussion paper reviews the literature on women's land rights (WLR) and poverty reduction. It adapts the Gender, Agriculture and Assets Project (GAAP) conceptual framework to identify pathways by which WLR could reduce poverty and increase wellbeing of women and their households in rural areas.

New ASTI/AWARD portal supports women’s representation in African agricultural research

Women contribute important insights in agricultural research. Whether as government researchers, university professors, or senior research managers, their perspectives are essential for addressing the unique and pressing challenges of all farmers, particularly female farmers. Hiring women can also help alleviate staffing shortages in many African agricultural research agencies. These are a few of many good >> Read more

Webinar recording: What levels and composition of investment best serve global objectives of sustainable development?

Our second webinar in the May-October 2017 monthly series, conducted by Mark Rosegrant, Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute, was dedicated to findings from a recent analysis of the impacts of alternative agricultural investments on global objectives of sustainable development. Watch the webinar recording