Measuring Progress Toward Empowerment: Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Baseline Report

May 19th, 2014

This report (pdf, 8mb) provides a comprehensive analysis of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) baseline survey results, summarizing both findings from the WEAI survey and the relationships between the WEAI and various outcomes of interest to the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative. These poverty, health, and nutrition outcomes include both factors that might affect empowerment and outcomes that might result from empowerment.

The analysis includes thirteen countries from five regions and compares their baseline survey scores. WEAI scores range from a high of 0.98 in Cambodia to a low of 0.66 in Bangladesh. Within Africa, West African countries have the lowest WEAI scores, followed by southern Africa with higher scores, and then East Africa, with the highest scores. These numbers provide an important measure of future progress, as baseline surveys for the remainder of Feed the Future countries are completed and additional rounds of data are collected during the midline and endline surveys.

Authors: 
  • Malapit, Hazel Jean
  • Sproule, Kathryn
  • Kovarik, Chiara
  • Meinzen-Dick, Ruth
  • Quisumbing, Agnes
  • Ramzan, Farzana
  • Hogue, Emily
  • Alkire, Sabina

Click the link below to download a PDF copy of the report.