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.

Webinar: The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index – What have we learned?

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), launched in 2012, has been widely used to measure and understand women’s empowerment and inclusion in the agricultural sector. This webinar will provide an overview of the tool and take stock of what we’re learning so far on women’s empowerment in agriculture based on results from surveys, ongoing pilot studies, and other analyses using WEAI data.

Webinar recording: Strengthening developing-country seed systems and markets. Policy trade-offs, unintended consequences, and operational realities

Recording of our yesterday's webinar "Strengthening developing-country seed systems and markets. Policy trade-offs, unintended consequences, and operational realities", conducted by David Spielman (IFPRI) is now available.