Cultivating Equality 2021 conference

Group photo from Mau forest

Photo by Patrick Shepherd/CIFOR.

The Cultivating Equality: Advancing Gender Research in Agriculture and Food Systems conference was held virtually on October 12–15, 2021.

In 2021, the UN Food Systems Summit called for “bold actions to transform the way the world produces and consumes food” to advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Gender equality is a pre-condition for achieving these goals and generating sustainable and resilient agriculture and food systems. The online conference ‘Cultivating Equality: Advancing Gender Research in Agriculture and Food Systems’ focused on research that helps understand and advance positive synergies
among sustainable and resilient agricultural, rural and food systems, and equality in societies globally.

It addressed how marginalization and social exclusion are shaped at the intersection of gender with other social dimensions, such as socio-economic status, age or generation, ethnicity, or religion and belief systems, and the catalytic role gender research can play to help overcome such exclusions.

The conference was co-organized by the CGIAR GENDER Platform and Wageningen University & Research as EU Gender-SMART partner.

Key resources


Marlene Elias of The Alliance

Marlène Elias

Alliances Module Leader; Gender Lead and Gender research coordinator Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture

Conference session recordings and resources