Women Empowerment in Livestock Business (WELBI): A preliminary baseline survey report on the empowerment of women agripreneurs in dairy and poultry value chains in Tanzania and Ethiopia

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Empowering women alongside men as decision-makers in all phases of livestock value chains as well as within households, is central to reducing poverty. The Women Empowerment in Livestock Index (WELI) combines both qualitative and quantitative approaches to measure the empowerment of women involved in livestock raising, integrating business (economic) and household spheres of livelihood into one tool. This paper describes the main results on women’s and men’s empowerment using the WELBI methodology, as well as how the index calculation was formulated. Women in the three study countries were found to have lower ‘adequacy rates’ in ownership of land and assets relative to male respondents.

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