Unlocking the Potential of Gender Research and Researchers to Influence Agricultural Research and Development

There is a global growing momentum to strengthen agricultural research for development (AR4D) by integrating gender into research projects and development interventions. Agricultural scientists, managers and particularly gender researchers are at the core of these processes to ensure effective and appropriate responses to the needs and priorities of diverse groups of food system actors—including their most marginalized members, such as rural women. Achieving this balance calls for embedding the realities and experiences of differentiated groups as an integral part of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all AR4D work, so that all are represented equitably and benefit equally. Equitable AR4D requires gender researchers, working across AR4D institutes and embedded within multi-disciplinary teams, to be equipped to lead and influence processes of designing and implementing socially inclusive approaches towards transformative change in the agricultural sector. This session will explore some of the strategies that can enable gender researchers to lead socially inclusive approaches that can drive transformative change in the agricultural sector.


Dorine Odongo, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

Michèle Mboo-Tchouawou, AWARD


  • Nicoline de Haan, CGIAR GENDER Platform
  • Petra Abdulsalam-Saghir, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Nigeria
  • Rosanne Diab, GenderInSITE, South Africa
  • Titilope Fakoya, Gender and Social Development Specialist, Nigeria