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Value Chain Projects in Agriculture

Agnes Quisumbing, International Food Policy Research Institute; Ruth Meinzen-Dick, International Food Policy Research Institute; Elizabeth Waithanji, International Livestock Research Institute; Deanna Olney, International Food Policy Research Institute; Deborah Rubin, Cultural Practice, LLC; Cristina Manfre, Cultural Practice, LLC; Pauline Muindi, International Livestock Research Institute; and Mara van den Bold, International Food Policy Research Institute

Building on the ongoing research of IFPRI and the International Livestock Research Institute’s Gender, Agriculture and Assets Project (GAAP), this study evaluates value chain interventions that empower women agricultural goods producers to improve their economic status by increasing transparency along the production chain. The study maps how these value chain interventions have the potential to facilitate women’s asset accumulation and reduce the gender asset gap.

Land Rights and Economic Security for Women in Vietnam

Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Rutgers University and Nidhiya Menon, Brandeis University

This study examines data from Vietnam to explore whether the 1993 Land Law that created a land market led to improvements in women’s economic security. It uses a matched sample from the Vietnam 2004 and 2008 Household Living Standards Surveys to explore the effects of land registration on joint and single female land owners.

The Productivity and Welfare Implications of Female Empowerment through High Value Agriculture: What Role Can Interventions Play?

Ralitza Dimova, University of Manchester and Ira Gang, Rutgers University

Using a representative household survey for Malawi, this research profiles the characteristics of successful women farmers and the policies and interventions associated with their success. It specifically addresses whether high value cash crop activities of women are more welfare enhancing than reliance on subsistence agriculture in an environment of heightened food insecurity. Additionally, it looks at how alternative interventions contribute to welfare-enhancing high-value crop production, and which interventions are most effective in reducing women’s access barriers and enhancing their agricultural productivity.

Moving From Low to High Return Activities in Agriculture and Industry

Markus Goldstein and Ana Maria Munoz Boudet, World Bank

This study combines quantitative data from impact evaluation studies funded by the World Bank with in-depth interviews of select women. It examines the characteristics associated with those who have successfully ‘crossed-over’ from traditionally female sectors to transformational or high-value industry work in Uganda and agriculture in Benin.

Supporting Women in Agriculture

Cheryl Doss, Yale University

This study maps agricultural projects, identifies the current practices of major development agencies to support women’s increased agricultural productivity, and discusses what types of projects have worked and why. It includes a summary of the most frequent or preferred interventions for women in agriculture, based on interviews with experts and international development organizations that support women in agriculture.