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NUWE VIDEO: Befondsing van vroulike boere vir 'n minder honger wêreld

NUWE VIDEO: Befondsing van vroulike boere vir 'n minder honger wêreld

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18 Augustus 2014

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Meer investering in vroueboere sal honger en armoede verlig en sal lei tot meer sosiale geregtigheid en bemagtiging vir meisies en vroue. Kyk na 'n nuwe video wat deur die Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) en Food Tank vrygestel is.


Hoe kan ons vroue in die landbou bemagtig om honger te beëindig?

Tydens die eerste en tweede wêreldoorloë het Brittanje Women's Land Armies gestig om plase oor te neem en die land te voed.

Tydens die eerste en tweede wêreldoorloë het Brittanje Women's Land Armies gestig om plase oor te neem en die land te voed.

Laas gewysig op Do 15 Oct 2020 14.34 BST

As ons honger in ons lewens gaan beëindig, moet ons vroue bemagtig. Die statistieke is bekend. Vroue maak in baie ontwikkelende lande tot die helfte van die landbou -arbeidsmag uit, maar hindernisse vir krediet, insette en voorligtingsdienste, sowel as grondbesit en -regte, beperk hul produksie.

Ons weet reeds dat as vroue gelyke toegang tot produktiewe hulpbronne het, hulle hul opbrengs kan verhoog en meer honger mense in die wêreld kan voed. En vroue is meer geneig om hul inkomste weer in hul gesinne te belê om onderwys, voeding en gesondheid te verbeter. As vroue floreer, doen gesinne en gemeenskappe dit ook.

Wat nie so bekend is nie, is hoe die ontwikkelingsgemeenskap vroue effektief kan help om die beperkings en struikelblokke wat hulle in die landbou ondervind, te oorkom, sodat hulle ten volle kan baat by landbougroei. In wese weet ons dat ons vroue moet bemagtig om honger te beëindig, maar ons weet nie altyd hoe ons dit die beste kan doen nie.

Dit is tydig dat die oproep tot beter data, monitering en evaluering in ontwikkeling, aangesien die wêreldwye verbintenis tot bemagtiging van vroue sterk is. Gereedskap soos die Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) wat deur die Amerikaanse Agentskap vir Internasionale Ontwikkeling (USAid), International Food Policy Research Institute en Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative ontwikkel is, help om die bewysbasis te bou rondom wat werk, maak bemagtiging 'n tasbare, meetbare konsep waarna ons kan werk.

By Feed the Future verwerk ons ​​die verskillende behoeftes, bekommernisse, belangstellings en rolle van mans en vroue in strategieë en intervensies in alle fases van ons aktiwiteite. Voordat ons met 'n nuwe projek begin, doen ons 'n geslagsanalise om die rolle, hulpbronne en besluitnemingsmag van vroue en mans te verstaan, veral met betrekking tot landbou. Dit help ons om geslagsgapings en -beperkings te identifiseer, asook moontlike maniere om die gapings te verminder. 'N Goeie geslagsanalise wat vroeg uitgevoer is, is die sleutel tot die ontwerp en implementering van projekte waaraan vroue wil en kan deelneem.

Die WEAI meet die bemagtiging, agentskap en insluiting van vroue in die landbousektor, veral met betrekking tot mans in hul huishoudings. Dit bied 'n sterker begrip van geslagsdinamika in huishoudings en gemeenskappe. Dit help ons ook om gebiede te verstaan ​​waarin mans en vroue in verskillende streke ontmagtig is, sodat ons beleid en programmering daar kan rig.

As ons die resultate van individuele lande ondersoek, sien ons dat beperkings tussen kulture en kontekste verskil. WEAI -bevindings toon dat 'n gebrek aan toegang tot groepslidmaatskap en spraak in die openbaar in Bangladesh die bemagtiging van vroue belemmer en dat vroue uit Bangladesj beperk is in hul beheer oor die gebruik van inkomste. Oor die hele wêreld in Honduras is beheer oor inkomste ook 'n groot bydraer tot die ontmagtiging van vroue, maar die grootste beperking vir Hondurese vroue is 'n gebrek aan toegang tot produktiewe hulpbronne soos krediet. In Kenia ly vroue aan dieselfde gebrek aan toegang tot lenings, maar word ook belemmer deur 'n baie swaar werklading en beheer oor inkomste.

Op baie maniere is die basislynstudies net die begin. Daar is 'n onvoldoende bewysbasis oor die bemagtiging van vroue in die landbou, sodat ons die impak van ons werk streng en gereeld kan meet of ons programme die bedoelde uitwerking het. Ons weet dat die aanspreek van bemagtiging op een gebied van 'n vrou se lewe die ontmagtiging op ander gebiede kan vererger, maar selfs terwyl ons dit regstel, ontdek ons ​​nuwe uitdagings. Dit moet alle organisasies wat die potensiaal van vroue erken, doen om dit te katalogiseer, betekenisvolle leiding op grond daarvan te ontwikkel en die lesse met die wêreld te deel. Ons weet egter dat dit 'n uitdaging op sigself is.

Toe ons die eerste keer Feed the Future begin, en data van ons eerste implementeringsjare het ingestroom, het ons besef dat ons programme nie soveel vroue bereik as wat ons wou nie. Selfs diegene in die programme wat meer vroue bereik het, het ons 'n ander uitdaging ontdek: min vroue neem deel aan leiersposisies in die landbou en hoër in waardekettings, soos verwerking en bemarking. Ons moes ons aannames heroorweeg en 'n gesamentlike poging aanwend om vroue te bereik en te bemagtig, en ons vennote aan te moedig om dieselfde te doen.

Die wêreld het nog steeds onafgehandelde sake as dit kom by die bevordering van geslagsgelykheid en die bemagtiging van vroue. Tog, as ons baie van die millennium -ontwikkelingsdoelwitte - en binnekort, die doelwitte vir volhoubare ontwikkeling - wil bereik, moet ons voortgaan om te beweeg van 'n verbintenis tot geslagsgelykheid na aksie. Daar is 'n gebrek aan robuuste bewyse oor hoe om dit te doen, so ons moet deel wat werk, maar ook wat nie. Albei het iets waardevols om by te voeg tot ons pogings om vroue effektief te bemagtig. Enigiets minder sou die boere en sakevroue wat ons almal probeer bereik, in die steek laat, die mense wat wêreldwye honger kan beëindig.

Tjada McKenna is assistent van die administrateur van die USAid Bureau for Food Security en adjunk -koördineerder vir ontwikkeling vir Feed the Future. Volg @Tjada op Twitter.

