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Understanding gender in wheat-based livelihoods in Ethiopia

Why do women face so many challenges in wheat farming households? In this video, researchers from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) together with extension workers shed light on the gender dynamics in wheat-based livelihoods in Ethiopia.

Among many resources the study offers is a unique, in-depth gender knowledge base. (Photo credit: Dina Najjar/ICARDA)

Global study paves the way for developing gender-transformative interventions

ICARDA has contributed 10 case studies to GENNOVATE. Three case studies from Morocco focused on linking gender norms and agency with innovations in agriculture, such as drip irrigation, and improved wheat and chickpeas varieties. Uzbekistan’s four case studies linked gender norms and agency with improved wheat varieties. Three cases in India’s Rajasthan studied the link of gender norms and agency…

(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…

The feminizing face of wheat farming in South Asia

In wheat systems throughout South Asia, the gender myth that “wheat is a man’s crop” is still pervasive. To debunk this myth, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is combatting stereotypical norms of women in agriculture through GENNOVATE, a project carried out by 11 CGIAR Research Programs. Led by CIMMYT, this global comparative research initiative strives to address the questions…

Lone Badstue is Gender Research Coordinator for the CGIAR Research Programs on MAIZE and on WHEAT. She is also Gender Research Leader at CIMMYT (photo credit: CIMMYT)

The Pulse: Lone Badstue

What is on the minds of leading CGIAR researchers as they integrate gender perspectives in pursuit of system-wide objectives? I am concerned about who is able to learn about, try out, take up, adapt and benefit from the new agricultural knowledge and technologies that we produce in agricultural research-for-development (AR4D). And most of all, I am interested in how AR4D can…

AgriGender Journal

Special ‘GENNOVATE’ issue of the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security out!

The September 2018 (Volume 3, Issue 1) of the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security (Agri-Gender) is dedicated to the GENNOVATE initiative. Several years of research have gone into this special issue which features papers introducing GENNOVATE, its field methodology, capacity to innovate, gendered aspirations, normative climate shaping agency, and community typology.

Strengthening women in wheat farming in India: Old challenges, new realities, new opportunities

This resource provides guidance for scientists, researchers, and rural advisory services in wheat-based systems on how to better target women in all communities and how to improve inclusion for everyone. It builds on 12 case studies conducted across India’s wheat belt under the CGIAR Research Program on WHEAT as part of GENNOVATE, a large-scale collaborative research initiative focusing on how gender…

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…

Literature on gendered agriculture in Pakistan: Neglect of women’s contributions

This new publication features a literature review on women’s role in agriculture from 1990 until 2016. Using a feminist standpoint theory, the study aims to answer how the world looks and operates for males and females in wheat growing households. More specifically, this literature review looks into social relationships and mediating processes (i.e. social factors mediating men’s and women’s access to resources…

CIMMYT promotes gender awareness in agriculture research and development in Ethiopia

Gender awareness and gender-sensitive approaches are slowly spreading into agricultural research, extension, and policy in Ethiopia. An initiative led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is helping to drive evidence-based approaches to foster gender equality and include it in mainstream agricultural research.