New paper explores the measurement of women’s autonomy

Is women's participation in the household decisionmaking a good indicator that they also have individual decision-making power? Does autonomy equal empowerment? The new discussion paper by Greg Seymour (PIM/IFPRI) and Amber Peterman (UNICEF Innocenti) seeks to bridge existing gaps in understanding the measurement of women's autonomy through examples from Bangladesh and Ghana.

Nutrition behavior change communication causes sustained effects on infant and young child nutrition knowledge

Behavior change communication (BCC) can improve infant and young child nutrition knowledge, practices, and health outcomes. However, few studies have examined whether the improved knowledge persists after BCC activities end. The new paper assesses the effect of nutrition sensitive social protection interventions on IYCN knowledge in rural Bangladesh, both during and after intervention activities.

Index insurance as an instrument for managing risk and modernizing agricultural production

Many agricultural development programs are ideally positioned to support the widespread adoption of “sustainable intensification” technologies and management practices. While the science underlying these programs may be well-established, their actual success hinges critically on their ability to overcome a myriad of institutional and implementation challenges, particularly since many operate in environments fraught with risks, notably >> Read more

He says, she says: Exploring patterns of spousal agreement in Bangladesh

Participation in household decisions and control over assets are often used as indicators of bargaining power. Yet spouses do not necessarily provide the same answers to questions about these topics. In their discussion paper “He says, she says: Exploring patterns of spousal agreement in Bangladesh”, authors Kate Ambler, Cheryl Doss, Caitlin Kieran, and Simone Passarelli >> Read more

Mixed methods research in action: Using qualitative methods to complement quantitative approaches

Questions about the practical advantages and how-to’s of mixed-methods research are often posed by researchers who plan to collect quantitative data and are considering whether to add a qualitative component. Benefits of qualitative research stretch far beyond enhancing the interpretation of quantitative results and may even lead to greater publication and funding opportunities from richer >> Read more