Food for Thought is 'n maandelikse reeks wat idees saamstel oor die bereiking van die doel van nul honger van leiers in die private, openbare en liefdadigheidsektor.

Sluit aan by die gemeenskap van professionele ontwikkelaars en kundiges in die wêreldwye ontwikkeling. Word 'n GDPN -lid om meer sulke stories direk in u inkassie te kry.


Hoe kan ons vroue in die landbou bemagtig om honger te beëindig?

Tydens die eerste en tweede wêreldoorloë het Brittanje Women's Land Armies gestig om plase oor te neem en die land te voed.

Tydens die eerste en tweede wêreldoorloë het Brittanje Women's Land Armies gestig om plase oor te neem en die land te voed.

Laas gewysig op Do 15 Oct 2020 14.34 BST

As ons honger in ons lewens gaan beëindig, moet ons vroue bemagtig. Die statistieke is bekend. Vroue maak in baie ontwikkelende lande tot die helfte van die landbou -arbeidsmag uit, maar hindernisse vir krediet, insette en voorligtingsdienste, sowel as grondbesit en -regte, beperk hul produksie.

Ons weet reeds dat as vroue gelyke toegang tot produktiewe hulpbronne het, hulle hul opbrengs kan verhoog en meer honger mense in die wêreld kan voed. En vroue is meer geneig om hul inkomste weer in hul gesinne te belê om onderwys, voeding en gesondheid te verbeter. As vroue floreer, doen gesinne en gemeenskappe dit ook.

Wat nie so bekend is nie, is hoe die ontwikkelingsgemeenskap vroue effektief kan help om die beperkings en struikelblokke wat hulle in die landbou ondervind, te oorkom, sodat hulle ten volle kan baat by landbougroei. In wese weet ons dat ons vroue moet bemagtig om honger te beëindig, maar ons weet nie altyd hoe ons dit die beste kan doen nie.

Dit is tydig dat die oproep tot beter data, monitering en evaluering in ontwikkeling, aangesien die wêreldwye verbintenis tot bemagtiging van vroue sterk is. Gereedskap soos die Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) wat deur die Amerikaanse Agentskap vir Internasionale Ontwikkeling (USAid), International Food Policy Research Institute en Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative ontwikkel is, help om die bewysbasis te bou rondom wat werk, maak bemagtiging 'n tasbare, meetbare konsep waarna ons kan werk.

By Feed the Future verwerk ons ​​die verskillende behoeftes, bekommernisse, belangstellings en rolle van mans en vroue in strategieë en intervensies in alle fases van ons aktiwiteite. Voordat ons met 'n nuwe projek begin, doen ons 'n geslagsanalise om die rolle, hulpbronne en besluitnemingsmag van vroue en mans te verstaan, veral met betrekking tot landbou. Dit help ons om geslagsgapings en -beperkings te identifiseer, asook moontlike maniere om die gapings te verminder. 'N Goeie geslagsanalise wat vroeg uitgevoer is, is die sleutel tot die ontwerp en implementering van projekte waaraan vroue wil en kan deelneem.

Die WEAI meet die bemagtiging, agentskap en insluiting van vroue in die landbousektor, veral met betrekking tot mans in hul huishoudings. Dit bied 'n sterker begrip van geslagsdinamika in huishoudings en gemeenskappe. Dit help ons ook om gebiede te verstaan ​​waarin mans en vroue in verskillende streke ontmagtig is, sodat ons beleid en programmering daar kan rig.

As ons die resultate van individuele lande ondersoek, sien ons dat beperkings tussen kulture en kontekste verskil. WEAI -bevindings toon dat 'n gebrek aan toegang tot groepslidmaatskap en spraak in die openbaar in Bangladesh die bemagtiging van vroue belemmer en dat vroue uit Bangladesj beperk is in hul beheer oor die gebruik van inkomste. Oor die hele wêreld in Honduras is beheer oor inkomste ook 'n groot bydraer tot die ontmagtiging van vroue, maar die grootste beperking vir Hondurese vroue is 'n gebrek aan toegang tot produktiewe hulpbronne soos krediet. In Kenia ly vroue aan dieselfde gebrek aan toegang tot lenings, maar word ook belemmer deur 'n baie swaar werklading en beheer oor inkomste.

Op baie maniere is die basislynstudies net die begin. Daar is 'n onvoldoende bewysbasis oor die bemagtiging van vroue in die landbou, sodat ons die impak van ons werk streng en gereeld kan meet of ons programme die bedoelde uitwerking het. Ons weet dat die aanspreek van bemagtiging op een gebied van 'n vrou se lewe die ontmagtiging op ander gebiede kan vererger, maar selfs terwyl ons dit regstel, ontdek ons ​​nuwe uitdagings. Dit moet alle organisasies wat die potensiaal van vroue erken, doen om dit te katalogiseer, betekenisvolle leiding op grond daarvan te ontwikkel en die lesse met die wêreld te deel. Ons weet egter dat dit 'n uitdaging op sigself is.

Toe ons die eerste keer Feed the Future begin, en data van ons eerste implementeringsjare het ingestroom, het ons besef dat ons programme nie soveel vroue bereik as wat ons wou nie. Selfs diegene in die programme wat meer vroue bereik het, het ons 'n ander uitdaging ontdek: min vroue neem deel aan leiersposisies in die landbou en hoër in waardekettings, soos verwerking en bemarking. Ons moes ons aannames heroorweeg en 'n gesamentlike poging aanwend om vroue te bereik en te bemagtig, en ons vennote aan te moedig om dieselfde te doen.

Die wêreld het nog steeds onafgehandelde sake as dit kom by die bevordering van geslagsgelykheid en die bemagtiging van vroue. Tog, as ons baie van die millennium -ontwikkelingsdoelwitte - en binnekort, die doelwitte vir volhoubare ontwikkeling - wil bereik, moet ons voortgaan om te beweeg van 'n verbintenis tot geslagsgelykheid na aksie. Daar is 'n gebrek aan robuuste bewyse oor hoe om dit te doen, so ons moet deel wat werk, maar ook wat nie. Albei het iets waardevols om by te voeg tot ons pogings om vroue effektief te bemagtig. Enigiets minder sou die boere en sakevroue wat ons almal probeer bereik, in die steek laat, die mense wat wêreldwye honger kan beëindig.

Tjada McKenna is assistent van die administrateur van die USAid Bureau for Food Security en adjunk -koördineerder vir ontwikkeling vir Feed the Future. Volg @Tjada op Twitter.

Food for Thought is 'n maandelikse reeks wat idees saamstel oor die bereiking van die doel van nul honger van leiers in die private, openbare en liefdadigheidsektor.

