CGIAR Gender

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research

Gender and economics workshop

The workshop titled “Advanced techniques for incorporating gender in research design, data collection and analysis for economists and other quantitative social scientists,” was held at the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Headquarters in Washington DC from September 14-16, 2016.


Gender and economics workshop summary document
Gender and economics workshop summary document

CGIAR has committed to deliver agricultural innovation with concrete benefits for poor rural men and women.  To achieve this goal, incorporating gender analysis in economics research (e.g. adoption studies, value chain analysis, constraints analysis, foresight studies, impact assessment) is essential to ground and orient the research of CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs).

While most of this research does not focus specifically on gender issues, it is often necessary to consider gender in order to adequately identify and address the key questions. Addressing gender in economics research involves more than using the right methods for collecting sex-disaggregated data. It has to begin with incorporating conceptually well-grounded questions about gender into the research design.

Frequently economists stumble across important gender issues in their work, but are not able to generate insightful analysis because the questions were poorly framed or research design was not appropriate.  Consequently, rigorous analysis cannot be done nor the findings published. In addition, incorporating gender in economics research studies can benefit from sharing research designs, questions and data collection instruments across CGIAR Research Programs.

Participants and objectives

The workshop brought together 17 economists and quantitative social scientists in CGIAR, who are not gender specialists but rather interested in learning how to incorporate gender analyses into aspects of their research. Specific objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Equip quantitative social scientists in the CGIAR with the concepts, methods, and tools needed to undertake quantitative analysis of gender issues in their work, through interaction with the workshop leaders, invited experts and intensive discussion of aspects of participants’ own work-in-progress related to the topic;
  • Provide workshop participants with an overview of what it takes to communicate their findings, whether through standard publication outlets or social media; and
  • Lay the foundation of a community of practice for quantitative gender research in the CGIAR

This workshop was a joint collaboration between IFPRI, the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) and the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network, which promotes cross-program initiatives with this potential and facilitates the work of communities of practice to develop cross-program collaboration.

The workshop was led by senior economists who are experts in the field- Dr. Cheryl Doss, University of Oxford and PIM and Dr. Agnes Quisumbing, IFPRI.



Gender and economics workshop organizers


Aktar Ali

Agricultural Economist, SEP

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) – Pakistan

Bedru B. Balana

Researcher – Economics

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) – West Africa

Dr Bedru B. Balana is a Researcher-Economics at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), West Africa office (Ghana, Accra). Prior to joining IWMI he worked as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Mekelle, Ethiopia (1995-2007) and Research Scientist (Environmental Economist) at the James Hutton Institute, UK (2008- Aug. 2014). Bedru obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics (1994) from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia); Master Degree in Economics (2000) from Punjab University-Chandigarh (India); and a PhD (2007) in Bioscience Engineering (Environmental Economics) from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). Bedru has researched extensively in the economics and management of natural resources. His research interests include integrated economic and biophysical analysis of environmental & natural resources management options (with particular focus on water resources and land economics); agri-environmental policy analysis; economics of ecosystem services and livelihoods/poverty; and environmental valuation. Methodologically, his expertise include econometric analysis, cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, choice modelling, multi-criteria methods, environmental valuation, and mathematical programming methods.

Genowefa Blundo Canto

Impact Assessment Post Doc

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Prakashan Chellattan Veettil

‎Agricultural Economist

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) – India

Prakashan is a researcher learning from field, and transfer the knowledge to scientific and policy discussions. Trained in agricultural economics, my main works and interests are on improving the livelihood of small and marginal people by means of resource utilization and technology innovations harmonizing with the environment.

Paul M. Dontsop Nguezet

Impact Economist


Paul Martin Dontsop Nguezet is a Impact Economist – SARD-SC at IITA-DR Congo. He is Cameroonian. He obtained his BSc in Economics from the University of Yaounde II (SOA) in 2001, MSc in Economics from the same university in 2002, and another MSc and PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan in 2006 and 2011, respectively. Prior to this appointment, he worked as a Consultant at Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) in Cotonou, Benin Republic. He was a Research Assistant in the CAADP Project of IITA, Ibadan, from January to September 2009 and at the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan from January to December 2008.

