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The four things you need to know about women’s land rights

At USAID, we know that addressing gender issues is essential in our work to end extreme poverty and create resilient, democratic societies. Period. Women are key drivers of economic growth and must gain access to and control of capital, land, markets,…


Why paying attention to gender matters for climate change adaptation

By Elizabeth Bryan, Patti Kristjanson, and Claudia Ringler Until recently, there has been little evidence supporting the need to focus on the gendered dimensions of agriculture and climate change. Why? Because few researchers have been talking to…


Gender and sustainability: A matter of balance

Rumor has it that women are naturally the more environmentally conscious sex. As farmers, mothers, and keepers of the earth, they are the ones who selflessly care for the planet and will bear disproportionate burden as it is degraded.


Why women’s empowerment is worth measuring

How can agriculture be a path to gender equality? The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) is a transformational tool that identifies ways to empower women working in agriculture. The project team recently announced the release of a new…


Improving food systems for better lives

Although we have successfully reached the Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty and hunger at the global level, an estimated 795 million people continue to suffer from hunger while two billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.…