Sluit aan by die gemeenskap van professionele ontwikkelaars en kundiges in die wêreldwye ontwikkeling. Word 'n GDPN -lid om meer sulke stories direk in u inkassie te kry.


Hoe kan ons vroue in die landbou bemagtig om honger te beëindig?

Tydens die eerste en tweede wêreldoorloë het Brittanje Women's Land Armies gestig om plase oor te neem en die land te voed.

Tydens die eerste en tweede wêreldoorloë het Brittanje Women's Land Armies gestig om plase oor te neem en die land te voed.

Laas gewysig op Do 15 Oct 2020 14.34 BST

As ons honger in ons lewens gaan beëindig, moet ons vroue bemagtig. Die statistieke is bekend. Vroue maak in baie ontwikkelende lande tot die helfte van die landbou -arbeidsmag uit, maar hindernisse vir krediet, insette en voorligtingsdienste, sowel as grondbesit en -regte, beperk hul produksie.

Ons weet reeds dat as vroue gelyke toegang tot produktiewe hulpbronne het, hulle hul opbrengs kan verhoog en meer honger mense in die wêreld kan voed. En vroue is meer geneig om hul inkomste weer in hul gesinne te belê om onderwys, voeding en gesondheid te verbeter. As vroue floreer, doen gesinne en gemeenskappe dit ook.

Wat nie so bekend is nie, is hoe die ontwikkelingsgemeenskap vroue effektief kan help om die beperkings en struikelblokke wat hulle in die landbou ondervind, te oorkom, sodat hulle ten volle kan baat by landbougroei. In wese weet ons dat ons vroue moet bemagtig om honger te beëindig, maar ons weet nie altyd hoe ons dit die beste kan doen nie.

Dit is tydig dat die oproep tot beter data, monitering en evaluering in ontwikkeling, aangesien die wêreldwye verbintenis tot bemagtiging van vroue sterk is. Gereedskap soos die Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) wat deur die Amerikaanse Agentskap vir Internasionale Ontwikkeling (USAid), International Food Policy Research Institute en Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative ontwikkel is, help om die bewysbasis te bou rondom wat werk, maak bemagtiging 'n tasbare, meetbare konsep waarna ons kan werk.

By Feed the Future verwerk ons ​​die verskillende behoeftes, bekommernisse, belangstellings en rolle van mans en vroue in strategieë en intervensies in alle fases van ons aktiwiteite. Voordat ons met 'n nuwe projek begin, doen ons 'n geslagsanalise om die rolle, hulpbronne en besluitnemingsmag van vroue en mans te verstaan, veral met betrekking tot landbou. Dit help ons om geslagsgapings en -beperkings te identifiseer, asook moontlike maniere om die gapings te verminder. 'N Goeie geslagsanalise wat vroeg uitgevoer is, is die sleutel tot die ontwerp en implementering van projekte waaraan vroue wil en kan deelneem.

Die WEAI meet die bemagtiging, agentskap en insluiting van vroue in die landbousektor, veral ten opsigte van mans in hul huishoudings. Dit bied 'n sterker begrip van geslagsdinamika in huishoudings en gemeenskappe. Dit help ons ook om gebiede te verstaan ​​waarin mans en vroue in verskillende streke ontmagtig is, sodat ons beleid en programmering daar kan rig.

As ons die resultate van individuele lande ondersoek, sien ons dat beperkings tussen kulture en kontekste verskil. WEAI -bevindings toon dat 'n gebrek aan toegang tot groepslidmaatskap en spraak in die openbaar in Bangladesh die bemagtiging van vroue belemmer en dat vroue uit Bangladesj beperk is in hul beheer oor die gebruik van inkomste. Oor die hele wêreld in Honduras is beheer oor inkomste ook 'n groot bydraer tot die ontmagtiging van vroue, maar die grootste beperking vir Hondurese vroue is 'n gebrek aan toegang tot produktiewe hulpbronne soos krediet. In Kenia ly vroue aan dieselfde gebrek aan toegang tot lenings, maar word ook belemmer deur 'n baie swaar werklading en beheer oor inkomste.

Op baie maniere is die basislynstudies net die begin. Daar is 'n onvoldoende bewysbasis oor die bemagtiging van vroue in die landbou, sodat ons die impak van ons werk streng en gereeld kan meet of ons programme die bedoelde uitwerking het. Ons weet dat die aanspreek van bemagtiging op een gebied van 'n vrou se lewe die ontmagtiging op ander gebiede kan vererger, maar selfs terwyl ons dit regstel, ontdek ons ​​nuwe uitdagings. Dit moet alle organisasies wat die potensiaal van vroue erken, doen om dit te katalogiseer, betekenisvolle leiding op grond daarvan te ontwikkel en die lesse met die wêreld te deel. Ons weet egter dat dit 'n uitdaging op sigself is.

Toe ons die eerste keer Feed the Future begin, en data van ons eerste implementeringsjare het ingestroom, het ons besef dat ons programme nie soveel vroue bereik as wat ons wou nie. Selfs diegene in die programme wat meer vroue bereik het, het ons 'n ander uitdaging ontdek: min vroue neem deel aan leiersposisies in die landbou en hoër in waardekettings, soos verwerking en bemarking. Ons moes ons aannames heroorweeg en 'n gesamentlike poging aanwend om vroue te bereik en te bemagtig, en ons vennote aan te moedig om dieselfde te doen.

Die wêreld het nog steeds onafgehandelde sake as dit kom by die bevordering van geslagsgelykheid en die bemagtiging van vroue. Tog, as ons baie van die millennium -ontwikkelingsdoelwitte - en binnekort, die doelwitte vir volhoubare ontwikkeling - wil bereik, moet ons voortgaan om te beweeg van 'n verbintenis tot geslagsgelykheid na aksie. Daar is 'n gebrek aan robuuste bewyse oor hoe om dit te doen, so ons moet deel wat werk, maar ook wat nie. Albei het iets waardevols om by te voeg tot ons pogings om vroue effektief te bemagtig. Enigiets minder sou die boere en sakevroue wat ons almal probeer bereik, in die steek laat, die mense wat wêreldwye honger kan beëindig.

Tjada McKenna is assistent van die administrateur van die USAid Bureau for Food Security en adjunk -koördineerder vir ontwikkeling vir Feed the Future. Volg @Tjada op Twitter.

Food for Thought is 'n maandelikse reeks wat idees saamstel oor die bereiking van die doel van nul honger van leiers in die private, openbare en liefdadigheidsektor.

Sluit aan by die gemeenskap van professionele ontwikkelaars en kundiges in die wêreldwye ontwikkeling. Word 'n GDPN -lid om meer sulke stories direk in u inkassie te kry.


