The aim of this Topic Guide is to provide readers with a better
understanding of the elusive concept of ‘empowerment’ in agricultural
and rural contexts.
The Guide summarises and signposts readers to
current debates and thinking around women’s empowerment, whilst being
conscious that supporting empowerment has no definitive response. There
are many ways to support or enable empowerment. The Guide is structured around 5
Section 1 contains a summary of issues around gender. It begins with a
glossary that unpacks gender related jargon and includes a helpful
review of what is meant by ‘empowerment’.
Section 2 broadly examines how to support the empowerment of rural women
at the policy and programming level.
Section 3 explores waged work options for women in rural areas and
social protection initiatives.
Section 4 focuses on empowerment issues related to entrepreneurship,
particularly along agricultural value chains.
Section 5 concerns monitoring, evaluating and assessing impact.
This peer reviewed Topic Guide has been produced by Evidence on Demand
with the assistance of the UK Department for International Development
Murray, U. Topic Guide: Women’s empowerment in a changing agricultural and rural context. Evidence on Demand, UK (2015) viii + 140 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_tg.january2015.murrayu]