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

Women’s landownership: Why we need to set the record straight

This blog was originally posted on the CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014 website and is an entry for the "Talking Science" competition Advocacy and development organizations often cite claims that “women own less than one percent of world property.” The Atlantic, tracing the claim back to a 1978 journal published by the International Labour Organization, referred to it as >> Read more

Women’s Individual and Joint Property Ownership: Effects on Household Decisionmaking

Researchers and policymakers increasingly recognize the important links between women’s property rights, household decisionmaking, and women’s empowerment. If you increase a woman’s property rights, you increase her bargaining power within the household, which can boost the productivity of that household and will also increase the woman’s overall empowerment. In their new IFPRI/PIM discussion paper Women’s >> Read more