Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture: Lessons from Qualitative Research

IFPRI Discussion Paper 1797

64 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2019

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Ruth S. Meinzen-Dick

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Deborah Rubin

Cultural Practice, LLC

Marlène Elias

CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

Annet Abenakyo Mulema

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Emily Myers

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date Written: January 18, 2019

Abstract

There is growing recognition of the importance of women’s empowerment in its own right and for a range of development outcomes, but less understanding of what empowerment means to rural women and men. The challenge of measuring empowerment, particularly across cultures and contexts, is also garnering attention. This paper synthesizes qualitative research conducted conjointly with quantitative surveys, working with eight agricultural development projects in eight countries, to develop a project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI). The qualitative research sought to identify emic meanings of “empowerment,” validate the domains and indicators of the quantitative index, provide greater understanding of the context of each project and of strategies for facilitating empowerment, and test a methodology for integrating emic perspectives of empowerment with standardized etic measures that allow for comparability across contexts.

Keywords: empowerment, gender, women, indicators, qualitative research, emic perspectives, women's empowerment

Suggested Citation

Meinzen-Dick, Ruth S. and Rubin, Deborah and Elias, Marlène and Mulema, Annet Abenakyo and Myers, Emily, Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture: Lessons from Qualitative Research (January 18, 2019). IFPRI Discussion Paper 1797. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3330214

Ruth S. Meinzen-Dick (Contact Author)

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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Deborah Rubin

Cultural Practice, LLC ( email )

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United States

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Marlène Elias

CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry ( email )

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Maccarese, 00057
Italy

Annet Abenakyo Mulema

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) ( email )

P.O. Box 5689
Ababa
Kenya

Emily Myers

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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