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Why Paying Attention to Gender Matters for Climate Change Adaptation

Nov 23rd, 2015 • by Elizabeth Bryan, Patti Kristjanson, and Claudia Ringler

This post was originally published on By Elizabeth Bryan, Patti Kristjanson, and Claudia Ringler

Until recently, there has been little evidence supporting the need to focus on the gendered dimensions of agriculture and climate change. Why? Because few researchers have been talking to women in agriculture as well as men--both of whom contribute to solving the food security challenges posed by climate change.

Increasing resilience requires an effective framework for measurement

Nov 16th, 2015 • by Sara Gustafson

In the face of price spikes, climate change, and other stressors from the national to the global scale, the promotion of resilience has gained traction in the development community as a means of insuring that populations vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity are equipped with the tools to survive and even thrive in our unpredictable world.

Ethiopia Facing Severe Drought

Nov 16th, 2015 • by Sara Gustafson

Ethiopia is currently experiencing the worst drought in 30 years, as failed spring rains combined with El Nino conditions to severely weaken the summer harvests that feed 80-85 percent of the country.  However, experts have been quick to emphasize that the current situation will in no way reach the crisis levels seen during the 1984 drought and subsequent famine.

Women's Role in Dietary Diversity

Nov 12th, 2015 • by Sara Gustafson

When it comes to household nutrition, mothers matter.

That is the takeaway message from a new working paper from IFPRI’s Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP) . Using the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), the paper examines the impact that female empowerment – specifically, access to and control over household income and resources and role in household and agricultural decision-making –  has on women’s and children’s dietary diversity and nutritional status in rural Ethiopia.

Do Supermarkets Improve Rural Nutrition?

Nov 10th, 2015 • by Sara Gustafson

As developing country incomes rise and populations become more urbanized, food markets are seeing more demand for higher value and processed foods. At the same time, trade liberalization and increased foreign direct investment have stimulated changes in many countries’ food value chains, making it easier for modern markets to access a reliable supply of high-quality goods. These supply- and demand-side transformations have led to a strong new trend throughout developing regions – the growth of the modern supermarket.