Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

Measuring Progress Toward Empowerment - Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index: Baseline Report

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) baseline survey results, summarizing both findings from the WEAI survey and the relationships between the WEAI and various outcomes of interest to the US Government’s Feed the Future initiative. These poverty, health, and nutrition outcomes include both factors that might affect empowerment and outcomes that might result from empowerment.

The analysis includes thirteen countries from five regions and compares their baseline survey scores. WEAI scores range from a high of 0.98 in Cambodia to a low of 0.66 in Bangladesh. Within Africa, West African countries have the lowest WEAI scores, followed by southern Africa with higher scores, and then East Africa, with the highest scores. These numbers provide an important measure of future progress, as baseline surveys for the remainder of Feed the Future countries are completed and additional rounds of data are collected during the midline and endline surveys.

This work was undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). This report has not gone through the standard peer-review procedure of PIM’s Lead Center, IFPRI. The opinions expressed here belong to the authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of PIM or CGIAR.

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Malapit, Hazel Jean
Sproule, Kathryn
Kovarik, Chiara
Meinzen-Dick, Ruth
Quisumbing, Agnes
Ramzan, Farzana
Hogue, Emily
Alkire, Sabina