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International Day of Rural Women 2018

To celebrate the International Day of Rural Women (IDRW) on October 15th, the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research illustrates how gender research in agricultural and natural resource domains is contributing to improving the lives of rural women. 

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To mark the International Day of Rural Women on October 15th, the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is proud to share CGIAR gender research in agricultural and natural resource domains that contribute to improving the lives of rural women.

This year’s contributions capture some of what we know about rural women in various domains, how we can analyze and measure women’s empowerment, and pathways to change. We start off in Nepal hearing from a woman (Nita) rice-farmer whose husband has migrated for work. We then hear more from CGIAR gender researchers as they study:

  • Effects of male out-migration on women who remain in farming communities;
  • Women’s heterogeneity when it comes to research on agriculture for nutrition and health, and of listening to women’s stories;
  • The almost universal need for better rights provision for women;
  • The relationship between gender norms and innovation both in forest landscapes in Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan and in wheat agri-food systems in Nepal;
  • Empowering women through fodder seed provision in Afghanistan;
  • Measuring women’s empowerment in relation to climate change and livestock agri-food systems;
  • Gender inclusive breeding programs;
  • Changing practices and perceptions when it comes to the consumption of whole grain sorghum and millet in Mali;
  • Empowering women through nutrition and hygiene education in Mozambique;
  • Women’s participation in rice agri-business innovation platforms that support local rice value chain development;
  • Women taking the lead in climate-smart agriculture and developing their livelihoods;
  • And, finally, a photo tribute to rural women!

CGIAR gender research provides evidence to support development programming that improves the lives of rural women all over the world.

Join us in celebrating rural women today!

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IDRW stories from across CGIAR

Turning the spotlight on masculinities in agricultural research and development

How do social norms around gender influence the work of agricultural development professionals? A recent workshop held in Mexico for agricultural extension professionals – comprising 20 women and 26 men – turned the spotlight on the topic of masculinities, defined as “a set of attributes, values, and behaviors that are characteristic of being a man in a given society and…

The invaluable contribution of rural women to development

Click here to learn more about the work of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) exploring the multiple facets in which rural women contribute to and are impacted by issues including health, nutrition, economy, agricultural production, and food security and safety.

Gender norms and agency in the Ethiopian agriculture sector: a policy brief

In this policy brief, Kristie Drucza and Mulunesh Tsegaye (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center – CIMMYT) describe how investment and robust studies are needed to strengthen the body of evidence and facilitate gender, mainstreaming in agricultural development; restrictive gender norms remain one of the most significant obstacles for women’s agricultural innovation. Read the brief for more findings!

Gender and breeding: culinary tests with farmers sharpen breeding objectives

In this case study by the CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative, Kristie Isaacs describes how the project worked with women to undertake culinary tests in Mali. These culinary tests are ongoing and dynamic in order to ensure new varieties are acceptable, and so that breeding objectives shift as consumer and producer demand shifts.

Women’s access to agricultural technologies in rice production and processing hubs: A comparative analysis of Ethiopia, Madagascar and Tanzania

In this article, researchers from the Africa Rice Center and partners explore women’s access to rice technologies and constraints to adoption of technologies and identifies key institutional and cultural impediments related to the mode of delivery of extension services. The authors also reveal that the empowerment of women in decision making at the household level can enhance women’s access and engagement in better farming…

(photo credit: Peter Lowe / CIMMYT)

International Day of Rural Women 2018

To celebrate the International Day of Rural Women (IDRW) on October 15th, the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research illustrated how gender research in agricultural and natural resource domains is contributing to improving the lives of rural women.  Click here to access our campaign or click the photo below. To mark the International Day of Rural Women on October 15th, the CGIAR…