CGIAR Gender



The CGIAR GENDER Platform hosts events and conferences to bring together gender scientists and other stakeholders. Our aim is to share research findings, exchange knowledge and build alliances to kick-start a process of genuine change toward greater gender equality and better lives for smallholder farmers everywhere.

Past annual scientific conferences

2019 Annual scientific conference and capacity development workshop

2018 Annual scientific conference and capacity development workshop

2017 Annual Scientific Conference and Capacity Development Workshop

2016 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting

All Events

Cultivate Africa Dialog: Women in Agriculture

November 17-18, 2020 – register now The Africa Union Commission (AUC) together with Hallpax (event organizer) are organizing a well-structured dialog with a view of providing effective solutions to the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agriculture industry in Africa. A cross-sectoral dialog will strengthen understanding and reinforce efforts for tackling immediate and long-term challenges facing agriculture and food…

What’s at stake: Gender, agriculture and crisis

As women face unprecedented upheavals, the development community has an opportunity to not only meet immediate needs, but to support a more innovative, equitable future.    While agriculture is the primary source of income and food security for billions of people globally, the sector suffers from a gender gap which often leaves women with limited access to resources, finance, decision-making spaces, and information.…

Virtual launch – Rise up together: Women’s role in transforming Africa’s food systems

CGIAR GENDER Platform Launch at the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2020 Virtual Summit Monday, September 7, 2020, 17:00-18:00 CAT Register here to participate.  Moving forward on agriculture in Africa and achieving sustainable, productive food systems hinges on establishing gender equality.  This requires changing the norms and policies that favor men today to include women’s preferences, realities, and ambitions. First,…


Ann Tickamyer, Professor of Rural Sociology at Penn State (photo credit: PSU)

Seeds of Change harvest: The gratification of seeing the wonderful work of GRIT graduates – Ann Tickamyer (Penn State)

During the Seeds of Change conference, we approached several personalities from the ‘Gender in Agriculture’ crowd to interview them on their work, on their insights about the conference and their outlook on the next frontiers of our field of research. Find an overview of all conference related outputs here. In this interview, we are featuring Ann Tickamyer, Professor of Rural Sociology at…

How can you integrate gender and nutrition in your research?

What is the role of men in nutrition? This and other aspects of integrating gender and nutrition in agricultural research for development (AR4D) was discussed at training workshop in Kigali, from January 23 -25. The workshop was organized by the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa, a project related to the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB). Click here…

ILRI ICARDA gender training (photo credit: ILRI)

ILRI and ICARDA team up to strengthen gender capacities for organizational effectiveness in Ethiopia

In 2015, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) carried out a gender capacity assessment of their partners in Ethiopia. It revealed low or lack of gender capacities among key CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish partners as one of the bottlenecks in the development of livestock value chains that…

Workshop report: Gender-Responsive product profile development tool

A small group of breeders, gender specialists and other breeding team members met for two days at Cornell University to review the first two prototype tools developed by the CGIAR Gender in Breeding Initiative. These tools address the key questions of breeding for whom and prioritizing which traits with the Customer Profile and Product Profile Development Tools, respectively.

A groundnut farmer in India. New varieties developed without considering women’s needs or preferences could have a negative impact on their well-being. (photo credit: ICRISAT)

The right tools for the job: enabling breeding programs to be gender-responsive

Over the past few decades, gender initiatives across CGIAR have created broad awareness among scientists about the need to consider the impact of new agricultural technologies on both men and women. However, even with this heightened awareness, breeding programs typically ask questions about the gender impact of a new plant variety or animal breed only in the final stages of…


Gender considerations in today’s post COP 21 environment: what’s missing?

The first in a new webinar series on issues related to gender and agriculture developed by the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. The purpose of this webinar was to identify what is missing in terms of gender considerations at the policy level in today’s post…