New grant equips researchers to advance gender-responsive agricultural research in sub-Saharan Africa

GREAT (Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation) is a new project that will equip researchers to create more inclusive and effective agricultural systems by addressing the priorities of both women and men in sub-Saharan Africa.   Achieving greater parity among women and men in sub-Saharan Africa so they more equally share the benefits of agricultural research >> Read more

New post on EnGendering Data Blog: Debunking the myth of female labor in African agriculture

EnGendering Data, a blog on improving data on the role of gender in agriculture, has a new post on female labor in African agriculture. Cheryl Doss shares new studies that "offer our most detailed understanding to date of rural economies in Africa" and challenge the widely cited "fact" that women in Africa provide 60-80% of the labor in agriculture. >> Read more

New publication on agricultural R&D in Africa: Promoting Women’s Participation in Agricultural Research

by Nienke Beintema, Head of the Agricultural Science & Technology Indicators (ASTI) initiative, IFPRI While the number of female researchers employed in the agricultural research and development (R&D) in Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) has increased substantially in recent years, women are still significantly underrepresented in many countries. This is one of the findings >> Read more

Landesa publishes women’s land rights guides & infographic on women’s land rights

View original announcement here: http://www.landesa.org/news/landesa-publishes-womens-land-rights-guides-for-development-practicioners/ The Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights has created four new practice guides, which are practical resources for development practitioners, researchers, lawyers, advocates, and scholars to assess the situation for women’s land rights in three countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. They address both the formal legal structure and the customary framework >> Read more

New CCAFS Working Paper reveals gender gap in adaptation capacity to climate change in Africa

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) has published a new working paper, How resilient are farming households, communities, men and women to a changing climate in Africa? (PDF), that highlights the gender gap in ownership of productive land and access to agricultural support services in Sub-Saharan Africa-- both of which are critical >> Read more

Gender-Based Policies and Economic Growth

The World Bank’s policy note series Economic Premise recently put out a note on “Measuring the Effect of Gender-Based Policies on Economic Growth”. The note lays out a framework for quantifying the growth effects of gender-based policies in developing economies, a powerful and practical tool for policy makers and policy researchers. This tool was developed >> Read more

Resource: Gender Mapper

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) are developing a "gender map" of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to better understand how to target agricultural interventions to women and men farmers. To see the progress thus far and to full out the survey access it here The >> Read more

Publication: Understanding the Complexities Surrounding Gender Differences in Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria and Uganda

We investigate gender differences in agricultural productivity in Nigeria and Uganda. Results indicate persistent lower productivity on female-owned plots and among female-headed households, accounting for a range of socio-economic variables, agricultural inputs and crop choices using multivariate tobit models. Results are robust to inclusion of household-level unobservables and alternative specifications that account for decisions to >> Read more

Publication: Gender & agroforestry in Africa: Are women participating?

This report synthesises the results of a review of 104 studies on gender and the adoption of agroforestry in Africa, and aims to identify strategies that challenge gender imbalances in development initiatives. It explores women's participation in agroforestry, including their ability to manage agroforestry practices, access to agroforestry information, and how they benefit from agroforestry. >> Read more

Publication: Rural Women and Corporate Investment in African Land

Joint Oxfam and ActionAid paper prepared by Nidhi Tandon, Marc Wegerif and Catherine Access it here: http://landforafricanwomen.org/sites/default/files/docs/Rural%20Women%20and%20Corporate%20Investment%20in%20African%20Land.pdf