Interview with Ruth Meinzen-Dick on reducing the gender asset gap through agricultural development

Why is it important to close the gender asset gap, especially in agricultural development?

In light of the upcoming Platform Annual General Assembly on gender and food systems,  IFPRI’s senior research fellow Ruth Meinzen-Dick discusses in an in-depth interview with the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development how agricultural development projects can understand how men’s and women’s control of assets will affect project participation and outcomes.

Compared to many other development targets there was a lot of data to support that narrowing the gap between men and women in terms of control over various types of household assets substantially improved agricultural productivity, said Meinzen-Dick.

For long-term poverty reduction, and especially for breaking the intergenerational transmission of poverty, gender equality is absolutely critical. Meinzen-Dick, points out that gender-focused interventions are not deterministic ‘social engineering,’ and that almost all development interventions bring about changes to the fabric of a society.

In retrospect on the…

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Moving from analysis to action and outcomes in gender and agriculture research

Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security

Jemimah Njuki

Since Caroline Moser developed the Framework for a Gender and Development (GAD) approach to development planning in the 1980s while working at the Development Planning Unit (DPU) of the University of London, there has been a proliferation of gender analysis tools and toolkits in agricultural projects is becoming the norm rather than the exception. The Moser Framework set the parameters for gender analysis through its focus on women’s strategic and practical gender needs. While there was criticism of certain elements of the framework, especially its focus on roles and not relationships, the framework did set a stage for addressing women’s practical needs, those that if met, help women in current activities and strategic needs which, if met, transform the balance of power between men and women.

The evolution of other frameworks and tools over the years has tended to focus on gender analysis, which while important in…

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Celebrating FARA: Commemorating the 15th anniversary of our partner

By: Alejandra Soto (CSAYN Global Unit) On November 26th the celebrations of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) anniversary were inaugurated in Johannesburg, South Africa, and will continue till the 28th of this month. For this event many activities were prepared under the main theme “Delivering Africa’s Future Through Science-led Agricultural Transformation”, including the …

The CSA Youth Network Present at the Global Alliance for CSA Inaugural Meeting

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In recent years much attention has been given to the changing climates and the impact it has on the environment, hence the creation of different measurements of mitigation and adaptation. While it is evident that all aspects of our lives are affected by environmental threats, there is one that bears major impacts and importance because our …