Hoe kan ons vroue in die landbou bemagtig om honger te beëindig?

Tydens die eerste en tweede wêreldoorloë het Brittanje Women's Land Armies gestig om plase oor te neem en die land te voed.

Tydens die eerste en tweede wêreldoorloë het Brittanje Women's Land Armies gestig om plase oor te neem en die land te voed.

Laas gewysig op Do 15 Oct 2020 14.34 BST

As ons honger in ons lewens gaan beëindig, moet ons vroue bemagtig. Die statistieke is bekend. Vroue maak in baie ontwikkelende lande tot die helfte van die landbou -arbeidsmag uit, maar hindernisse vir krediet, insette en voorligtingsdienste, sowel as grondbesit en -regte, beperk hul produksie.

Ons weet reeds dat as vroue gelyke toegang tot produktiewe hulpbronne het, hulle hul opbrengs kan verhoog en meer honger mense in die wêreld kan voed. En vroue is meer geneig om hul inkomste weer in hul gesinne te belê om onderwys, voeding en gesondheid te verbeter. As vroue floreer, doen gesinne en gemeenskappe dit ook.

Wat nie so bekend is nie, is hoe die ontwikkelingsgemeenskap vroue effektief kan help om die beperkings en struikelblokke wat hulle in die landbou ondervind, te oorkom, sodat hulle ten volle kan baat by landbougroei. In wese weet ons dat ons vroue moet bemagtig om honger te beëindig, maar ons weet nie altyd hoe ons dit die beste kan doen nie.

Dit is tydig dat die oproep tot beter data, monitering en evaluering in ontwikkeling, aangesien die wêreldwye verbintenis tot bemagtiging van vroue sterk is. Gereedskap soos die Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) wat ontwikkel is deur die Amerikaanse Agentskap vir Internasionale Ontwikkeling (USAid), International Food Policy Research Institute en Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, help om die bewysbasis te bou rondom wat werk, maak bemagtiging 'n tasbare, meetbare konsep waarna ons kan werk.

By Feed the Future verwerk ons ​​die verskillende behoeftes, bekommernisse, belangstellings en rolle van mans en vroue in strategieë en intervensies in alle fases van ons aktiwiteite. Voordat ons met 'n nuwe projek begin, doen ons 'n geslagsanalise om die rolle, hulpbronne en besluitnemingsmag van vroue en mans te verstaan, veral met betrekking tot landbou. Dit help ons om geslagsgapings en -beperkings te identifiseer, asook moontlike maniere om die gapings te verminder. 'N Goeie geslagsanalise wat vroeg uitgevoer is, is die sleutel tot die ontwerp en implementering van projekte waaraan vroue wil en kan deelneem.

Die WEAI meet die bemagtiging, agentskap en insluiting van vroue in die landbousektor, veral met betrekking tot mans in hul huishoudings. Dit bied 'n sterker begrip van geslagsdinamika in huishoudings en gemeenskappe. Dit help ons ook om gebiede te verstaan ​​waarin mans en vroue in verskillende streke ontmagtig is, sodat ons beleid en programmering daar kan rig.

As ons die resultate van individuele lande ondersoek, sien ons dat beperkings tussen kulture en kontekste verskil. WEAI -bevindings toon dat 'n gebrek aan toegang tot groepslidmaatskap en spraak in die openbaar in Bangladesh die bemagtiging van vroue belemmer en dat vroue uit Bangladesj beperk is in hul beheer oor die gebruik van inkomste. Oor die hele wêreld in Honduras is beheer oor inkomste ook 'n groot bydraer tot die ontmagtiging van vroue, maar die grootste beperking vir Hondurese vroue is 'n gebrek aan toegang tot produktiewe hulpbronne soos krediet. In Kenia ly vroue aan dieselfde gebrek aan toegang tot lenings, maar word ook belemmer deur 'n baie swaar werklading en beheer oor inkomste.

Op baie maniere is die basislynstudies net die begin. Daar is 'n onvoldoende bewysbasis oor die bemagtiging van vroue in die landbou, sodat ons die impak van ons werk streng en gereeld kan meet of ons programme die bedoelde uitwerking het. Ons weet dat die aanspreek van bemagtiging op een gebied van 'n vrou se lewe die ontmagtiging op ander gebiede kan vererger, maar selfs terwyl ons dit regstel, ontdek ons ​​nuwe uitdagings. Dit moet alle organisasies wat die potensiaal van vroue erken, doen om dit te katalogiseer, betekenisvolle leiding op grond daarvan te ontwikkel en die lesse met die wêreld te deel. Ons weet egter dat dit 'n uitdaging op sigself is.

Toe ons die eerste keer Feed the Future begin, en data van ons eerste implementeringsjare het ingestroom, het ons besef dat ons programme nie soveel vroue bereik as wat ons wou nie. Selfs diegene in die programme wat meer vroue bereik het, het ons 'n ander uitdaging ontdek: min vroue neem deel aan leiersposisies in die landbou en hoër in waardekettings, soos verwerking en bemarking. Ons moes ons aannames heroorweeg en 'n gesamentlike poging aanwend om vroue te bereik en te bemagtig, en ons vennote aan te moedig om dieselfde te doen.

Die wêreld het nog steeds onafgehandelde sake as dit kom by die bevordering van geslagsgelykheid en die bemagtiging van vroue. Tog, as ons baie van die millennium -ontwikkelingsdoelwitte - en binnekort, die doelwitte vir volhoubare ontwikkeling - wil bereik, moet ons voortgaan om te beweeg van 'n verbintenis tot geslagsgelykheid na aksie. Daar is 'n gebrek aan robuuste bewyse oor hoe om dit te doen, so ons moet deel wat werk, maar ook wat nie. Albei het iets waardevols om by te voeg tot ons pogings om vroue effektief te bemagtig. Enigiets minder sou die boere en sakevroue wat ons almal probeer bereik, in die steek laat, die mense wat wêreldwye honger kan beëindig.

Tjada McKenna is assistent van die administrateur van die USAid Bureau for Food Security en adjunk -koördineerder vir ontwikkeling vir Feed the Future. Volg @Tjada op Twitter.

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Hoe kan ons vroue in die landbou bemagtig om honger te beëindig?

Tydens die eerste en tweede wêreldoorloë het Brittanje Women's Land Armies gestig om plase oor te neem en die land te voed.

Tydens die eerste en tweede wêreldoorloë het Brittanje Women's Land Armies gestig om plase oor te neem en die land te voed.

