Launch of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI).

On 8th March 2012, the International Women's Day, the innovative new Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture index will be launch to mark a breakthrough in the Measurement of the empowerment and inclusion of women in the agricultural sector.

It has been developed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

The latest media monitor includes:

Africa:
· Intergovernmental Group Warns of Possible Re-Run of Drought in Horn of Africa
· South Sudan MP says over 2000 IDPs in Sudan's Abyei in "dire need of food"
· Ethiopia, World Bank sign 50 million US dollars grant agreement
· South Korea "pledges" to assist Zimbabwean farmers
· UN aid chief visits Niger to asses drought, food crisis
· South Sudan, visiting Bangladesh delegation discuss investment plans
· Kenyan government sounds alarm over outbreak of foot and mouth disease

Asia:
· China to deepen agricultural cooperation with US
· India: Sakal online editorial "Difficult Path of Food Security."
· China issues emergency response plan to fight drought in Yunnan province
· Nearly 20 per cent of Kyrgyz people have low level of food security - UN expert

South America:
· Venezuela: Food Imports Grow to 4-Year High

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