NEW FROM IFPRI AUTHORS: Ensuring women’s access to irrigation in the household: Beyond quotas

The following post was written by Nicole Lefore, as related to the Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Innovation (ILSSI) project. You can read more about ILSSI here and view the original blog post here. * * * Donors and governments rely on quotas as a primary indicator in many projects and programs to try to increase women’s participation >> Read more

BLOG SERIES: ‘Her Series’ – Oxfam hosts discussion on women’s economic empowerment

Oxfam has launched a new blog series focusing on women's economic empowerment and equality with contributors from Oxfam, INGOs, women's organisations and academia. Throughout August, Oxfam Policy and Practice will be hosting and highlighting discussions and research on women's economic empowerment and equality through a new series called 'Her Series'. This series coincides with the work >> Read more

International Women’s Day 2016: Empowering women with data and evidence in Bangladesh

One of a researcher’s biggest fears is that research outputs go unread, gathering dust on people’s shelves before ending up in the recycling bin.  However, this fear was unfounded for our work on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), which has gone from esoteric research tool to a widely-used data collection tool that has >> Read more

What would it really take to strengthen women’s land rights?

The issue of women’s land rights for land restoration will be discussed at a high-level panel “This Land is Our Land: Gender perspectives on tenure and rights” at the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, December 6.  In preparation for that event, we have asked a number of experts: “What would it take to strengthen women’s >> Read more

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

New blogpost by Cheryl Doss (Senior Lecturer in African Studies and Economics at Yale University and Leader of cross-cutting gender research, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets – PIM) and Caitlin Kieran (Senior Research Assistant on Gender, PIM) as part of the CGIAR Talking Science blog competition: Women’s landownership: Why we need to set the >> Read more

Investments in Women Can End Global Hunger

Commentary - Investments in Women Can End Global Hunger By Catherine Bertini *Reblogged from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs Ending hunger and ending poverty are goals on which we all agree. The world has thousands of schemes to attempt to achieve these goals, but we often overlook the simplest, most direct and effective method >> Read more

Gates Blog: The Importance of Investing in Women Farmers

Last week was an exciting time to be working for women farmers as they contribute to poverty reduction and agriculture development. Two new reports articulated the business case why we should all be targeting our efforts and resources to getting women farmers the tools and resources they need to manage productive farms and control the >> Read more

Opinion: Where is Gender in the Land Grab Debate?

Large-scale deals of land by foreign investors in developing countries--also referred to as ‘land grabs’-- have generated considerable attention; however little attention has been paid to the gender dimensions of these deals. A gender perspective is critical to truly understand the impact of land deals. Women and men have different social roles, rights and opportunities >> Read more


Fraternité Matin, one of the largest circulating newspapers in Cote d’Ivoire, published a new French Nourishing the Planet opinion editorial on the role of women as the guardians of food security. To read

Opinion: Bachelet faces uphill battle at U.N. Women

By ANDRES OPPENHEIMER Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is a smart, highly-educated politician, and a skillful negotiator, but I wonder whether she did the right thing in agreeing to head the United Nations' new agency for women's rights, scheduled to start operating Jan. 1. She will face formidable obstacles to get things done. Her $500 >> Read more