GENNOVATE is a cross-CRP, global comparative research initiative which addresses the question of how gender norms and agency influence men, women, and youth to adopt innovation in agriculture and natural resource management (NRM).
Carried out across 137 rural communities in 26 countries, this qualitative comparative study aims to provide authoritative “bottom-up” research to advance gender-transformative approaches and catalyze change in international agricultural and NRM research for development.
In discussion groups and individual interviews, more than 7,500 rural study participants of different socio-economic backgrounds and age groups reflect on and compare local women’s and men’s expected roles and behaviors — or gender norms — and how these social rules affect their ability to access, adopt, adapt, and benefit from innovations in agricultural and natural resource management.
Participants of the study reflect on questions such as:
- What are the most important new agricultural practices and technologies for the men of the village? And for the women?
- What qualities make a woman a good farmer? And a man a good farmer?
- Do young people in this village follow local customs of women doing certain agricultural activities and men others? Why or why not?
- Are there differences between a woman who is innovative and a man who is innovative?
GENNOVATE’s qualitative comparative methodology and large sample mark a first in the CGIAR, as well as the collaboration of principal investigators (PIs) from 11 Phase I CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) worldwide (see Research management section).
The initiative’s broad-based and inclusive research process strives to give rural women and men a voice by:
- Providing authoritative, contextually grounded evidence on how gender interacts with agricultural innovations
- Strengthening CRP capacities to know the target beneficiaries, design for them, and be accountable to them
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