Monitoring changes in intrahousehold decision-making and evaluating its impact: A toolkit

Els Lecoutere
Analysis and Policy Brief 28

In this IOB policy brief we introduce a toolkit for monitoring changes in intrahousehold decision-making and evaluating its impact. The toolkit, the manual and an innovative behavioural exercise are available online (Links are included at the end of this brief).

Cooperation between husband and wife – the main decision-makers in agricultural households – is often hindered by traditional roles and responsibilities, as well as norms and customs rooted in patriarchy. Women in this way are often side-lined when strategic decisions are made about the household farm. Increasingly it is being recognized that this intrahousehold state of affairs is part of the reason why smallholder household farming systems – the dominant agricultural systems in developing contexts – are not efficient and characterised by significant gender inequities. In response, an increasing number of interventions and policies are devised to change the way spouses in agricultural households collaborate and make decisions. Knowing if, and to what extent, such interventions cause changes is not only scientifically interesting, but also essential to be able to build on good practice and contribute to more efficient, sustainable and equitable smallholder farming.

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