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Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index Launched

On February 28, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women launched the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), a first-of-its-kind index that seeks to “directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector.” The WEAI is the result of a partnership between the Obama administration’s Feed the Future Initiative, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). The index focused on five areas: (1) decisions about agricultural production; (2) access to and decision-making power over productive resources; (3) control over use of income; (4) leadership in the community; (5) and time use. Women are considered to be empowered if they have adequate achievements in four of the five areas. The index has been piloted in three countries so far: Bangladesh, Uganda and Guatemala.

To learn more about the project, click here and here.