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Published: 2012

Gender resource portal of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

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The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) gender resource portal includes many resources on gender, food and nutrition security. It contains a number of links to publications on gender and agricultural growth and technologies; childcare and work; education; health and nutrition; household resource allocation; natural resource management; property rights; and collective action. Key resources include: ‘Helping women respond to the global food price crisis,’ and ‘Strengthening women’s control of assets for better development outcomes’.

An IFPRI publication accessible via this resource portal, ‘Gender assessment of the agricultural sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’ (August 2012), investigates the gender gaps in access to resources and opportunities in the DRC agriculture and food sector. Global Hunger Index 2011 ranked the DRC as suffering the most from hunger and malnutrition in the world. Drawing on various sources of data, this assessment recommends the following: addressing inconsistencies in laws; and ensuring the implementation of laws that do offer opportunities for women; improving men’s and women’s knowledge of nutritious food choices; building vibrant women’s organizations to link with markets, and equipping them with technical, financial and management capacity; and Investing in skills and knowledge - including education for girls, as well as innovative information and communication technologies and extension services.

Another paper featured in this portal is, ‘What dimensions of women’s empowerment matter most for child nutrition? Evidence using nationally representative data from Bangladesh’’ (June 2012). Despite economic growth, child malnutrition rates in Bangladesh continue to be among the highest worldwide, which is often attributed to women’s low status. Using data from the 2007 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey, this study examines women’s empowerment (using indicators such as mobility, decision-making power, and attitudes toward verbal and physical abuse) and endowments (maternal schooling and maternal height) in relation to childhood malnutrition. Results indicate that both a greater degree of women’s empowerment and greater maternal endowments are associated with better long-term nutritional status of children.

Among the other contents of this resource portal is a ‘Gender Tool Box’, which contains materials for researchers to do gender analyses. It is divided into three categories: Analytical Tools, Sex-Disaggregated Databases and Gender-Sensitive Indicators, and IFPRI Datasets.

Established in 1975, IFPRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

To access the full text, ‘Gender assessment of the agricultural sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’, visit: http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/ifpridp01201_0.pdf

‘What dimensions of women’s empowerment matter most for child nutrition? - Evidence using nationally representative data from Bangladesh’
http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/ifpridp01192.pdf

The Gender Tool Box can be found at: http://www.ifpri.org/book-20/ourwork/researcharea/gender/gender-tool-box

 

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