Women's Empowerment in Nutrition Index (WENI)

The Women's Empowerment in Nutrition Index (WENI): Measuring nutritional empowerment to better link agriculture to nutrition

This is a joint research project under the Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) grant program involving partners at the University of Texas, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai and the Collaborative Research and Dissemination (CORD), Delhi. This project seeks to advance the understanding of the role of women's empowerment in mediating the relationship between agriculture and nutrition. Our approach is to combine qualitative data collection and household surveys in three sites: one in Bangladesh and two in India. The data was used to develop a new index, the Women's Empowerment in Nutrition Index (WENI), a robust metric that will aggregate factors that reflect nutritional empowerment across rural agricultural contexts. The CORD contributes to the design, data gathering and synthesis, and analysis stages of the project. The research study was conducted from September 2015 – February 2019, followed by ongoing publications and other outputs.

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