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Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

By Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) have come together to develop a Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index to measure women’s roles and engagement in the agriculture sector.

Women are a primary focus of USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative—a global hunger and food security initiative that aims to reduce poverty and undernutrition. A principal objective of Feed the Future is to promote inclusive agricultural sector growth, a concept that is broad and multidimensional. Feed the Future seeks both to improve women’s roles and engagement throughout the various areas of the agriculture sector, as it grows, in both quantity and quality, and to operationalize that improvement by measuring change five domains.

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