Greg Seymour, a PhD (Economics) student from the American University will be visiting the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Nairobi campus to train the Poverty Gender and Innovations (PGI) and development partner technical teams involved with the Ford Foundation funded intra-household study entitled, “Evaluating the impacts of livestock and aquaculture micro-credit and value chain programs on women’s empowerment” on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) from the 16th to the 20th of July 2012. Greg constitutes part of the technical team from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) that piloted the use of the index in 2011 in three countries – Uganda, Bangladesh and Guatemala.
The innovative index has been used to measure levels of women’s empowerment across various indicators. Simultaneously, the index has also been used to compare women’s levels of empowerment to those of their spouses exposing the levels and dimensions of gender parity between them. Greg will introduce the index and its rationale to all ILRI staff on Wednesday 18th July 2012, 9am -10am at John Vercoe (JVC) Auditorium, staff are welcome to attend.