Archived Webinar

Let her Grow: Addressing the productivity gap in agriculture—Barriers and promising interventions

Gender gaps in agricultural productivity are a common issue among many developing countries: women farmers are mostly engaged in subsistence farming and are less productive than their male counterparts. UFGE supported studies show large productivity gaps, ranging from 15 percent in Timor-Leste to 26 percent in Democratic Republic of Congo. But what are the most binding constraints faced by women and what kind of interventions can help address them? This session will present evidence on the main drivers behind the observed gender gaps in Timor-Leste and examples of interventions that can help relax women’s constraints and improve their welfare, including interventions in Côte d’Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo to increase households’ access to mechanization technologies and childcare services.

This event is part of the World Bank Group’s yearlong Gender Equality and Development +10: Accelerate Equality initiative, which explores the important progress made and lessons learnt over the last 10 years in promoting girl’s & women’s empowerment, women’s leadership, drive for a transformative change toward gender equality, shifting power relations between women and men, and engaging women as agents of change for green, resilient and inclusive development (and for social cohesion, peace & stability in FCV settings). It will also take stock of remaining challenges, while strengthening partnerships with a diverse group of stakeholders in the quest to #AccelerateEquality. 

About the Presenters

Aletheia Donald

Aletheia Donald is a development economist with over a decade of experience investigating what works to promote gender equality. She currently works as an Economist at the World Bank’s Gender Innovation Lab within the Office of the Chief Economist for Africa and leads the Measures for Advancing Gender Equality initiative. Her research experience includes the study of poverty, social norms, labor, and methodological work on survey data collection. Before joining the World Bank, Aletheia was a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Evidence for Policy Design and Head of Research for the NGO Empower Dalit Women of Nepal. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Yale University and a PhD in Economics from Sapienza University.

Dimitria Kostadinova Gavalyugova

Dimitria Gavalyugova is an Economist – Gender Specialist at the World Bank’s Country Office for PNG and the Pacific Islands in Sydney, Australia. She has previously worked as a consultant at the East Asia and Pacific Gender Innovation Lab and Social Development in EAP with focus on Timor-Leste, Vietnam and Cambodia. Dimitria holds a PhD in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University in Spain.

Julia Valliant

Julia Vaillant is a Senior Economist at the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab. Her research focuses on finding what works to close gender gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa. She works on several impact evaluations in the areas of youth employment and social protection, gender-based violence, agriculture, and entrepreneurship. She currently leads the Nigeria Gender Innovation Lab, an effort to generate more evidence on how to economically empower women in Nigeria and to promote the use of the evidence in policy. Julia has a PhD in economics from Université Paris-Dauphine.

Target Audience

World Bank/IFC staff, private sector companies, researchers, international organizations, government officials, policymakers, development practitioners and other relevant stakeholders working on addressing gaps in female farmer’s access to productive assets, income, productivity, land-security and overall well-being.

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