Evidence update 2: Gender, land and agricultural development in Africa | Land Portal
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October 2016
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This Evidence update builds on and nuances the conclusions drawn in DFID’s Topic Guide on Women’s Empowerment in a Changing Agricultural and Rural Context (Murray, 2015).

It draws on academic research on gender, land and agriculture since 2014, as well as on relevant reports and papers from international organisations and think tanks working on these issues. It also comments on how recent research strengthens, contradicts or nuances existing positions on the relationship between strengthening land tenure security and women’s empowerment. Recommendations for various stakeholder groups are provided in the report, along with suggestions on scaling /replicating what has been seen to work.

Evidence updates, produced by LEGEND’s Core Land Support Team, provide a series of short briefs, summarising emerging bodies of evidence from different sources on key themes related to land governance or particular country issues. They offer technical advisers, policy-makers and researchers a way of keeping abreast of research to provide a source of quick evidence-based pointers on what to do and what to avoid in land-related policy and programming. Source material comes principally from peer-reviewed publications, in line with DFID Guidelines, offering evidence that is large in scale, consistent and contextually relevant. All Evidence Updates are peer-reviewed.

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Kristina Lanz and Elizabeth Daley


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Our mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.

We do this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate.

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