Women play a vital role in society as they take the lead in raising children, contributing to the economy and ensuring the family has enough eat. Considering this, women empowerment has in the recent past received considerable attention by stakeholders, in a bid to promote the role of women in the otherwise male dominated society. It is the key to economic growth, political stability, and social transformation.
The women’s empowerment in livestock-focused agriculture – IMMANA project is expected to develop new metrics for women’s empowerment and animal source foods intakes that are sensitive to maternal and child nutrition (MCN), and are relevant to different livestock value chains, including pork, dairy cattle and poultry.
Mixed methods of research are used to develop and validate a robust and sensitive measure of women’s empowerment that captures the costs and benefits of livestock-focused agriculture that is relevant for MCN, especially consumption of animal source foods (ASF).
During the 3-year project which is led by Emory University, pathways of impact from livestock interventions to women’s empowerment and ultimately MCN in East Africa are being identified. It will also contribute to the development of the Women’s Empowerment in Livestock Index (WELI) that is sensitive to MCN, especially ASF intakes.
The WELI and improved assessment of ASF will be integrated into the monitoring and evaluation strategy of ongoing livestock-focused women’s empowerment and nutrition programs. The project targets the three East African countries, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.