CGIAR Gender

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research



CCAFS works with a variety of institutions in Guatemala to include a gender perspective in agricultural initiatives. Photo: J.D. Martínez (CCAFS)

Agriculture, food security and climate change with a gender lens

There is an increasing awareness of the importance of adapting agricultural systems and rural livelihoods to the challenges caused by climate change. This awareness has come hand in hand with the need to guarantee that both men and women—of different ages and ethnicities—can adapt equally to the effects of climate change. And while, in recent years, the importance of integrating gender issues…

Differences in women’s and men’s conservation of cacao agroforests in coastal Ecuador

In this article, Trent Blare (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center – CIMMYT) and Pilar Useche (University of Florida) show how preferences for agroforest conservation differ between men and women. The authors demonstrate how more inclusive land-use decisions may lead to the use of more sustainable farming practices and warn that policies that encourage inclusive land ownership do not necessarily…

A qualitative study on gendered barriers to livestock vaccine uptake in Kenya and Uganda and their implications on Rift Valley fever control

In this study, researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) show that men and women farmers experience barriers to vaccine uptake differently. The authors conclude that vaccine provision does not guarantee uptake at the community level. Buy-in from men and women farmers is critical to enhance vaccine uptake, therefore these gendered barriers should be carefully considered when designing vaccination…

What does it Mean to Make a ‘Joint’ Decision? Unpacking Intra-household Decision Making in Agriculture: Implications for Policy and Practice

This paper by Mariola Acosta and others from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security and Wageningen University, investigates the meaning of joint decision in agriculture and consumption decisions in Northern Uganda. Results show that these vary widely and not necessarily involving a conversation among the couple. The authors discuss what this means for the use…

Effects of commercialization of sweetpotato on gender relations and wellbeing among smallholder farmers

A two‐day technical workshop was organized by the International Potato Center (CIP) and held in Nairobi in November 2018 to review SUSTAIN project study findings (to understand how commercialization of sweetpotato value chains affected the wellbeing of smallholder farmers) and develop recommendations for improved programming. This workshop report covers its insights and recommendations.

New publication: Development of the project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

In this paper, researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute and partners describe the adaptation and validation of a project-level WEAI (or pro-WEAI) that agricultural development projects can use to identify key areas of women’s (and men’s) disempowerment, design appropriate strategies to address identified deficiencies, and monitor project outcomes related to women’s empowerment. 

Findings based on the WEAI lead to greater gender inclusion in decisions and programs

Launched in 2012, the (WEAI) index aims to help improve understanding of the linkages between women’s empowerment, agricultural productivity, and household food security. By doing so, it helps to diagnose empowerment gaps, identify and prioritize interventions to close these gaps, and test the effectiveness of these interventions.

Gender-inclusive facilitation for community-based marine resource management

This brief from the CGIAR Research Program on Fish helps facilitators use, reflect on, and adapt gender-inclusive strategies in their work with communities. It aims to increase the frequency and quality of strategies used to reach women, men, youth and other social groups in the preparation, design, implementation and adaptation stages of community-based approaches and draws upon lessons and experience…

Women’s empowerment, food security and nutrition of pastoral communities in Tanzania

Women’s empowerment, food security and nutrition of pastoral communities in Tanzania

This paper presents a mixed-methods study that examines the relationship between women’s empowerment, household food security, and maternal and child diet diversity (as one indicator of nutrition security) in two regions of Tanzania. Indicators across three domains of women’s empowerment were scored and matched to a household food insecurity access scale. Click to read more!