New paper on relationship between autonomy and decision making contributes to understanding and measurement of women’s empowerment

Despite widespread agreement on the importance of women’s empowerment, ambiguity still exists about how best to define and measure it. Authors of the new paper use a framework developed by psychologists and data from Bangladesh and Ghana to examine if intrahousehold decision making (sole or joint) is correlated with autonomous motivation.

Journal article: Women’s empowerment in agriculture and agricultural productivity

The new paper documents a positive relationship between maize productivity in western Kenya and women’s empowerment in agriculture, measured using indicators derived from the abbreviated version of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index.

Do men and women benefit equally from technology adoption? New paper explores

Researchers have sought to understand what keeps women’s observed rates of agricultural technology adoption low. But what happens after a new technology is adopted by a household? Do women’s lives really become better? Are they more empowered? A new paper explores these questions using the example of adopting small-scale irrigation technologies in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania.

CGIAR on International Women’s Day – a day to educate and to celebrate

In advance of International Women’s Day this year we spoke with our Director Karen Brooks about the gender research in CGIAR, its role in PIM, and why, in Karen's opinion, "quality, opportunism (in the good sense of the term), and voice" are important for the gender research to achieve the greatest impact.

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).