Laas gewysig op Do 15 Oct 2020 14.34 BST

As ons honger in ons lewens gaan beëindig, moet ons vroue bemagtig. Die statistieke is bekend. Vroue maak in baie ontwikkelende lande tot die helfte van die landbou -arbeidsmag uit, maar hindernisse vir krediet, insette en voorligtingsdienste, sowel as grondbesit en -regte, beperk hul produksie.

Ons weet reeds dat as vroue gelyke toegang tot produktiewe hulpbronne het, hulle hul opbrengs kan verhoog en meer honger mense in die wêreld kan voed. En vroue is meer geneig om hul inkomste weer in hul gesinne te belê om onderwys, voeding en gesondheid te verbeter. As vroue floreer, doen gesinne en gemeenskappe dit ook.

Wat nie so bekend is nie, is hoe die ontwikkelingsgemeenskap vroue effektief kan help om die beperkings en struikelblokke wat hulle in die landbou ondervind, te oorkom, sodat hulle ten volle kan baat by landbougroei. In wese weet ons dat ons vroue moet bemagtig om honger te beëindig, maar ons weet nie altyd hoe ons dit die beste kan doen nie.

Dit is tydig dat die oproep tot beter data, monitering en evaluering in ontwikkeling, aangesien die wêreldwye verbintenis tot bemagtiging van vroue sterk is. Gereedskap soos die Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) wat ontwikkel is deur die Amerikaanse Agentskap vir Internasionale Ontwikkeling (USAid), International Food Policy Research Institute en Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, help om die bewysbasis te bou rondom wat werk, maak bemagtiging 'n tasbare, meetbare konsep waarna ons kan werk.

By Feed the Future verwerk ons ​​die verskillende behoeftes, bekommernisse, belangstellings en rolle van mans en vroue in strategieë en intervensies in alle fases van ons aktiwiteite. Voordat ons met 'n nuwe projek begin, doen ons 'n geslagsanalise om die rolle, hulpbronne en besluitnemingsmag van vroue en mans te verstaan, veral met betrekking tot landbou. Dit help ons om geslagsgapings en -beperkings te identifiseer, asook moontlike maniere om die gapings te verminder. 'N Goeie geslagsanalise wat vroeg uitgevoer is, is die sleutel tot die ontwerp en implementering van projekte waaraan vroue wil en kan deelneem.

Die WEAI meet die bemagtiging, agentskap en insluiting van vroue in die landbousektor, veral met betrekking tot mans in hul huishoudings. Dit bied 'n sterker begrip van geslagsdinamika in huishoudings en gemeenskappe. Dit help ons ook om gebiede te verstaan ​​waarin mans en vroue in verskillende streke ontmagtig is, sodat ons beleid en programmering daar kan rig.

As ons die resultate van individuele lande ondersoek, sien ons dat beperkings tussen kulture en kontekste verskil. WEAI -bevindings toon dat 'n gebrek aan toegang tot groepslidmaatskap en spraak in die openbaar in Bangladesh die bemagtiging van vroue belemmer en dat vroue uit Bangladesj beperk is in hul beheer oor die gebruik van inkomste. Oor die hele wêreld in Honduras is beheer oor inkomste ook 'n groot bydraer tot die ontmagtiging van vroue, maar die grootste beperking vir Hondurese vroue is 'n gebrek aan toegang tot produktiewe hulpbronne soos krediet. In Kenia ly vroue aan dieselfde gebrek aan toegang tot lenings, maar word ook belemmer deur 'n baie swaar werklading en beheer oor inkomste.

Op baie maniere is die basislynstudies net die begin. Daar is 'n onvoldoende bewysbasis oor die bemagtiging van vroue in die landbou, sodat ons die impak van ons werk streng en gereeld kan meet of ons programme die bedoelde uitwerking het. Ons weet dat die aanspreek van bemagtiging op een gebied van 'n vrou se lewe die ontmagtiging op ander gebiede kan vererger, maar selfs terwyl ons dit regstel, ontdek ons ​​nuwe uitdagings. Dit moet alle organisasies wat die potensiaal van vroue erken, doen om dit te katalogiseer, betekenisvolle leiding op grond daarvan te ontwikkel en die lesse met die wêreld te deel. Ons weet egter dat dit 'n uitdaging op sigself is.

Toe ons die eerste keer Feed the Future begin, en data van ons eerste implementeringsjare het ingestroom, het ons besef dat ons programme nie soveel vroue bereik as wat ons wou nie. Selfs diegene in die programme wat meer vroue bereik het, het ons 'n ander uitdaging ontdek: min vroue neem deel aan leiersposisies in die landbou en hoër in waardekettings, soos verwerking en bemarking. Ons moes ons aannames heroorweeg en 'n gesamentlike poging aanwend om vroue te bereik en te bemagtig, en ons vennote aan te moedig om dieselfde te doen.

Die wêreld het nog steeds onafgehandelde sake as dit kom by die bevordering van geslagsgelykheid en die bemagtiging van vroue. Tog, as ons baie van die millennium -ontwikkelingsdoelwitte - en binnekort, die doelwitte vir volhoubare ontwikkeling - wil bereik, moet ons voortgaan om te beweeg van 'n verbintenis tot geslagsgelykheid na aksie. Daar is 'n gebrek aan robuuste bewyse oor hoe om dit te doen, so ons moet deel wat werk, maar ook wat nie. Albei het iets waardevols om by te voeg tot ons pogings om vroue effektief te bemagtig. Enigiets minder sou die boere en sakevroue wat ons almal probeer bereik, in die steek laat, die mense wat wêreldwye honger kan beëindig.

Tjada McKenna is assistent van die administrateur van die USAid Bureau for Food Security en adjunk -koördineerder vir ontwikkeling vir Feed the Future. Volg @Tjada op Twitter.

Food for Thought is 'n maandelikse reeks wat idees saamstel oor die bereiking van die doel van nul honger van leiers in die private, openbare en liefdadigheidsektor.

Sluit aan by die gemeenskap van professionele ontwikkelaars en kundiges in die wêreldwye ontwikkeling. Word 'n GDPN -lid om meer sulke stories direk in u inkassie te kry.


Hoe kan ons vroue in die landbou bemagtig om honger te beëindig?

Tydens die eerste en tweede wêreldoorloë het Brittanje Women's Land Armies gestig om plase oor te neem en die land te voed.

Tydens die eerste en tweede wêreldoorloë het Brittanje Women's Land Armies gestig om plase oor te neem en die land te voed.

Laas gewysig op Do 15 Oct 2020 14.34 BST

As ons honger in ons lewens gaan beëindig, moet ons vroue bemagtig. Die statistieke is bekend. Vroue maak in baie ontwikkelende lande tot die helfte van die landbou -arbeidsmag uit, maar hindernisse vir krediet, insette en voorligtingsdienste, sowel as grondbesit en -regte, beperk hul produksie.