Shiferaw Feleke

Agricultural Economist


Shiferaw Feleke, from Ethiopia, is an Agricultural Economist. He has MSc in Agricultural Economics (2002) and a PhD (2006), both from the University of Florida, USA. Before his appointment, he was a Research Associate at the Center for Tobacco Grower Research, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee (2007- 2013). He also worked as Research Associate at the Dairy Systems Management, University of Florida (2006- 2007). He was also Research Assistant at the Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida (2000- 2006).

Ted Horbylyk

Principal Researcher – Economics

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) – Sri Lanka

Ted Horbulyk is an economist with significant field experience applying economic methods to water resources and other environmental challenges across the developing world. He has specialized training in environmental, agricultural and development economics, combined with extensive professional experience in public policy, governance, project design and management. He has worked as a consultant to a number of international agencies, and has collaborated with community and private sector partners as well as government agencies. He has taught and led groups and teams, and has represented organizations to the government, the public and other stakeholders. Ted’s expertise in program and project evaluation is founded on years of academic research and teaching in cost‐benefit analysis, combined with developing country application of results‐based management and project evaluation. He has extensive experience in building the capacity of developing‐country researchers to undertake environmental policy research. His work on public policy has also examined public pensions, income stabilization, market regulation and biotechnology.

Alwin Keil

Senior Agricultural Economist

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) – India

Dr. Keil is an Agricultural Economist with CIMMYT’s Socioeconomics Program, based in New Delhi, India. Before joining CIMMYT in January 2013, I held a position as an assistant professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Research focus: farm households’ risk management, technology adoption, efficiency analysis. Countries worked in: India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Zambia.

Enoch Kikulwe

Associate Scientist, Rural Socio-Economist

Bioversity – Uganda

Kai Mausch

Scientist, Markets, Institutions and Policies


Michele Mbo’o-Tchouawou

Development and Gender Economist

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Michele is a development and gender economist with ReSAKSS-ECA and the Poverty Gender and Impact team at ILRI. Before joining ReSAKSS and ILRI, she served as a research officer at the African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) in Nairobi and worked as a Postdoctoral research fellow at the Ecole Polytechnique in France.As a Cameroonian citizen, Michele did her undergraduate studies on economics in Rabat, Morocco, and received a PhD in Economics and a master’s degree in Networks Economics and Information Management from the University of Paris-Sud 11.

Khondoker A. Mottaleb

Applied Socio-Economist, Socioeconomics Program

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Khondoker A. Mottaleb is an Agricultural Economist at Socioeconomics Program, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), El Batan Texcoco, Mexico. Prior joining in CIMMYT, Khodnoker worked in International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, Philippines and GRIPS, Tokyo, Japan, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Applied economic research including households decision making and choice under risk and complexity are the research areas of Khondoker.

Adewale Oparinde

Research Fellow, Harvest Plus

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Adewale Oparinde is a Research Fellow for the Harvest Plus Program at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and is a member of the impact research team. He joined IFPRI in 2011 as an associate research fellow to lead impact research on technology adoption and acceptance in Nigeria. Adewale has a multidisciplinary background in economics, biological sciences, policy, and environmental management. He received his Ph.D. with specialization in Agricultural and Resource Economics in 2011 from the Rural Economics and Environmental Policy research group at the Land Economy Department, University of Cambridge. Also, he holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and an MPhil degree in Environmental Policy from Cambridge. His research interests include microeconomic analysis of the nexus between agriculture, food security, environment and governance issues. His current research work includes leading and supporting non-randomized impact assessment and randomized evaluation studies in Rwanda, Nigeria, Burundi, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Guatemala to measure the impact of biofortification program on adoption, consumption, nutrition and gender outcomes. He has been part of a team of experts that designed and implemented the DFID/IFPRI/RVC/Berkeley Avian Influenza Pro-Poor Risk Reduction Strategy project in Africa and Asia. Most of his research work use experimental, applied microeconometric and qualitative research methods. Adewale is experienced in implementing research in rural areas of developing countries, and in mainstreaming research into policy by engaging stakeholders at various levels.

