CGIAR Gender

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee has five members; one senior gender specialist from a global integrative CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), two senior gender scientists from agri-food systems CGIAR Research Programs, one specialist from outside CGIAR, and the Senior Research Fellow from the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) Program Management Unit. In June 2017, a nomination and voting process was undertaken for the three internal seats on the Advisory Committee. This was open to scientists working on gender from across CGIAR and the selections were endorsed by CGIAR Science Leaders.

Two agri-food system CGIAR Research program gender scientists – Nicoline de Haan and Cynthia McDougall – and one global Integrated CGIAR Research Program gender scientist – Hazel Malapit – fill the internal seats. Eija Pehu is the external representative and was selected by the PIM management Committee and Frank Place was appointed to represent the Program Management Unit of PIM. Members of the Advisory Committee serve for a term of two years.

The Advisory Committee meets quarterly either virtually, or in person (once a year to coincide with the annual scientific conference). Its main functions are to:

  • Advise Coordinator of the Platform and PIM Director on strategic priorities and annual operational plan for the Platform
  • Respond to requests for guidance on issues brought before the Committee
  • Assist the Coordinator and the PIM Director in building partnerships and raising funds for the Platform
  • Review and comment on the annual report of the Coordinator and stakeholder evaluations of the Platform to PIM Management to highlight successes and flag things that could be done differently in the coming year

Cynthia McDougall

Gender Research Coordinator of the CGIAR Research Program on FISH

Gender Research Leader at WorldFish

Cynthia McDougall is the Gender Research Leader for WorldFish and the CGIAR Research Program on Fish (‘FISH’). She is an interdisciplinary social scientist with over 20 years of experience in food security, gender and social equity, and natural resource governance. In her current role, she leads gender mainstreaming, as well as gender strategic and transformative research,  in the FISH’s aquaculture, fisheries and nutrition research in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Her particular interest is in interdisciplinary mixed methods, and participatory and participatory action research approaches and how these can leverage transformative and sustainable shifts towards empowerment, equality, poverty reduction, food and nutrition security and sustainability. Dr. McDougall holds a BA Hons (Political Science and Development Studies) from Trent University in Canada, an MPhil (Geography) from Cambridge University in the UK, and a PhD (Knowledge, Technology and Innovation) from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Hazel Malapit

Gender Research Coordinator for the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Hazel Malapit is a Senior Research Coordinator at the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She coordinates research, training and technical assistance on the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), manages and coordinates the integration of gender into the research of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), and conducts research on gender, women’s empowerment, agriculture, health and nutrition issues. Before joining IFPRI, she held the Herman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender and Economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2009-2010, and conducted research on gender, labor market and data issues at the World Bank’s Gender and Development unit (PRMGE). She received her MA in Economics from the University of the Philippines, and her PhD in Economics from American University.

Nicoline de Haan

Gender Research Coordinator for the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock

Senior researcher and leader for the gender team at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Nicoline de Haan is a senior researcher and the leader of the gender team at ILRI. She has over 15 years of expertise in gender, rural livelihoods, agriculture, and natural resource management. In her present position she is responsible for leading the work on gender and livestock to ensure equitable development. Before ILRI, she lead the work on gender, poverty and institutions under the CGIAR program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) examining the implications of inequity in access and control over natural resources, and finding options to ensure inclusive benefit sharing. In her previous position at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) she led the global socio-economic team on animal health, where her main responsibility was reducing the impact of animal diseases on the livelihoods of smallholders. She has a master’s in development sociology from Wageningen Agricultural University, and a PhD in rural sociologist from University of Missouri, Colombia.

Frank Place

Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM)

Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Frank Place is the director of the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). Before being appointed PIM director (August 2018), Frank served for four years as a senior research fellow in the PIM Program Management Unit. His primary duties included coordination of impact assessment and leadership of the program’s cluster of work on technology adoption and impact. Before joining PIM in 2014, Dr. Place worked for the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) for 20 years, based in Nairobi. His main research areas were adoption of agroforestry, land and tree tenure, and soil fertility management. Prior to ICRAF, Frank led a Land Tenure Center project based in Africa and worked at the World Bank HQ in Washington, where he focused on property rights in agriculture. Frank Place received a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1988.


Eija Pehu, PhD

Dr. Eija Pehu joined the Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank in 2000 as the Science Advisor. She led the Department’s program on agricultural research, extension and innovation interacting with both external partners including the CGIAR and academia as well as national and regional research organizations involved in the field operations supported by the World Bank.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Pehu was a Professor of Agronomy and Head of the Department of Plant Production at the University of Helsinki and the founder and science director of two start-up companies in the Helsinki Science Park.  She earned her Ph.D. in Horticulture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her M.Sc. degree from the Department of Crop Production, University of Helsinki with her field work conducted in Tanzania and India.

Dr. Pehu has published extensively in cellular biology, physiology and biotechnology of crops, and also in tropical agriculture and international development.  Her major interests in development are institutional designs of organizing science and innovation, including public-private partnerships and uptake pathways for new technologies.  In all her development work she has an interest to understand and integrate gender.