Ons weet reeds dat as vroue gelyke toegang tot produktiewe hulpbronne het, hulle hul opbrengs kan verhoog en meer honger mense in die wêreld kan voed. En vroue is meer geneig om hul inkomste weer in hul gesinne te belê om onderwys, voeding en gesondheid te verbeter. As vroue floreer, doen gesinne en gemeenskappe dit ook.

What’s not as well-known is how the development community can effectively help women overcome the constraints and barriers they face in agriculture so they can fully benefit from agricultural growth. In essence, we know we need to empower women if we are to end hunger, but we don’t always know how best to do that.

It’s timely then that as the global commitment to women’s empowerment is strong, so is the call for better data, monitoring and evaluation in development. Tools such as the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, (WEAI) developed by the US Agency for International Development (USAid), International Food Policy Research Institute, and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative , are helping to build the evidence base around what works, making empowerment a tangible, measurable concept we can work towards.

At Feed the Future we are incorporating the different needs, concerns, interests and roles of men and women into strategies and interventions at all stages of our activities. Prior to starting any new project, we conduct a gender analysis to understand women and men’s roles, resources and decision-making power, particularly in regards to agriculture. This helps us identify gender gaps and constraints, along with possible ways for reducing those gaps. A good gender analysis, carried out early, is key to designing and implementing projects that women want to and can participate in.

The WEAI measures the empowerment, agency and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector, particularly relative to men in their households. This provides a more robust understanding of gender dynamics within households and communities. It is also helping us understand areas in which men and women in different regions are disempowered so we can target policy and programming there.

When we drill down on individual country results, we see that constraints vary across cultures and contexts. WEAI findings show that in Bangladesh, a lack of access to group membership and speaking in public hamper women’s empowerment and that Bangladeshi women are constrained in their control over use of income. Across the world in Honduras, control over income is also a major contributor to women’s disempowerment, but the greatest constraint for Honduran women is lack of access to productive resources such as credit. In Kenya, women suffer from the same lack of access to loans, but are also hindered by a very heavy workload and control over income.

In many ways, the baseline studies are just the start. There is an insufficient evidence base on women’s empowerment in agriculture so measuring the impact of our work, rigorously and often, enables us to know if our programmes are having the intended effect. We know that addressing empowerment in one area of a woman’s life could exacerbate disempowerment in other areas but even as we course correct, we’re uncovering new challenges. Cataloging those, developing meaningful guidance based on them, and sharing those lessons with the world is what all organisations who recognise the potential of women should be doing. However, we know firs hand that is a challenge in and of itself.

When we first started Feed the Future, and data from our first years of implementation rolled in, we realised our programmes weren’t reaching as many women as we wanted. Even those in the programmes that were reaching more women, we discovered another challenge: few women participate in leadership positions in agriculture and higher up in value chains, such as in processing and marketing. We had to revisit our assumptions and make a concerted effort to reach and empower women, and encourage our partners to do the sameWe also had to think through how to empower women to better participate in markets and promote women’s leadership in agriculture.

The world still has unfinished business when it comes to promoting gender equality and empowering women. Yet if we are to reach many of the millennium development goals - and soon, the sustainable development goals - we must continue to move from a commitment to gender equality to action. There is a lack of robust evidence on how to do this, so we must share what’s working, but also what isn’t. Both have something valuable to add to our efforts to effectively empower women. Anything less would be failing the farmers and businesswomen we’re all working to reach, the very people who can end global hunger.

Tjada McKenna is assistant to the administrator for the USAid Bureau for Food Security and deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future. Follow @Tjada on Twitter.

Food for Thought is a monthly series curating ideas on achieving the goal of zero hunger from leaders across the private, public and charity sectors.

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How can we empower women in agriculture to end hunger?

During the first and second world wars, Britain set up Women’s Land Armies to take over farms and keep the country fed.

During the first and second world wars, Britain set up Women’s Land Armies to take over farms and keep the country fed.

Last modified on Thu 15 Oct 2020 14.34 BST

If we’re going to end hunger in our lifetimes, we need to empower women. The statistics are well-known. Women make up to half of the agricultural labour force in many developing countries, but barriers to credit, inputs and extension services, as well as land ownership and rights, limit their production.

We already know that if women had equal access to productive resources, they could increase their yields and feed more hungry people in the world. And women are more likely to reinvest their income back into their families to improve education, nutrition and health. When women flourish, families and communities do too.

What’s not as well-known is how the development community can effectively help women overcome the constraints and barriers they face in agriculture so they can fully benefit from agricultural growth. In essence, we know we need to empower women if we are to end hunger, but we don’t always know how best to do that.

It’s timely then that as the global commitment to women’s empowerment is strong, so is the call for better data, monitoring and evaluation in development. Tools such as the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, (WEAI) developed by the US Agency for International Development (USAid), International Food Policy Research Institute, and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative , are helping to build the evidence base around what works, making empowerment a tangible, measurable concept we can work towards.

At Feed the Future we are incorporating the different needs, concerns, interests and roles of men and women into strategies and interventions at all stages of our activities. Prior to starting any new project, we conduct a gender analysis to understand women and men’s roles, resources and decision-making power, particularly in regards to agriculture. This helps us identify gender gaps and constraints, along with possible ways for reducing those gaps. A good gender analysis, carried out early, is key to designing and implementing projects that women want to and can participate in.

The WEAI measures the empowerment, agency and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector, particularly relative to men in their households. This provides a more robust understanding of gender dynamics within households and communities. It is also helping us understand areas in which men and women in different regions are disempowered so we can target policy and programming there.

When we drill down on individual country results, we see that constraints vary across cultures and contexts. WEAI findings show that in Bangladesh, a lack of access to group membership and speaking in public hamper women’s empowerment and that Bangladeshi women are constrained in their control over use of income. Across the world in Honduras, control over income is also a major contributor to women’s disempowerment, but the greatest constraint for Honduran women is lack of access to productive resources such as credit. In Kenya, women suffer from the same lack of access to loans, but are also hindered by a very heavy workload and control over income.

In many ways, the baseline studies are just the start. There is an insufficient evidence base on women’s empowerment in agriculture so measuring the impact of our work, rigorously and often, enables us to know if our programmes are having the intended effect. We know that addressing empowerment in one area of a woman’s life could exacerbate disempowerment in other areas but even as we course correct, we’re uncovering new challenges. Cataloging those, developing meaningful guidance based on them, and sharing those lessons with the world is what all organisations who recognise the potential of women should be doing. However, we know firs hand that is a challenge in and of itself.

