The Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project:
Toward a new paradigm in agricultural
Research supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through the project,
“Evaluating the Impacts of Agricultural Development Programming on
Gender Inequalities, Asset Disparities, and Rural Livelihoods”
Objectives and overview
Objective: To reduce the gap between men’s and women’s
use, control and ownership of assets, broadly defined, by
evaluating how and how well agricultural development
programs build women’s assets
Four-year project, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation (mid 2010-mid 2014);
Jointly led by IFPRI and ILRI , including 8 core project
collaborators working in sub-Saharan Africa and South
Dreaming big and thinking ahead: Might be the start of a
new paradigm in agricultural development programming!
Why assets? Why gender?
Increasing control/ownership of assets help create pathways out
of poverty more than measures that aim to increase incomes or
Households do not pool resources nor share the same
preferences Who receives resources or controls assets
Evidence from many countries that increasing resources
controlled by women improves child health and nutrition,
agricultural productivity, income growth;
Although we know a lot about how to target women and increase
participation with development interventions, methods are still
not widely used in development projects and have not addressed
the gender-gap in assets;
We define assets broadly: Natural capital, Physical capital,
Financial capital, Human capital, Social capital, Political capital.
Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project
• Evaluate 8 agricultural development projects to:
1. Identify the projects’ impacts on men’s and women’s assets
2. Clarify which strategies have been successful in reducing gender gaps
in asset access and ownership
• Use a participatory process between implementers , evaluation
partners, and GAAP team, to add a gender perspective to existing
• Use existing baseline surveys and new targeted studies (qualitative
and quantitative) to document men’s and women’s assets and the
change in those levels over the life of the project.
• Provide training and technical assistance to program staff in methods
to identify and address gender disparities in assets.
• Contribute to a development toolkit and practitioners guide to reduce
gender asset disparities and help to place gender considerations at the
center of agricultural development.