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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

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

Milk bar at Maai Mahiu, Kenya (photo credit: North Star Alliance)

Webinar: Gendered barriers and opportunities in milk trading in peri-urban Nairobi

The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is hosting the webinar ‘Gendered barriers and opportunities in milk trading in peri-urban Nairobi‘ on Monday December 17 (3.00-4.30pm CET). The webinar is organized in collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR Background and purpose of this webinar…

Women’s hidden harvest: Indigenous vegetables and amaXhosa cultural survival in Hobeni Village, South Africa

In this book, Katie Tavenner (Bioversity International), aims to capture the experiences of these women of the Hobeni Village in South Africa, and to provide an accessible text documenting their stories of cultural and physical survival. For over 100 years, the communities next to the Dwesa and Cwebe Forests have been caught in a conflict over natural resources. Residents were…

The invaluable contribution of rural women to development

Click here to learn more about the work of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) exploring the multiple facets in which rural women contribute to and are impacted by issues including health, nutrition, economy, agricultural production, and food security and safety.

Gender norms and agency in the Ethiopian agriculture sector: a policy brief

In this policy brief, Kristie Drucza and Mulunesh Tsegaye (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center – CIMMYT) describe how investment and robust studies are needed to strengthen the body of evidence and facilitate gender, mainstreaming in agricultural development; restrictive gender norms remain one of the most significant obstacles for women’s agricultural innovation. Read the brief for more findings!

Women’s access to agricultural technologies in rice production and processing hubs: A comparative analysis of Ethiopia, Madagascar and Tanzania

In this article, researchers from the Africa Rice Center and partners explore women’s access to rice technologies and constraints to adoption of technologies and identifies key institutional and cultural impediments related to the mode of delivery of extension services. The authors also reveal that the empowerment of women in decision making at the household level can enhance women’s access and engagement in better farming…

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