On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) was launched at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
The WEAI is the first-ever measure to directly capture women's empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector. Women play a critical role in agricultural growth in developing countries, yet they face persistent obstacles and economic constraints, limiting further inclusion in the sector.
The WEAI is a partnership between the U.S. Government's Feed the Future intiative, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) of Oxford University. The index will be used for performance monitoring and impact evaluations of Feed the Future programs around the world. It has been piloted in regions of three countries so far - Bangladesh, Guatemala and Uganda.
Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index Resources