Gender, headship, and the life cycle: Landownership in four Asian countries

Despite increasing evidence that households do not always function as one, policies regarding land and property rights are often formulated at the household level, assuming the primary adult male is the landowner. Because land policy reform has typically focused on changing household, rather than individual, rights to land, many of the data are collected at >> Read more

How sex-disaggregated land statistics can help monitor progress of the new Sustainable Development Goals

For decades feminist economists and women’s rights advocates have made the case that the lack of data on women’s land rights has limited the ability to understand how this affects food security and rural poverty. However, recent developments may help us to overcome this challenge. The new SDGs have identified women’s land rights as a >> Read more

Plotting to get the word out: Gender and land research

Ruth Meinzen-Dick and Agnes Quisumbing are International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) researchers closely working with PIM on various topics including property rights and gender. In this blog, they share their experience and ideas about best ways to publicize results of scientific research.  A colleague asked us recently about the “secret” behind IFPRI’s strategy to share >> Read more

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 >> Read more

Killer factcheck: ‘Women own 2% of land’ = not true. What do we really know about women and land?

This blog was originally written for oxfamblogs. Cheryl Doss argues that (as with ‘70% of the world’s poor are women‘) we need to stop using the unfounded ‘women own 2% of theworld’s farmland’ stat, and start using some of the real numbers that are emerging (while also demanding much better gender data). Cheryl Doss is a >> Read more