Feed the Future: Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index

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About this Dataset:

The index is a significant innovation in its field that measures multiple indicators of empowerment, and generates "scores" that can be compared over time. It is the first tool of its kind. Piloted in 2011 and launched in February 2012, the US government is using the index to track change in women's empowerment that occurs as a direct or indirect result of Feed the Future interventions in targeted geographic zones within the initiative's 19 focus countries. Data for the WEAI will be collected every two years in all 19 countries, and baselines were collected in 2011 and 2012. USAID and partners will conduct data analyses to understand the relationships among empowerment, livelihoods, and food security, as well as relationships among the various components of the index. Feed the Future will also use the WEAI for impact evaluations of distinct projects to examine the effectiveness of different approaches and how they impact women and men. To protect the personal information of respondents, all personal identifiable information was removed.

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More info:

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index
2012 Global Food Policy Report
IFPRI Discussion Paper: The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index
Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Summary Brochure
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Index: Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture
Technical Report: “The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI): Results from the 2011-2012 Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey”

Example Data Description:

Parameter Type Sample Values
e12_f numeric(byte) How often does the [group] meet? (more than once a week/once every two weeks/once a month/less than once a month)
hh_h07_6 numeric(byte) number of days eaten in previous 7 days (fruits/fruit juices (fresh and dry)
g01_j numeric(byte) when decisions are made regarding how to protect yourself from violence
hh_c01 numeric(byte) roof top material of the dwelling

View codebooks within the download for household data, community data, and census data for full documentation.

Last updated: December 22, 2020

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