Introducing pro-WEAI complementary indicators for nutrition- sensitive agriculture and market inclusion projects
The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) is the first-ever direct measure of women’s empowerment and inclusion in the agriculture sector. In response to demand from designers and implementors of agricultural development projects, IFPRI developed the project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI) to track the impacts of these projects on women’s empowerment.
To monitor and evaluate nutrition-sensitive and market inclusion interventions, IFPRI developed two sets of add-on indicators that are designed to complement the pro-WEAI in assessing women’s health and nutrition-related agency and to identify the constraints that women face as value chain and food system actors. The project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index for health and nutrition (pro-WEAI+HN) includes the pro-WEAI indicators plus additional indicators capturing women’s health and nutrition agency. The pro-WEAI for market inclusion (pro-WEAI+MI) includes the pro-WEAI indicators plus additional indicators to investigate barriers to market access and inclusion for different value chain actors. Both sets of add-on indicators were validated using cognitive interviewing and qualitative work, and the health and nutrition indicators have also undergone psychometric validation.
This Policy Seminar will introduce the new health and nutrition (HN) and market inclusion (MI) indicators and explain how they can guide nutrition-sensitive and market inclusion elements of agricultural development projects. A panel of stakeholders-project implementors, researchers, and donors-will offer comments on these new tools and their relevance.
- Purnima Menon, Senior Director for Food and Nutrition Policy, CGIAR; Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
- Shakuntala Thilsted, Director, CGIAR Nutrition, Health & Food Security Impact Area Platform
- Inge Brouwer, WUR and IFPRI, CGIAR Initiative on Sustainable Healthy Diets through Food Systems Transformation (SHiFT)
- Jessica Heckert, Research Fellow, IFPRI
- Hazel Malapit, Senior Research Coordinator, IFPRI
- Elizabeth Kirkwood, Research Fellow, the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney
- Rahma Adam, Social Inclusion & Market Scientist, and East & Southern Africa Regional Focal Point for the One CGIAR Research and Development Initiatives, WorldFish
- Geoffroy Gantoli, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
- David Spielman, Senior Research Fellow/Program Leader-Rwanda, IFPRI
- Farzana Ramzan, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Dan Gilligan, Deputy Director of Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division, IFPRI