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Application of Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) in assessing the gendered impact of a dairy value chain project

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Poster by Elizabeth Waithanji, Jemimah Njuki, Edna Mutua, Birgit Boogaard, Isabelle Baltenweck and Gerald Mutinda presented at the CGIAR Gender Network workshop on “Closing the gender gap in agriculture: Opportunities for collaboration in gender-responsive research”, Seattle, WA, 25-27 July 2012.

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Application of Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) in assessing the gendered impact of a dairy value chain project

  1. 1. Application of Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) in Assessing the Gendered Impact of a Dairy Value Chain Project Elizabeth Waithanji1, Njuki Jemimah2, Mutua Edna1, Boogaard Birgit1, Isabelle Baltenweck 1 and Gerald Mutinda 3 1International Livestock Research Institute 2Care USA 3East Africa Dairy Development (EADD)/ Heifer InternationalThe East Africa Dairy Gendered ImpactDevelopment (EADD) Project Assessment using the WEAI WEAI is an Methodology EADD is a regional dairy industry development project (2008-2012) aggregate of the 5DE  Quantitative data was that is implemented in Kenya, and the GPI collected through household Uganda and Rwanda surveys. Male and female It is funded by the Bill and Melinda heads of household were Gates Foundation and is being interviewed using the implemented by a consortium of household module partners led by Heifer  Spouses from male headed International in partnership with households were TechnoServe, ILRI, ICRAF and ABS interviewed using the TCM individual module and EADD envisions transforming simultaneously with the 179,000 families by doubling male head of households household dairy income through  Qualitative data was integrated interventions in, dairy obtained through in-depth production, market access and case study interviews for knowledge application selected womenThe (EADD) Gender Strategy Advantages of using theGoals WEAI Methodology Generate economic and social  The questions in the intra- gains to both men and women household survey provide and their families opportunities for establishing Overcome gender-based dimensions in which women barriers that constrain dairy and men are disempowered productivity and market  Each dimension has a number participation of measurable indicators that Promote equality of enable us to identify what aspects of the dimension opportunity according to contribute to empowerment gender differences and needs Figure 1: The WEAI Methodology or disempowerment Increase the effective concept (Derived from the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index participation of both men and Brochure; IFPRI 2012) women in project activities ILRI team and partners have just completed the training on WEAI The (EADD) Gender Strategy methodology and will be able to Implementation compute the WEAI of women EADD has been addressing the gender gaps in the project systematically by beneficiaries of EADD as well as the building the capacity of staff to integrate gender in the program and ensuring Gender Parity in empowerment in equitable gender representation in farmer capacity building. male headed households.The ILRI Poverty Gender and Innovations (PGI) team of theMarkets, Gender and Livelihoods theme is grateful for thesupport provided by the Ford Foundation for funding thisstudy.

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