When we first started Feed the Future, and data from our first years of implementation rolled in, we realised our programmes weren’t reaching as many women as we wanted. Even those in the programmes that were reaching more women, we discovered another challenge: few women participate in leadership positions in agriculture and higher up in value chains, such as in processing and marketing. We had to revisit our assumptions and make a concerted effort to reach and empower women, and encourage our partners to do the sameWe also had to think through how to empower women to better participate in markets and promote women’s leadership in agriculture.

The world still has unfinished business when it comes to promoting gender equality and empowering women. Yet if we are to reach many of the millennium development goals - and soon, the sustainable development goals - we must continue to move from a commitment to gender equality to action. There is a lack of robust evidence on how to do this, so we must share what’s working, but also what isn’t. Both have something valuable to add to our efforts to effectively empower women. Anything less would be failing the farmers and businesswomen we’re all working to reach, the very people who can end global hunger.

Tjada McKenna is assistant to the administrator for the USAid Bureau for Food Security and deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future. Follow @Tjada on Twitter.

Food for Thought is a monthly series curating ideas on achieving the goal of zero hunger from leaders across the private, public and charity sectors.

Join the community of global development professionals and experts. Become a GDPN member to get more stories like this direct to your inbox.


How can we empower women in agriculture to end hunger?

During the first and second world wars, Britain set up Women’s Land Armies to take over farms and keep the country fed.

During the first and second world wars, Britain set up Women’s Land Armies to take over farms and keep the country fed.

Last modified on Thu 15 Oct 2020 14.34 BST

If we’re going to end hunger in our lifetimes, we need to empower women. The statistics are well-known. Women make up to half of the agricultural labour force in many developing countries, but barriers to credit, inputs and extension services, as well as land ownership and rights, limit their production.

We already know that if women had equal access to productive resources, they could increase their yields and feed more hungry people in the world. And women are more likely to reinvest their income back into their families to improve education, nutrition and health. When women flourish, families and communities do too.

What’s not as well-known is how the development community can effectively help women overcome the constraints and barriers they face in agriculture so they can fully benefit from agricultural growth. In essence, we know we need to empower women if we are to end hunger, but we don’t always know how best to do that.

It’s timely then that as the global commitment to women’s empowerment is strong, so is the call for better data, monitoring and evaluation in development. Tools such as the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, (WEAI) developed by the US Agency for International Development (USAid), International Food Policy Research Institute, and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative , are helping to build the evidence base around what works, making empowerment a tangible, measurable concept we can work towards.

At Feed the Future we are incorporating the different needs, concerns, interests and roles of men and women into strategies and interventions at all stages of our activities. Prior to starting any new project, we conduct a gender analysis to understand women and men’s roles, resources and decision-making power, particularly in regards to agriculture. This helps us identify gender gaps and constraints, along with possible ways for reducing those gaps. A good gender analysis, carried out early, is key to designing and implementing projects that women want to and can participate in.

The WEAI measures the empowerment, agency and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector, particularly relative to men in their households. This provides a more robust understanding of gender dynamics within households and communities. It is also helping us understand areas in which men and women in different regions are disempowered so we can target policy and programming there.

When we drill down on individual country results, we see that constraints vary across cultures and contexts. WEAI findings show that in Bangladesh, a lack of access to group membership and speaking in public hamper women’s empowerment and that Bangladeshi women are constrained in their control over use of income. Across the world in Honduras, control over income is also a major contributor to women’s disempowerment, but the greatest constraint for Honduran women is lack of access to productive resources such as credit. In Kenya, women suffer from the same lack of access to loans, but are also hindered by a very heavy workload and control over income.

In many ways, the baseline studies are just the start. There is an insufficient evidence base on women’s empowerment in agriculture so measuring the impact of our work, rigorously and often, enables us to know if our programmes are having the intended effect. We know that addressing empowerment in one area of a woman’s life could exacerbate disempowerment in other areas but even as we course correct, we’re uncovering new challenges. Cataloging those, developing meaningful guidance based on them, and sharing those lessons with the world is what all organisations who recognise the potential of women should be doing. However, we know firs hand that is a challenge in and of itself.

When we first started Feed the Future, and data from our first years of implementation rolled in, we realised our programmes weren’t reaching as many women as we wanted. Even those in the programmes that were reaching more women, we discovered another challenge: few women participate in leadership positions in agriculture and higher up in value chains, such as in processing and marketing. We had to revisit our assumptions and make a concerted effort to reach and empower women, and encourage our partners to do the sameWe also had to think through how to empower women to better participate in markets and promote women’s leadership in agriculture.

The world still has unfinished business when it comes to promoting gender equality and empowering women. Yet if we are to reach many of the millennium development goals - and soon, the sustainable development goals - we must continue to move from a commitment to gender equality to action. There is a lack of robust evidence on how to do this, so we must share what’s working, but also what isn’t. Both have something valuable to add to our efforts to effectively empower women. Anything less would be failing the farmers and businesswomen we’re all working to reach, the very people who can end global hunger.

Tjada McKenna is assistant to the administrator for the USAid Bureau for Food Security and deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future. Follow @Tjada on Twitter.

Food for Thought is a monthly series curating ideas on achieving the goal of zero hunger from leaders across the private, public and charity sectors.

Join the community of global development professionals and experts. Become a GDPN member to get more stories like this direct to your inbox.


How can we empower women in agriculture to end hunger?

During the first and second world wars, Britain set up Women’s Land Armies to take over farms and keep the country fed.

During the first and second world wars, Britain set up Women’s Land Armies to take over farms and keep the country fed.

Last modified on Thu 15 Oct 2020 14.34 BST

If we’re going to end hunger in our lifetimes, we need to empower women. The statistics are well-known. Women make up to half of the agricultural labour force in many developing countries, but barriers to credit, inputs and extension services, as well as land ownership and rights, limit their production.

We already know that if women had equal access to productive resources, they could increase their yields and feed more hungry people in the world. And women are more likely to reinvest their income back into their families to improve education, nutrition and health. When women flourish, families and communities do too.

What’s not as well-known is how the development community can effectively help women overcome the constraints and barriers they face in agriculture so they can fully benefit from agricultural growth. In essence, we know we need to empower women if we are to end hunger, but we don’t always know how best to do that.

It’s timely then that as the global commitment to women’s empowerment is strong, so is the call for better data, monitoring and evaluation in development. Tools such as the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, (WEAI) developed by the US Agency for International Development (USAid), International Food Policy Research Institute, and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative , are helping to build the evidence base around what works, making empowerment a tangible, measurable concept we can work towards.

