Highlights from IFPRI gender research

  1. Agriculture
  2. Nutrition and health
  3. Decision making within the household
  4. Shocks and resilience
  5. Markets and value chains
  6. Land rights and other assets 
  7. Violence
  8. Women's empowerment


  • Quisumbing, A., R. Meinzen-Dick, T. Raney, A. Croppenstedt, J. Behrman, and A. Peterman (Eds.) (2014).  Gender in agriculture and food security: Closing the knowledge gap.  Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer and FAO. http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-94-017-8616-4.
  • Meinzen-Dick, R., A. Quisumbing, J. Behrman, P. Biermayr-Jenzano, V. Wilde, M. Noordeloos, C. Ragasa, and N. Beintema. (2011). Engendering agricultural research. IFPRI Monograph. Washington, D.C.: IFPRI. http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/rr176.pdf
  • Theis, S., N. Lefore, R. Meinzen-Dick, Ruth and E. Bryan. 2017. What happens after technology adoption? Gendered aspects of small-scale irrigation technologies in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania. IFPRI Discussion Paper 1672. Washington, D.C. http://ebrary.ifpri.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15738coll2/id/131375
  • Johnson, N. L. C. Kovarik, R. Meinzen-Dick, J. Njuki and A. Quisumbing.  (2016). Gender, assets and agricultural development: Lessons from eight projects.  World Development 83(July): 295–311. Available open access: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.01.009
  • Quisumbing, A. R., & Pandolfelli, L. (2010). Promising approaches to address the needs of poor female farmers: Resources, constraints, and interventions. World Development, 38(4), 581-592. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2009.10.006
  • van den Bold, Mara; Pedehombga, Abdoulaye; Ouédraogo, Marcellin; Quisumbing, Agnes R. and Olney, Deanna K. 2013. Can integrated agriculture-nutrition programs change gender norms on land and asset ownership? Evidence from Burkina Faso http://ebrary.ifpri.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15738coll2/id/127986
  • Kondylis, Florence; Mueller, Valerie; Sheriff, Glenn; and Zhu, Siyao. 2016. Do female instructors reduce gender bias in diffusion of sustainable land management techniques? Experimental evidence from Mozambique. World Development 78 (February 2016): 436 - 449. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.10.036
  • Ragasa, C., NL Aberman, C. Alvarez Mingote. 2017. Does Providing Agricultural and Nutrition Information to Both Men and Women Improve Household Food Security? Evidence from Malawi, IFPRI Discussion Paper 01653, Washington, DC. http://ebrary.ifpri.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15738coll2/id/131322

Nutrition and health

  • Mekonnen, Dawit Kelemework. 2017. Beyond the drinking glass: Expanding our understanding of water-nutrition linkages. Field Exchange 54(February 2017). http://www.ennonline.net/fex/54/waternutritionlink
  • Gillespie, Stuart; Haddad, Lawrence; Mannar, Venkatesh; Menon, Purnima; Nisbett, Nicholas; and the Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group. 2013. The politics of reducing malnutrition: Building commitment and accelerating progress. The Lancet 382(9891): 552-569. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60842-9

Decision making within the household

  • de Brauw, Alan; Gilligan, Daniel O.; Hoddinott, John F.; and Roy, Shalini D. 2013. The impact of Bolsa Família on women’s decision-making power. One Pager 238. Brasilia-DF, Brazil: International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG). http://www.ipc-undp.org/pub/IPCOnePager238.pdf
  • Seymour, Gregory; and Peterman, Amber. 2017. Understanding the measurement of women’s autonomy: Illustrations from Bangladesh and Ghana. IFPRI Discussion Paper 1656. Washington, D.C. http://ebrary.ifpri.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15738coll2/id/131367
  • Peterman, Amber; Schwab, Benjamin; Roy, Shalini; Hidrobo, Melissa; and Gilligan, Daniel. 2015. Measuring women’s decisionmaking: Indicator choice and survey design experiments from cash and food transfer evaluations in Ecuador, Uganda, and Yemen. IFPRI Discussion Paper 1453. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). http://ebrary.ifpri.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15738coll2/id/129331
  • Doss, C. and R. Meinzen-Dick.  (2015). Collective action within the household:  Insights from natural resource management.  World Development 74(10): 171–183. Available open access: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.05.001

Shocks and resilience

  • Quisumbing, Agnes R.; Kumar, Neha; and Behrman, Julia A. Do shocks affect men's and women's assets differently? Evidence from Bangladesh and Uganda. Development Policy Review. Article in press. First published online July 17, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12235
  • Nkengla-Asi, Lilian; Babu, Suresh Chandra; Kirscht, Holger; Apfelbacher, Scarlett; Hanna, Rachid; and Tegbaru, Amare. 2017. Gender, climate change, and resilient food systems: Lessons from strategic adaptation by smallholder farmers in Cameroon. IFPRI Discussion Paper 1658. Washington, D.C. http://ebrary.ifpri.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15738coll2/id/131351
  • Knippenberg, Erwin; and Hoddinott, John F. 2017. Shocks, social protection, and resilience: Evidence from Ethiopia. ESSP Working Paper 109. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). http://ebrary.ifpri.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15738coll2/id/131408

Markets and value chains

  • Bernard, Tanguy; Hidrobo, Melissa; Le Port, Agnès; and Rawat, Rahul. 2017. Nutrition incentives in dairy contract farming in northern Senegal . IFPRI Discussion Paper 1629. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). http://ebrary.ifpri.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15738coll2/id/131128
  • Gelli, Aulo; Hawkes, Corinna; and Donovan, Jason. 2016. Food value chains and nutrition: Exploring the opportunities for improving nutrition. In Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security, eds. Bill Pritchard, Rodomiro Ortiz, and Meera Shekar. Chapter 19, pp. 283 - 298. https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138817197
  • Gelli, Aulo; Headey, Derek D.; Ngure, Francis; Becquey, Elodie; Ganaba, Rasmané; Huybregts, Lieven; Pedehombga, Abdoulaye; Sanou, Armande; Traore, Abdoulaye; Zongo, Florence; and Zongrone, Amanda. 2017. Assessing the health and nutrition risks of smallholder poultry production in Burkina Faso: Insights from formative research. IFPRI Discussion Paper 1665. Washington, D.C. http://ebrary.ifpri.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15738coll2/id/131362
  • de Brauw, Alan. 2014. Gender, control, and crop choice in northern Mozambique. IFPRI Discussion Paper 1333. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). http://ebrary.ifpri.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15738coll2/id/128106

Land rights and other assets


Women’s empowerment