Policy Seminar

Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

Feb 28, 2012 - 06:15 pm to 07:30 pm UTC

USAID/FAO/IFPRI Side event, 56th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women


  • Her Excellency Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury
    State Minister of Women and Children Affairs, People's Republic of Bangladesh
  • His Excellency Efraín Medina
    Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Guatemala
  • Ms. M. Ann Tutwiler
    Deputy Director General, FAO

On Tuesday, February 28th, the "Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index" (WEAI), will be launched at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The WEAI is the first ever measure to directly capture women's empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector. Women play a critical role in agricultural growth in developing countries. Yet they face persistent obstacles and economic constraints, limiting further inclusion in the sector.

The Index is a partnership between the US Government's Feed the Future program, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) of Oxford University. The index will be used for performance monitoring and impact evaluations of Feed the Future programs around the world. It has been piloted in regions of three countries so far - Bangladesh, Guatemala, and Uganda.

Hashtags for this event are @UN_CSW and #CSW56.