Gender-smart agriculture for food security

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This event is part of the World Bank Group’s yearlong Gender Equality and Development +10: Accelerate Equality initiative. This session aims to give a presentation of the need to invest in the inclusion of women in the design of climate-smart agriculture tools; in the context of both the food and climate crisis. Event registration.

The session will bring to the forefront the urgency of this inclusion, followed by the presentation of development and methodology of rigorous gender-smart agriculture tools. The session will outline how to create Gender targeted-interventions that fit into Climate Smart Agriculture projects and enhance the technologies developed by clients and countries. The session will provide task teams and practitioners with the background on why these measures are specific and how to measure them. The session will include a quick training on using the new Gender-Smart for CSA tool developed in the AICCRA project. The session will continue with a discussion on how to apply this in a project setting, and how this would be applicable to many AGF investment projects.

Background: Women suffer disproportionately from food insecurity globally. Women farmers also bear the brunt of climate change impact on agriculture. In the current food crisis fueled by the war in Ukraine, millions more women are expected to fall into acute malnutrition with tens of billions of people expected to tip into food insecurity.

Women have less access to technologies, information, resources, and finance for their agriculture activities across the globe. The cost of the gender productivity gap in agriculture – inequalities in access to and control of productive and financial resources – inhibits agricultural productivity, reduces food security, and costs millions to countries.  

We need to continue to find more ways to support women’s agriculture activities that will overcome the gender gap in productivity and promote gender equality for the benefits of their communities and society, while also understanding the critical role women play in mitigating and adapting to climate change.  One of our more innovative projects is Accelerating the Impact of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) which focuses on how climate-smart agriculture can contribute to women’s resilience and empowerment in the context of climate change.  As part of project roll-out, AICCRA developed a “gender-smart agriculture” framework to plan, implement and assess gender-responsive CSA. It includes gender gap analysis, identification and prioritization of gender-responsive CSA, participatory and consultative implementation models as well as gender-targeted climate information services and value chain approaches.


Dr. Nicoline de Haan; Head of the CGIAR Gender Platform, Hana Brixi; Global Director Gender, Martien van Nieuwkoop; Global Director Food and Agriculture, Dr. Sophia Huyer; Gender Lead AICCRA, CCAFS Gender Focal Point, Julian Lampietti; Global Engagements Unit. Food and Agriculture, Nora Kaoues; Program Manager, Global Unit, Food and Agriculture, Ioannis Vasileiou; Climate Focal Point, Global Unit, Food and Agriculture and Patricia van de Velde; Gender Focal Point, Food and Agriculture.


  • 8.00-8.02: Nora Kaoues, Program Manager, Global Unit, Food and Agriculture-Welcome and set-up
  • 8.02-8.06: Hana Brixi, Global Director Gender-Opening Remarks
  • 8.06-8.10: Martien van Nieuwkoop, Global Director Food and Agriculture-Introduction Remarks
  • 8.10-8.15: Patricia van de Velde, Gender Focal Point, Food and Agriculture-Background and Settings
  • 8.15-8.30: Dr. Sophia Huyer ; Gender Lead AICCRA, CCAFS Gender Focal Point-Presentation of Gender-Smart and Methodology including the  Development, Usage, and Potential. 
  • 8.30-8.5: Dr. Nicoline de Haan; Head of the CGIAR Gender Platform-Broad Picture of cooperation and Support. How to add rigor to the inclusion of women in agriculture?
  • 8.35-8.40: Ioannis Vasileiou, Climate Focal Point, Global Unit, Food and Agriculture-Relevance in CSA projects and real-time applicability
  • 8.40- 8.55: Nora; Discussion and Questions-Questions in the chat answered/Perspectives
  • 8.55-9.00: Martien or Julian-Closing Remarks

This event is part of the World Bank Group’s yearlong Gender Equality and Development +10: Accelerate Equality initiative, which explores the important progress made and lessons learned over the last 10 years in closing gender gaps and promoting girl's and women's empowerment and drives for transformative change in the future.  

It provides an opportunity to showcase successes, learn, and develop ideas and further momentum for the future of gender equality and women’s leadership, while taking stock of remaining challenges and strengthening partnerships in the quest to #AccelerateEquality.

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