At Feed the Future we are incorporating the different needs, concerns, interests and roles of men and women into strategies and interventions at all stages of our activities. Prior to starting any new project, we conduct a gender analysis to understand women and men’s roles, resources and decision-making power, particularly in regards to agriculture. This helps us identify gender gaps and constraints, along with possible ways for reducing those gaps. A good gender analysis, carried out early, is key to designing and implementing projects that women want to and can participate in.

The WEAI measures the empowerment, agency and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector, particularly relative to men in their households. This provides a more robust understanding of gender dynamics within households and communities. It is also helping us understand areas in which men and women in different regions are disempowered so we can target policy and programming there.

When we drill down on individual country results, we see that constraints vary across cultures and contexts. WEAI findings show that in Bangladesh, a lack of access to group membership and speaking in public hamper women’s empowerment and that Bangladeshi women are constrained in their control over use of income. Across the world in Honduras, control over income is also a major contributor to women’s disempowerment, but the greatest constraint for Honduran women is lack of access to productive resources such as credit. In Kenya, women suffer from the same lack of access to loans, but are also hindered by a very heavy workload and control over income.

In many ways, the baseline studies are just the start. There is an insufficient evidence base on women’s empowerment in agriculture so measuring the impact of our work, rigorously and often, enables us to know if our programmes are having the intended effect. We know that addressing empowerment in one area of a woman’s life could exacerbate disempowerment in other areas but even as we course correct, we’re uncovering new challenges. Cataloging those, developing meaningful guidance based on them, and sharing those lessons with the world is what all organisations who recognise the potential of women should be doing. However, we know firs hand that is a challenge in and of itself.

When we first started Feed the Future, and data from our first years of implementation rolled in, we realised our programmes weren’t reaching as many women as we wanted. Even those in the programmes that were reaching more women, we discovered another challenge: few women participate in leadership positions in agriculture and higher up in value chains, such as in processing and marketing. We had to revisit our assumptions and make a concerted effort to reach and empower women, and encourage our partners to do the sameWe also had to think through how to empower women to better participate in markets and promote women’s leadership in agriculture.

The world still has unfinished business when it comes to promoting gender equality and empowering women. Yet if we are to reach many of the millennium development goals - and soon, the sustainable development goals - we must continue to move from a commitment to gender equality to action. There is a lack of robust evidence on how to do this, so we must share what’s working, but also what isn’t. Both have something valuable to add to our efforts to effectively empower women. Anything less would be failing the farmers and businesswomen we’re all working to reach, the very people who can end global hunger.

Tjada McKenna is assistant to the administrator for the USAid Bureau for Food Security and deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future. Follow @Tjada on Twitter.

Food for Thought is a monthly series curating ideas on achieving the goal of zero hunger from leaders across the private, public and charity sectors.

Join the community of global development professionals and experts. Become a GDPN member to get more stories like this direct to your inbox.


How can we empower women in agriculture to end hunger?

During the first and second world wars, Britain set up Women’s Land Armies to take over farms and keep the country fed.

During the first and second world wars, Britain set up Women’s Land Armies to take over farms and keep the country fed.

Last modified on Thu 15 Oct 2020 14.34 BST

If we’re going to end hunger in our lifetimes, we need to empower women. The statistics are well-known. Women make up to half of the agricultural labour force in many developing countries, but barriers to credit, inputs and extension services, as well as land ownership and rights, limit their production.

We already know that if women had equal access to productive resources, they could increase their yields and feed more hungry people in the world. And women are more likely to reinvest their income back into their families to improve education, nutrition and health. When women flourish, families and communities do too.

What’s not as well-known is how the development community can effectively help women overcome the constraints and barriers they face in agriculture so they can fully benefit from agricultural growth. In essence, we know we need to empower women if we are to end hunger, but we don’t always know how best to do that.

It’s timely then that as the global commitment to women’s empowerment is strong, so is the call for better data, monitoring and evaluation in development. Tools such as the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, (WEAI) developed by the US Agency for International Development (USAid), International Food Policy Research Institute, and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative , are helping to build the evidence base around what works, making empowerment a tangible, measurable concept we can work towards.

At Feed the Future we are incorporating the different needs, concerns, interests and roles of men and women into strategies and interventions at all stages of our activities. Prior to starting any new project, we conduct a gender analysis to understand women and men’s roles, resources and decision-making power, particularly in regards to agriculture. This helps us identify gender gaps and constraints, along with possible ways for reducing those gaps. A good gender analysis, carried out early, is key to designing and implementing projects that women want to and can participate in.

The WEAI measures the empowerment, agency and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector, particularly relative to men in their households. This provides a more robust understanding of gender dynamics within households and communities. It is also helping us understand areas in which men and women in different regions are disempowered so we can target policy and programming there.

When we drill down on individual country results, we see that constraints vary across cultures and contexts. WEAI findings show that in Bangladesh, a lack of access to group membership and speaking in public hamper women’s empowerment and that Bangladeshi women are constrained in their control over use of income. Across the world in Honduras, control over income is also a major contributor to women’s disempowerment, but the greatest constraint for Honduran women is lack of access to productive resources such as credit. In Kenya, women suffer from the same lack of access to loans, but are also hindered by a very heavy workload and control over income.

In many ways, the baseline studies are just the start. There is an insufficient evidence base on women’s empowerment in agriculture so measuring the impact of our work, rigorously and often, enables us to know if our programmes are having the intended effect. We know that addressing empowerment in one area of a woman’s life could exacerbate disempowerment in other areas but even as we course correct, we’re uncovering new challenges. Cataloging those, developing meaningful guidance based on them, and sharing those lessons with the world is what all organisations who recognise the potential of women should be doing. However, we know firs hand that is a challenge in and of itself.

When we first started Feed the Future, and data from our first years of implementation rolled in, we realised our programmes weren’t reaching as many women as we wanted. Even those in the programmes that were reaching more women, we discovered another challenge: few women participate in leadership positions in agriculture and higher up in value chains, such as in processing and marketing. We had to revisit our assumptions and make a concerted effort to reach and empower women, and encourage our partners to do the sameWe also had to think through how to empower women to better participate in markets and promote women’s leadership in agriculture.

The world still has unfinished business when it comes to promoting gender equality and empowering women. Yet if we are to reach many of the millennium development goals - and soon, the sustainable development goals - we must continue to move from a commitment to gender equality to action. There is a lack of robust evidence on how to do this, so we must share what’s working, but also what isn’t. Both have something valuable to add to our efforts to effectively empower women. Anything less would be failing the farmers and businesswomen we’re all working to reach, the very people who can end global hunger.

Tjada McKenna is assistant to the administrator for the USAid Bureau for Food Security and deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future. Follow @Tjada on Twitter.

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