Meinzen-Dick's interview accompanies the findings of IFPRI's GAAP publication. Meinzen-Dick argues that reducing the gender gap in agricultural development initiatives can have significant positive effects on development outcomes. Looking specifically at asset gaps can give programs an understanding of gender inequality and also the roots and causes of that inequality. Programs should examine whether they are improving or diminishing women's and men's access to assets. Meinzen-Dick offers several examples where an understanding of the asset gap has improved outcomes, or, alternatively, where ignorance of the gender asset gap has hampered project goals. Meinzen-Dick also argues that working with gender issues is critical for agricultural development. Although many argue that changing gender relations changes culture, Meinzen-Dick suggests that this is not a valid argument, since any development work changes culture. She also argues for stronger institutional support for women in agriculture, especially in light of migration and increasing emphases on nutrition and technology.
Reducing the Gender Asset Gap through Agricultural Devt. (Interview)
Meinzen-Dick, R. 2014. Interview by P. CorbÌ©. Global Donor Platform for Rural Development. ‰ÛÏReducing the Gender Asset Gap through Agricultural Devt.‰Û Washington, D.C.: IFRPI