CGIAR Gender

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research



Making small-scale irrigation work for women

As climate change makes rainfed agriculture an increasingly precarious venture, small-scale irrigation technology is key to ensuring smallholder farmers can adapt and manage risk. However, despite the gradual uptake of small-scale irrigation technologies, women farmers are at risk of being left behind.

Time-use analytics: An improved way of understanding gendered agriculture-nutrition pathways

There is a resurgence of interest in time-use research driven, inter alia, by the desire to understand if development interventions, especially when targeted to women, lead to time constraints by increasing work burdens. But are time-use data useful to explore agriculture-nutrition pathways? This study develops a conceptual framework of the micro-level linkages between agriculture, gendered time use, and nutrition and…

Weather, climate and gender: promoting gender equality in rural climate services

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security developed a gender checklist to “aid project leaders in their consideration of gender issues in climate services projects”. The checklist covers issues such as unequal access to communication channels and decision-making spaces as well as labor divisions that may preclude women from making use of new tools or strategies.…

Special issue on recovering bioenergy in Sub-Saharan Africa: gender dimensions, lessons and challenges

In this special issue, the International Water Management Institute explores the link between gender and energy in view of food preparation and the acquisition of fuel, especially in rural areas. They conclude that resource recovery and reuse for energy offers an alternative to conventional centralized grid projects which, while attractive to investors and large-scale enterprises, do not necessarily provide opportunities…

GENNOVATE report: Understanding gendered innovation processes in forest landscapes: Case studies from Indonesia and Kyrgyz Republic

  Elias, M., Elmirst, R., Ibraeva, G., Sijapati Basnett, B., Ablezova, M., Siscawati, M. (2018). Understanding gendered innovation processes in forest landscapes: Case studies from Indonesia and Kyrgyz Republic. GENNOVATE Report to the CGIAR Research Programs on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Bioversity International, Rome. Retrieved from

Women’s aspirations for the future, and their financial, social and educational investments

This discussion paper examines the correlates of aspirations of rural women around income, asset ownership, social status and the education of their children, using primary data from India. It then investigates how the gaps between current and aspired-to status are associated with individual investments in financial, social status-related, and educational dimensions.

Qualitative research on women’s empowerment and participation in agricultural value chains in Bangladesh

This qualitative study on women’s empowerment in Bangladesh complements a 1,200-household quantitative survey, looking in greater depth at the individual, household and community level experiences of men and women. The study aims to better understand the consequences of value chain participation of male and female producers, entrepreneurs and wage-workers on their empowerment.

Publication: intra-household dynamics and dietary diversity: Insights from Sustainable Nutrition for All in Uganda and Zambia

How do relations between men and women influence production and consumption dynamics and how does this interplay affect the nutritional status between household members? These are the questions that SNV (together with Wageningen University and KIT Royal Tropical Institute) addresses in its recently published paper. The paper aims to assist policymakers, practitioners and researchers in understanding the approaches and tools used and…

Tracking empowerment along the value chain: Testing a modified WEAI in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence in Bangladesh

In this study, researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) found that in Bangladesh, empowerment varies based on livelihood activity and gender. Women’s empowerment differs based on the primary economic activity, with greater empowerment among women in producer households than entrepreneur or wage-work households. Click to learn more!