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#IWD2016

Change in the makingPlanet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality

 

This year’s International Women’s Day campaign led by UN Women will focus on  how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.

While a powerful initiative given that women’s participation and thus gender equality is a vital part of ensuring that the Sustainable Development Goals can be attained, achieving gender parity by 2030 is much more complex and contains a multitude of dimensions from attaining gender parity in the board room to improved household decision making, to closing the gender gap in agriculture. For CGIAR and partners working in the realm of agricultural research for sustainable development, this is the most relevant dimension.

Agriculture is underperforming because of women’s unequal access to land, fertilizer, technology, extension and credit. At the same time agriculture also faces formidable challenges, from increased food demand to climate change impacts.Closing these gender gaps, therefore, would be good for both women and for agriculture.

Achieving gender parity in agriculture however, is not just about women; rather it’s about the balance of power between men and women, and the distribution of mutual benefits.

Recent CGIAR research suggests that agricultural strategies designed to change restrictive gender norms that perpetuate unequal control over assets may help women to benefit more from the work they do in agriculture.

This International Women’s Day, while stepping it up for gender equality and aiming to achieve planet 50-50 by 2030, let’s focus on influencing policies and engaging in interventions that promote cooperation – as in joint ownership — that benefits women as well as men.

Cooperation however, can’t work if there’s underlying inequity — if one cooperator controls all the assets and the other is weakly endowed.

We therefore, need to keep pursuing policy, and legal and normative changes that level the playing field in terms of improving women’s access to land, wages, technology, training, credit and market participation. There’s no easy substitute for that.

Here’s what Planet 50-50 looks like across the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network

Change in the Making

Photo: Sandro Bozzolo/Bioversity International

The CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network has begun a series of progress reports, called Change in the Making. These reports are being prepared in close consultation with gender researchers across CRPs, drawing on their published findings from recent work all of which can be accessed here, which network members are actively sharing with one another and the wider community of experts.

Equitable access to assets and resources

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The gendered dimensions of working conditions in Morocco

A recent study by the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems targets landless women and men that sell their labor for commercial and family farms practicing intensified agriculture. The authors quantify the gender wage gap and explore the working conditions within the agricultural sector in Saiss Morocco.

Photo Credit: Mitchell Maher / IFPRI

Women’s empowerment and the adoption of improved maize varieties

Despite recent evidence that decisions about technology adoption often involve input from both men and women, the literature on technology adoption rarely considers gender and intrahousehold issues. In this paper, the authors use survey data from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania to investigate the influence of women’s empowerment on the adoption of improved maize varieties (IMVs). While the results are mixed…

Photo by Sujata Ganguly

Towards a comprehensive understanding of changing gender roles

“Changing gender roles and responsibilities,” is an important topic of discussion in the world of agricultural research for development today. This is most often owing to the fact that males in India are often perceived as being more outgoing than females, or the simple fact that in most instances men have better access to information, resources, etc. than women. While…

Nafasgul, a woman farmer in the Parwan province of Afghanistan, is elated at her association with ‘Hurra Jalali Agriculture Service and Seed Production Company’.  When asked why , “Our VBSE (Village Based Seed Enterprise) is unique. It is led by a woman,” she says with a chuckle.

Stepping it up for gender equality

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Planet 50-50: step it up for gender equality by 2030. Community-based incentives such as women led village based seed enterprises are a first step in ensuring that women are equal participants, both within the household and the farm.

Women and gender in drylands

Women and girls in drylands make significant contributions to rural economies as farmers, entrepreneurs, and laborers. They are responsible for producing and processing food, feeding and caring for family members − particularly children and the elderly, generating income and contributing to the overall well-being of their households, as well as local and global economies.

Yet, in many dryland countries across Africa, Middle East, Central and South Asia, rural women continue to face discrimination and have limited access to agricultural assets, land, credit, education, healthcare, employment, information, technologies and other services. These in turn limit women’s mobility and participation in critical decision-making processes, and prevent them from fully enjoying their fundamental rights and better livelihood opportunities.


Women and Gender in Drylands by CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems on Exposure

#IWD2016: Voices from across CGIAR

Farmers of earth

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AWARD and ICRAF celebrate International Women's Day

2016 International Women’s Day Celebrations

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), together with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) cordially invite you to events organized to mark the International Women’s Day, 2016.

March 3, 2016: There will be a special screening of the award winning documentary, “Taking Root, The Vision of Wangari Maathai”. The Screening will be held at the Lundgren Auditorium at the ICRAF Campus in Gigiri, Nairobi, from 11:30am.

March 8, 2016: In keeping with the theme of International Women’s Day, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,” we have planned to have key discussions, led by notable panelists including Dr. Musonda Mumba, UNEP Programme Officer, Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) Flagship Programme, Wanjira Maathai, Project leader, The Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies, Ramni Jamnadass, Co- Leader, Tree Diversity, Domestication and Delivery at ICRAF and Lucy Muchoki, the ‎CEO of the Pan African Agribusiness and Agroindustry Consortium. The theme for this event will be “Transforming Agricultural and Rural Livelihoods through Gender Empowerment,”and will be moderated by AWARD Director, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg.

The main aim of these conversations will be to share successes, and approaches to gender empowerment, including experiences from panelists, their work, and how we can realize empowerment, as an approach to innovation, and livelihoods transformation. This event will also be held at the ICRAF campus in Gigiri, UN Avenue on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 10:00am.

For AWARD Fellows, Mentors, and other interested participants outside Nairobi and Kenya, the live stream link from where you will be able to view the entire panel session is http://bit.ly/1TYVJKN

 

WHERE: World Agroforestry Center – United Nations Avenue, P. O. Box 30677, Nairobi 00100, Kenya –View Map