CGIAR Gender

International Day of Rural Women 2017

Photo by: Neil Palmer (CIAT)

To celebrate the International Day of Rural Women (IDRW) on October 15th, the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research illustrated how gender research in agricultural and natural resource domains is contributing to improving the lives of rural women.

Eleven CGIAR gender scientists reflected on research, strategies and interventions that bring about positive change. CGIAR scientists dig into the details of rural livelihoods to uncover inequalities and address them – reducing drudgery, ensuring access to information, developing gendered tools, promoting mothers to lead nutrition efforts, unpacking participation, exploring how gender relations shape agricultural innovation, revealing the gendered impacts of climate change, increasing decision-making and incomes, and strengthening women’s land tenure rights. From rice processing to potato storage, agroforestry to climate smart agriculture, agribusiness to irrigation, biofortification to gender-responsive research methods, CGIAR research contributes to better understanding the realities that rural women face.

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