CGIAR Gender

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research



Working paper: A typology analysis of agricultural empowerment profiles in rural Egypt with a particular focus on women

This study examines the extent of empowerment for different types of women in Egypt’s Old and New Lands (Noubariya and Kafr Shiekh). Research conducted in the past three decades in Latin America, India, and sub-Saharan Africa shows that land access empowers women in their ability to produce food, to participate in public life, as well as in household decision-making. However, relatively…

Gender in the jungle: a critical assessment of women and gender in current (2014–2016) forestry research

The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) just published this overview of women and gender issues in recent forestry research. Despite women’s crucial contributions to agroforestry and the persistent call for mainstreaming gender in sustainable development, the authors found that women and gender concerns are still largely absent or inadequately addressed in forestry research published in scientific journals.

From working in the wheat field to managing wheat: women innovators in Nepal

This recent paper shows how women in Nepal are increasingly taking control over decision-making in wheat production due to various causes including male outmigration, non-governmental organization work on promoting women’s equality which has developed women’s confidence, individual support from extension agents and strong cooperation between women to foster each other’s ‘innovation journeys’. This article provides recommendations for researchers, rural advisory services…

The impact of gender blindness on social-ecological resilience: The case of a communal pasture in the highlands of Ethiopia

The impact of gender blindness on social-ecological resilience: The case of a communal pasture in the highlands of Ethiopia

The authors studied how the failure to take into account gendered roles in the management of a communal pasture in the highlands of Ethiopia can affect the resilience of this social-ecological system. This paper integrates resilience analysis and gender analysis, to increase our understanding of processes that may undermine the ability of a social-ecological system to cope with, to adapt to,…

Women’s empowerment in agriculture and agricultural productivity

This recently published paper on maize production in Western Kenya finds that rural development interventions that aim to increase agricultural productivity—and, by extension, improve food security and reduce poverty—could achieve greater impact by integrating women’s empowerment into existing and future projects. The abbreviated version of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) was used to develop empowerment indicators.

Improved climate services, a must for better decision making among farmers

This information note by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), calls for a more participatory approach in providing climate services to men and women farmers to ensure that these services meet their specific needs for successfully responding to climate variability.

Perceived nutrition benefits and socio-demographic factors affecting consumption of forest foods in eastern and southern Cameroon

Bioversity International and partners recently published a paper that investigates the relationship between knowledge, perceptions and socio-demographic attributes towards consumption of forest foods. 279 women in charge of decision making with respect to food preparation from 12 villages in southern and eastern Cameroon were interviewed for this study.