Data Needs for Gender Analysis in Agriculture

IFPRI Discussion Paper 01261

22 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2013

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Cheryl R. Doss

University of Oxford - Department of International Development

Date Written: April 2013


To support gender analysis in agriculture, household surveys should be better designed to capture gender-specific control and ownership of agricultural resources such as male-owned, female-owned, and jointly owned assets. This paper offers guidelines on how to improve data collection efforts to ensure that women farmers are interviewed and that their voices are heard. Researchers need to clarify who should be interviewed, how to structure the interview, and how to identify which people are involved in various activities, as owners, managers, workers, and decisionmakers. It is important not simply to assume that one particular person does these activities based on social norms, but instead to ask the questions to allow for a range of answers that can demonstrate how the gender patterns in agriculture are changing. To assist in these efforts, the paper provides an overview of relevant questions to include, emphasizing that whenever questions are asked about ownership and access to resources, answers should be associated with individuals. Finally, collecting data on the institutions that are related to agricultural production and marketing allows analysis of the gender-based constraints and opportunities that they present.

Keywords: Agriculture, data, Gender, Household behavior, Household survey, methodologies, Surveys, Women

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Doss, Cheryl R., Data Needs for Gender Analysis in Agriculture (April 2013). IFPRI Discussion Paper 01261, Available at SSRN:

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