About Us

A roadside dracontomelum (dao dragon plum) saleswoman sells some citronella to a roaming vegetable vendor in Bac Ninh province, Vietnam. Photo: ILRI/Nguyen Ngoc Huyen.

Generating Evidence and New Directions for Equitable Results (GENDER) is CGIAR’s platform designed to put gender equality at the forefront of global agricultural research for development. The Platform is transforming the way gender research is done, both within and beyond CGIAR, to kick-start a process of genuine change toward greater gender equality and better lives for smallholder farmers everywhere.

Our vision

A world in which gender equality drives transformation toward sustainable, productive and climate-resilient food systems.

Meet Amina

Amina is a farmer.

She sows and harvests. She feeds and tends her family’s animals, collects fuelwood, carries water. She sells crops she grows. She shops and cooks. She funds her children’s education, cleans house, takes care of the sick and elderly.

Despite all of this, Amina has less access to assets, opportunities and benefits than her husband, her brother, her father or her son. Much less.


Launched in January 2020, GENDER builds on a wealth of research and learning generated by the previous CGIAR Gender Network and the Collaborative Platform for Gender Research (2011–2019). It encompasses all 15 CGIAR Research Centers, 12 collaborative CGIAR Research Programs and 3 CGIAR system-wide research support Platforms. GENDER is hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya.

CGIAR gender community

The CGIAR gender research coordinators, gender scientists and post-doctoral fellows from across the CGIAR system make up important parts of the CGIAR gender community. The Platform also serves external partners, a group that includes national agricultural research and extension systems, university partners, non-government organizations, multilateral institutions and governments with whom CGIAR collaborates.

Want to join our community?

Dgroups is a space for people working on gender in and around CGIAR to exchange ideas and resources.

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GENDER is hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and is grateful for the support of CGIAR Trust Fund Contributors.

CGIAR GENDER Platform resources