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Research Series Issue 19 - Measuring Women's Empowerment in Agriculture: A Streamlined Approach

diciembre 2017

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) can be a useful tool to measure the empowerment, agency and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector. However, computing the WEAI in its current form involves large data requirements, resulting in lengthy surveys with several questions on various dimensions and indicators within each dimension. This paper proposes a reduced version of the WEAI, or the R-WEAI, and examines two possible approaches to reduce the data requirements while ensuring comparability to the full WEAI.

Smallholder agriculture, environment and climate change

noviembre 2017

Want to learn more about how you can design and implement  environment and climate activities within your projects?  Make sure you consult the e-learning modules on smallholder agriculture, environment and climate change.

Course benefits:

  • Better understand the current challenges associated with environmental degradation and climate change, and particularly its impact on IFAD-funded projects and programmes and target groups;
  • Outline the key elements of IFAD's approach to ENRM and climate change issues and of its related policies, strategies and procedures;
  • Provide resources, best practices, case studies and tools that project practitioners can use to improve project outcomes;
  • Share information on services and financial resources available to support IFAD's operations



Foundations of project M&E in rural development

noviembre 2017

In recent years, the purpose of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) has shifted from assessing the use of resources and the implementation of project activities, to measuring the contributions a project is making to specific development outcomes for both men and women. The aim of this course is to provide guidance on good practices in project-based monitoring and evaluation for IFAD-funded projects in the Asia and the Pacific region.

This course will help M&E officers develop a foundational understanding of the concepts and tools that are necessary to design an M&E system that embraces a gender-responsive approach within a Results Based Management framework. 

The goal of the course is to improve knowledge of the principles and tools that will increase staff capacity to apply a gender-sensitive and results-based approach to project monitoring and evaluation. 

There are three modules in this course:

1. The concepts and principles of an engendered Results Based Management approach to M&E
2. A core planning tool called the Logical Framework Approach 
3. Key planning approaches, tools and methods recommended for project monitoring and evaluation

It will take about five hours to complete the entire course.

This e-learning course was developed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as part of the Asian Project Management Support Programme (APMAS).

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Deliberaciones: tercera reunión mundial del Foro de los Pueblos Indígenas en el FIDA

noviembre 2017

El Comité Directivo del Foro decidió que el empoderamiento económico de los pueblos indígenas, con especial atención a las mujeres y los jóvenes, debería ser el tema central de su tercera reunión mundial. 

The Marine Advantage: Empowering coastal communities, safeguarding marine ecosystems

noviembre 2017

Agriculture and fisheries, the backbone of food security and nutrition for coastal communities and globally, are under threat. 

Research Series Issue 18 - Do agricultural support and cash transfer programmes improve nutritional status?

noviembre 2017

Cash transfer and agricultural support programmes are both used to improve nutrition outcomes in developing countries. This paper examines previous reviews of the impact of these programmes and compares the evidence between the two. The paper finds that, although there are about the same number of programmes of each type, many more papers have been written about the cash transfer programmes than the agricultural programmes. While evidence suggests that both programme types improved the quality of food consumption, the paper concludes that both types show weak evidence of improvements in anthropometric outcomes.

United Kingdom and IFAD

octubre 2017
The United Kingdom and IFAD are working closely together to meet Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2: ending poverty and hunger by 2030. They have made a special commitment to boost inclusive and sustainable economic paths and create jobs in the poorest rural areas of the world, especially in Africa, where 10 to 12 million young people enter the labour market every year.

Remesas y redes de microfinanciación

octubre 2017
De los 450 000 millones de dólares estadounidenses que los trabajadores migrantes cada año envían a casa en los países en desarrollo, entre el 30% y el 40% se destina
a las zonas rurales. En el punto de partida de la cadena de la migración, las personas abandonan las zonas rurales para buscar oportunidades en otros lugares, ya que
carecen de ellas más cerca de su hogar. Las instituciones de microfinanciación (IMF) son insustituibles a la hora de atender las necesidades de los receptores de remesas
y reinvertir los fondos excedentes para mejorar las oportunidades de las comunidades locales.

2017 RIDE infographic

octubre 2017
This infographic illustrates the highlights of the 2017 Report on IFAD's Development Effectiveness (RIDE).

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