The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is working with six CGIAR research teams to better understand different aspects of gender dynamics in seed systems. In July 2017, the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research put out a call for proposals on gender relations vis a vis technological and institutional innovation, with a specific focus on gender dynamics in seed systems. A second call went out in 2019 on gender dimensions of access to high quality, non-hybrid, seed for smallholders in Africa, in collaboration with Integrated Seed System Development-Africa (ISSD-Africa).
The first batch of five research projects was carried out from September 2017 – February 2019. This call took a broad understanding of seed systems that includes vegetative material as well as inputs for agroforestry or fish agro-food systems. Principal Investigators of the selected proposals convened at the Scientific Conference and Capacity Development Workshop of the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research on December 5-8 2017 at KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam to explore common ground across the projects on gender dynamics in seed systems, and to contribute to the emerging framework for CGIAR-wide gender research. All projects were a co-investment of the Platform – through the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) – along with other CGIAR Research Programs, Centers and/or bilateral projects.
This was the first call for cross-program gender research through the Platform for its annual calls on different for research on gender and aqua/agriculture and natural resource management themes (funding dependent).
Building on CGIAR research done to-date on gender dynamics in seed systems, and in collaboration with Integrated Seed System Development-Africa (ISSD-Africa), a second call on gender dynamics in seed systems went out in October 2019. This research will look into the gender dimensions of access to high quality, non-hybrid, seed for smallholders in Africa and aligns with ISSD-Africa’s overall action learning question and/or sub-questions on this theme: What sustainable business models for seed distribution reach the diversity of farmers engaging in smallholder production (including both women and men of different social categories)?
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