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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

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

The Small-Scale Fishers Guidelines

Promoting gender equity and equality through the small-scale fisheries guidelines: Experiences from multiple case studies

The SSF Guidelines acknowledge the roles of women in the small-scale fisheries value chain, the need for gender equity and equality in access to human well-being resources, and the need for equal gender participation in fisheries governance. They also offer practical guidance to implement practices that foster gender equity and strive for equality.

Blog: Women in Kenya improve their families’ food security through simple land-restoration technology

Ana Maria Paez-Valencia, Center gender representative for the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), writes about agricultural innovations that help women to significantly improve household food security in Kenya’s drylands. The success of these innovations combined with the out-migration of men, have influenced gendered norms and roles and can increase women’s decision-making power.

A woman plants gnetum in Lekié, Cameroon. Photo by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR

Woman on a mission: Pushing for rights and a seat at the decision-making table, an interview with Cécile Ndjebet

Marlène Elias, Gender Research Coordinator for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) sat down with President of the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF) Cécile Ndjebet to discuss the network’s successes and challenges, as well as her views on the role of FTA research in supporting transformative change for REFACOF members, their communities,…

How aquaculture is reshaping gender roles in Bangladesh

Women play an important role in aquaculture production in Bangladesh, especially when it comes to the shrimp processing industry and homestead ponds. Through two case studies and a literature review, this study explores women’s empowerment and sheds light on the enabling and constraining factors for women’s equitable and gainful participation in aquaculture in Bangladesh.

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


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