CGIAR Gender

Guiding documents

7(+1) Ways to improve research on the impact of women’s empowerment on child nutrition

Is there no link between women’s empowerment and child nutrition? The evidence between women’s empowerment and child nutrition has been limited and inconclusive. This blog puts forward eight recommendations for future research to ensure more useful findings in this burgeoning field, and better design programs that support both women’s empowerment for healthier mothers and children.

Integrating “gender” in research for development: How you interpret the term can shape project achievements

The authors summarize below analyses of how gender approaches were applied in three different CIMMYT projects in Africa and Asia. In particular, we examine the differing interpretations of “gender” by scientists, staff and participants and how each interpretation affected interventions, strategies and project outcomes. They also show what happened as the understanding of gender and related concepts evolved over each…

Gender-inclusive facilitation for community-based marine resource management

This brief from the CGIAR Research Program on Fish helps facilitators use, reflect on, and adapt gender-inclusive strategies in their work with communities. It aims to increase the frequency and quality of strategies used to reach women, men, youth and other social groups in the preparation, design, implementation and adaptation stages of community-based approaches and draws upon lessons and experience…

New resource on women’s economic empowerment

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s gender equality team recently launched of the Equal is Greater website. The site highlights the research and evidence compiled to inform the foundation’s strategy on gender equality, which is focused on ensuring women have control over their own economic futures, and includes a substantial focus on women’s financial inclusion, as well as women’s market…

The missing seed market: Promoting improved seeds for women farmers

The recently published guidebook on “Gender-Responsive Approaches for the Promotion of Improved Maize Seed in Africa”, developed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), is filling this gap. Designed for seed companies, extension workers and development organizations, it explains how best to package information about improved seed and farming technologies for men and women, with the goal of…

ACGG program level gender strategy

ACGG gender strategy: Program implementation plan now available

The African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) program has developed a program-level gender strategy implementation plan structured in line with the five action areas of ACGG’s gender strategy. It identifies key activities and also the roles and responsibilities of ACGG staff in each of the three program countries—Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Making sense of ‘inter-sectionality’: A manual for lovers of people and forests

Gender is often interpreted in simplistic and binary ways, which has prevented a deeper and more meaningful analysis of how power relations operate to situate women and men in different forested landscapes; why certain individuals and groups are, or remain, marginalized; and what role research can play in promoting gender and social justice. This manual aims to introduce ‘intersectionality’ to researchers…

UN Women’s new flagship report promotes ‘gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’

UN Women’s new flagship report provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report demonstrates the importance of gender equality for all 17 SDGs and argues for an integrated and rights-based approach to implementation. It monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and…

Proposed Actions to speed up Gender Research Mainstreaming in CGIAR

This paper is a revised version of the document “Proposed Actions to Speed Up Gender Research Mainstreaming in CGIAR” discussed at FC10 in November, 2013 and provisionally approved there. This section addresses the request in the Minutes of the Fund Council Meeting for the Consortium to provide “a plan which offers clarity on how gender equality will be captured in…

Standards for Collecting Sex-disaggregated Data for Gender Analysis: A Guide for CGIAR Researchers

In order to monitorprogress of CGIAR on its agreed outcome of “Increased control over resources and participation in decision-making by women and other marginalized groups” as well as other development outcomes such asimprovements in income, productivity, nutrition, and resilience, CGIAR researchers are increasingly asked to collect sex-disaggregated data and conduct gender analyses. This document spells out some simple and achievable…