What Works to Improve Women Farmers’ Income? A Presentation of the USAID Improved Activity Cost-Effectiveness (ImpAct) Review

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As the Generating Resilience and Opportunities (GROW) commitment notes, USAID “aims to deepen and scale its programming to reach, benefit, and empower more women around the world,” yet the evidence base on which approaches have the greatest impact, and under what conditions, is still emerging. This webinar will highlight one area – agricultural production – where there is a growing set of cost-effectiveness that can help drive resources toward approaches that benefit and empower women in agricultural settings.

The USAID Office of the Chief Economist, the Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment Hub, and the Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security (REFS) have reviewed dozens of impact evaluations, creating a set of Improved Activity Cost-Effectiveness (ImpAct) Recommendations that can be used to inform the design and implementation of gender-equitable and transformative agriculture programs. Rather than emphasizing monolithic best practices, the session will highlight why certain programs have been found to be cost-effective in past studies. Looking at studies of the same program across geographies, we will share what contextual conditions, implementer capacities, or other details accounted for differences in costs and impacts. Going through the evidence itself, and in the Q&A that follows, we will emphasize how global evidence should be interpreted through a lens of local knowledge to critically assess whether a given model is likely to succeed in a particular country.