This report documents a series of qualitative assessments completed as part of a pilot test of the Pro-WEAI for the “Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project – Phase 2” (GAAP2) project led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) was launched by IFPRI, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and USAID’s Feed the Future program in February 2012 and was the first comprehensive standardized measure to capture women’s empowerment and inclusion in the agricultural sector. The Pro-WEAI, or project-level WEAI, seeks to assist individual organizations and projects with measurement tools that can be used to assess empowerment of women within the context of agricultural projects. The qualitative data documented in this report was designed to help interpret the results of the quantitative Pro-WEAI survey that Freedom from Hunger conducted in 2016 within one of its projects in Burkina Faso, called the Building the Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in Burkina Faso project.
Understanding Gender Norms in Rural Burkina Faso: A Qualitative Assessment