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

Avoiding a blank stare

Using cognitive pretesting to improve the WEAI As a researcher, how often have you wondered whether survey respondents understand your survey questions? Ensuring that survey questions generate the intended information is especially tricky when asking questions on topics that don’t have standardized modules. When a carefully crafted question is met by a blank stare, giggle, >> Read more

Why rural women are integral in the upcoming climate change negotiations

We know more and more about what our planet faces as climate change intensifies and greenhouse gas emissions lead us on a probably irreversible path of global warming and uncertain rainfall patterns, at least for the next four decades. As policymakers prepare for another round of climate change negotiations in December in Lima, Peru, they are no longer only >> Read more

How much food do women produce?

This blog was originally posted on the CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014 website and is an entry for the "Talking Science" competition. Women play important roles in all smallholder farming systems. Advocates for women farmers often claim that “women produce 60-80% of the world’s food.” Occasionally, we are told that this statistic refers to food produced in developing countries, or >> Read more

CTA-ILRI African dairy value chain seminar closes with colourful results

Cross-posted from ILRI News The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) organized the CTA-ILRI African dairy value chain seminar from 21 to 24 September 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. This event was made possible thanks to funding support from CTA, the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets and on Livestock and >> Read more