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Intervention Guide for the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI)
Published through: USAID Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) Project
Authors: Michelle Stern, Lindsey Jones, and Marya Hillesland of ACDI/VOCA
Date: March 2015
The WEAI was launched in February 2012 as an innovative tool for measuring, evaluating, and learning about women’s empowerment and inclusion in the agriculture sector. USAID is using the WEAI to measure and track changes in women’s empowerment that occur as a direct or indirect result of Feed the Future interventions. The WEAI is also used as a diagnostic tool to identify geographic areas where women and men are disempowered and to target policy and programming in those areas.
The Intervention Guide for the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) provides guidance to donors and implementers of agricultural market development programs on how to translate into practice the evidence and insights gained from the WEAI survey results. The WEAI was developed by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Feed the Future Initiative, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative as a direct measure of economic empowerment and gender parity at the individual and household levels. This guide assists practitioners in selecting and designing evidence-based interventions that are the most relevant to the domains of empowerment prioritized in the WEAI, using a market-systems and gender-responsive approach. While the primary users of this guide are expected to be implementers and managers of Feed the Future projects, it may also be relevant to local stakeholders and other donors and implementers who are engaged in livelihoods and gender.