CGIAR Gender

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research

Workshops

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research supports and promotes collaborative research, knowledge sharing and capacity development on gender and  agriculture. For workshops, training, events and scientific conferences, see below.

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…

GRIT training, with Eileen Nchanji first from left (photo credit: GRIT)

GRIT 2018: Did I meet my objective?

By Eileen Nchanji (International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Nairobi, Kenya) After joining the CIAT/PABRA (Center for International Tropical Agriculture/Pan African Bean Alliance), I was on the lookout for collaborations with gender scientists, especially from CGIAR. However, I was not successful. Last month, I received an invitation to attend the third Gender Research and Integrated Training (GRIT) workshop with gender and…

Intersectionality (image credit IWDA)

Complexity of intersectionality: relevance to African research

By Eileen Nchanji (International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Nairobi, Kenya), Lilian Nkengla (International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics, Bamako, Mali) and Susan Ajambo (Bioversity Internationa, Kampala, Uganda). One of the courses we were taught during the Gender Research and Integrated Training (GRIT) workshop focused on intersectionality. As the course went on we realised that the society and institution we…

Unpacking masculinities workshop IWMI (photo credit: WLE)

Why we need to discuss masculinity in the water sector

In the development sector, including water, gender is generally misunderstood as ‘by women and for women.’ Similarly, gender equality can sometimes be perceived as something to be achieved through fixed quota systems in user associations. Conversations about cultural and social structures that privilege ‘masculine’ qualities over ‘feminine’ ones are rarely brought into the equation. The question needs to be asked…

GRIT training (photo credit: E. Nchanji)

Connecting social and natural sciences: GRIT experiences from the field

By Eileen Nchanji (International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Nairobi, Kenya), Lilian Nkengla (International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics, Bamako, Mali) and Susan Ajambo (Bioversity Internationa, Kampala, Uganda). The Gender Research and Integrated Training (GRIT) program is a three-year collaborative program between Pennsylvania State University and CGIAR. This collaboration has led to various training courses aiming to see interdisciplinary teams…