Women's Empowerment in Agriculture: Unexpected Impact of Farmer Nutrition Schools

Training sessions conducted through SPRING/Bangladesh’s Farmer Nutrition Schools helped improve the empowerment status of female participants.
Event Dates: 
April 05, 2017 - 09:00 am EDT
Event Location: 
Woman working in a kale field using her farmer nutrition school knowledge

In Bangladesh, women are relatively less empowered in comparison to the male members in the household. In most cases, they are not in a position to take part in the decision making process at the household level. Literature suggests that women, more specifically rural women, are less empowered as they are considered to be poor contributors to the household income.

SPRING/Bangladesh has been working in Bangladesh since 2012 to address malnutrition along the coastal belt of Bangladesh using both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions. After several years of implementation, SPRING noticed that women who had participated in its direct implementation program – its innovative Farmer Nutrition School (FNS) activity – seemed much more confident, more in control of their family’s health and diet, more involved with their husband in making decisions that affect the household and linked to the government extension system. The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) tool, designed and tested by IFPRI, was used to measure women’s empowerment in a cohort of FNS participants.

SPRING/Bangladesh would like to invite you to join us for a discussion on WEAI and our findings from our WEAI research in country through our FNS work. In collaboration with IFPRI’s Bangladesh office, we will have experts on the WEAI tool join us to provide background on this innovative tool and how it has been used. Finally, we will have staff join from SPRING/Bangladesh to talk about their experience with Farmer Nutrition Schools and their first-hand observations of women’s empowerment through our work.