Making a Difference - Dumplings and Development

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by Emily Myers, Senior Research Analyst, Poverty, Gender, and Inclusion Unit, IFPRI; Eleanor Jones, Research Analyst, Director General’s Office, IFPRI; and Hazel Malapit, Senior Research Coordinator, Poverty, Gender, and Inclusion Unit, IFPRI


This blog post is part of a special monthly series entitled “Making a Difference,” documenting the impact of IFPRI’s projects and initiatives. These stories reflect the wide breadth of the Institute’s research, communications, and capacity-strengthening activities around the world, in fulfillment of its mission. The blog series has been peer-reviewed by IFPRI’s Impact Committee members.

Dumplings are one of the most universally adaptable foods. The basic template of dough and filling, customized with local ingredients, flavors, and traditions, is found in almost every country: Gyoza in Japan, momo in Nepal, varenyky in Ukraine, empanadas in Spain and Latin America, to name just a few.

The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) is a survey tool that aims to emulate a similar kind of versatility when used in different regions and contexts. WEAI measures the inclusion of women in the agricultural sector, which has been gaining greater recognition as women are of crucial importance for overall growth and development.

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