Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Malawi

Despite the slew of statistics about the importance of women’s participation in agriculture to feed a growing population, particularly in Africa south of the Sahara, details about the agricultural work women do and their specific constraints are not always elaborated on at the country level. We know, for example, that women comprise a large proportion >> Read more

Discussion Paper 1653: Does Providing Agricultural and Nutrition Information to Both Men and Women Improve Household Food Security? Evidence from Malawi

Malawi is among the countries in Africa south of the Sahara where millions of smallholder farmers rely on agriculture to ensure their families’ livelihoods, yet low land productivity, inadequate agricultural inputs, labor limitations, and erratic rains translate into widespread food shortages, hunger, and poverty. Particularly in Malawi, poverty, food insecurity, and undernutrition remain significant problems >> Read more

Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture

To commemorate International Women's Day, Sophie Theis, a gender researcher at IFPRI, has written a blog post describing the importance of gender as a development issue, the progress that has been made on gender over the last 20 years, and the contribution of IFPRI's research to a better understanding of the issues. This interesting retrospective piece >> Read more

Challenges to measuring women’s decisionmaking power

There is broad agreement that women's empowerment is an important aspect of addressing the gender gap in agriculture and improving food security and nutrition for the rural poor. Decisionmaking power is seen as fundamental to women's empowerment. Furthermore, women's decisionmaking power is critical to child nutrition, along with nutrition knowledge and access to appropriate foods, because women are usually the caretakers and >> Read more