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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2014

This Saturday marks  International Women’s Day. The theme this year is “equality for women is progress for all,” and IFPRI’s gender work is essential to its larger mission of achieving food and nutrition security for all and reducing poverty levels…

Women's focus group in Odisha, India.

What’s in a name?

In West Bengal, nearly 40 percent of children under the age of five are underweight, despite the country’s strong economic gains in recent years. This paradox indicates that food insecurity continues to pose major challenges for India’s state and…


The Truth about Women in Agriculture

Have you heard the statistic that while women account for 60 to 80 percent of global food production, they own only 2 percent of the world’s land? If you work in international development, you most likely have come across such “gender myths.” At a…

Mother and child

Cause and Effect

Women’s empowerment is increasingly a priority in international development, for reasons of social justice, and also because it is considered an important way by which to achieve development goals, such as those related to health, nutrition, and…


Why we should care about women's right to land

This blog story  by IFPRI senior researcher Agnes Quisumbing  was originally posted as part of the  Devex Land Matters for Women campaign. Why do you care about women’s land rights? Isn’t it enough for the household to have land? This question is a common…


World Population Day

Chiara Kovarik is a Senior Research Assistant in IFPRI's Poverty Health and Nutrition Division Today, on  World Population Day, IFPRI recognizes that the world’s growing population—which reached 7 billion in 2011—has a powerful impact on development.…


Tackling Malnutrition in India

This blog story  by IFPRI Senior Research Fellow  Purnima Menon  and Micronutrient Initiative President  Venkatesh Mannar  was originally posted on  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Impatient Optimists blog. The 27 million children born in India this…


WEAI Data Goes Public

Originally posted by Emily Hogue, Team Leader for Monitoring and Evaluation, Bureau for Food Security  USAID, on the  Feed the Future Blog Last year we launched an  innovative tool  to measure women’s empowerment in agriculture. Last month, we celebrated…


“How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Index”

Last year,  IFPRI  researchers, in partnership with the  US  Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Oxford Poverty& Human Development Initiative (OPHI), developed the  Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), a tool designed to…