Hazel Malapit is a senior research coordinator at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), based in Washington DC. She coordinates research, training, and technical assistance on implementing the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), and conducts research on gender, women’s empowerment, agriculture, health, and nutrition issues. She is co-Principal Investigator for the Gender, Agriculture & Assets Program (GAAP) (Phase 2) and leads the technical assistance team providing guidance to partners using WEAI tools. She works with agricultural development projects, CGIAR Centers, and developing country partners to develop and apply women’s empowerment metrics in impact assessments, and leads strategic research projects in priority topics.
From 2013-2021, she led the Gender, Equity and Empowerment unit in the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Health and Nutrition (A4NH), where she was responsible for the integration of gender and social equity in A4NH. Currently, she is Co-Lead of the Methods Module for the CGIAR GENDER Platform, which aims to co-create, consolidate, and share cutting-edge methods and tools for high-quality, impactful gender research.
Before joining IFPRI, she held the Herman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender and Economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2009-2010, and conducted research on gender, labor market, and data issues at the World Bank’s Gender and Development unit (PRMGE). She holds a PhD in Economics from the American University in Washington D.C., and an MA in Economics from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.