Kalyani  Raghunathan

Associate Research Fellow, PHND

IFPRI – India

Kalyani Raghunathan joined IFPRI as an Associate Research Fellow in June 2015. Her research interests lie in the evaluation of social protection schemes, and her dissertation largely focused on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in India. Currently she is working on the PRADAN and JEEViKA projects as part of the Poverty, Health and Nutrition (PHN) team. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in May, 2015, and a Master’s in Quantitative Economics from the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, in May, 2010.

Byron Reyes

Nicaragua Technical Liaison Officer (Managua)

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Byron Reyes has experience in assessing the impact of agricultural research in developing countries at the national and international levels. He currently works conducting impact assessment of various research initiatives in Central America, collaborates with researchers from various institutions and universities in the region and other continents, and is CIAT’s technical liaison officer for Nicaragua. As part of his activities, he collaborates with CGIAR centers, National Agricultural Research Centers from Latin America, and Legume Innovation Lab researchers based in U.S. universities and some of their partners in Africa. His work involves contributing to new and ongoing research which focuses on: 1) economic impact evaluation design, 2) testing innovative methods for collection and assembly of diffusion data, 3) assessing the impact of agricultural interventions among coffee producers in Nicaragua and Honduras, and 4) assessing the impact of biofortified varieties among producers and rural consumers. Further, he interacts with international technical cooperation agencies and donors, and NGOs working on development in Central America.

Alphonse Singbo

Market Economics Scientist

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) – Mali

Dr. Singbo is working as Agricultural Economics Scientist with ICRISAT. He has experience in quantitative modeling and efficiency analysis of crop production, stated and revealed choice research, spatial econometrics and has developed a new methodology to analyze marketing efficiency. He has more than 10 years experiences in designing survey questionnaires, collecting primary data, developing conceptual framework, conducting value chains and policy analyses, assessing economic impacts and working with national and international development partners. He has coordinated many research programs and has managed a team of scientist at international and national research centers. He has teaching experience in Laval University, Institute of Agri-food Technology in Quebec and Wageningen University. Countries of expertise include: Mali, Canada, and Benin. He has worked intensively on the adoption of best management practices by farmers in Quebec, on the scale economies and productivity growth of Quebec’s dairy farms. He has also investigated the performance of agricultural sectors in West Africa. His current work includes research on how to better linking smallholder farmers to agribusiness, improve inclusiveness in the dryland areas of West and Central Africa and increase the profitability of cereal crop intensification for farmers.

Takuji W. Tsusaka

Associate Scientist, Markets, Institutions and Policies

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)













Day 1 Wednesday, September 14
8:30am-9:00am Registration

Welcome and introductions

Cheryl Doss

9:30am-10:30am Analyzing Gender Issues in Agriculture:  An introduction for quantitative social scientists Agnes Quisumbing
10:30am-10:45am Break
10:45am -12:30pm

Developing Research Questions and Identifying Methodologies

Cheryl Doss

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

Use of Qualitative Methods to Complement Quantitative Approaches

Jessica Heckert and Sunny Kim

2:30pm-2:45pm Introduction to Small Group Discussions of Individual Research Projects
2:45pm-3:00pm Break
3:00pm-5:00pm Group discussions
5:00pm-5:15pm Wrap-up, Day 1
7:00pm Group Dinner


Day 2 Thursday, September 15

Collecting Sex-Disaggregated Data

Cheryl Doss

10:15am-10:30am Break

Obtaining Data that is Useful for Gender Analysis

Markus Goldstein, Gender Innovation Lab, World Bank

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

Panel on Research on Gender, Technology Adoption, and Impact Evaluation

David Spielman and Patrick Ward, IFPRI; Dan Gilligan, IFPRI; Neha Kumar, IFPRI; Shalini Roy, IFPRI

3:30pm-3:45pm Break
3:45pm-4:45pm Panel by workshop participants on their own research
4:45pm-5:00pm Wrap-up, Day 2


Day 3 Friday, December 4

Small group discussions of individual work


9:45am-10:00am Break

Panel:  Communicating and Publishing Research Findings

Howdy Bouis, Harvest Plus; Krista Jacobs, USAID; Agnes Quisumbing, IFPRI


Moving Forward and Building a Community of Practice

Cheryl Doss

12:15pm-12:30pm Wrap-up and closing