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Almost here: Cultivating Equality 2021 plenary sessions announced

	 World Bank Photo Collection A farmer and organizer of a produce alliance Photo: World Bank.

Cultivating Equality 2021, a virtual conference taking place on October 12 to 15, will bring together researchers and students from across the globe to advance gender research in agriculture and food systems.

Four plenary sessions, taking place each day of the conference, starting at 14:00 CEST, will set the scene for discussions to advance the gender research agenda. View the full conference program and registration is free.

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Tuesday, October 12, 14:00-15:30 CEST

Conference opening plenary

Opening remarks:

  • Arthur Mol, Rector Magnificus/Vice-president Executive Board at WUR
  • Claudia Sadoff, CGIAR Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact
  • Nicoline de Haan, Director, CGIAR GENDER Platform
  • Marlène Elias, CGIAR GENDER Platform Alliances Module Leader, and Margreet van der Burg, Senior University Lecturer/Researcher at WUR and WUR-Daily Project leader Gender-SMART



  • Bina Agarwal, Professor of Development Economics and Environment, GDI, The University of Manchester: Cultivating equality by cultivating in groups

More about our speakers:

Bina Agarwal, Univerity of Manchester

Bina Agarwal

Professor of Development Economics and Environment GDI, the University of Manchester, UK
Arthur P.J. Mol

Arthur P.J. Mol

Rector Magnificus and Vice-President Wageningen University & Research
Marlene Elias of The Alliance

Marlène Elias

Alliances Module Leader; Gender Lead and Gender research coordinator Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture

Wednesday, October 13, 14:00-15:30

The Politics of Knowledge and Plural Visions for Equitable Agriculture and Food Systems


  • Esha Shah, Lecturer, Wageningen University


Keynote speakers:

  • Andrea Cornwall, Professor of Global Development and Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London: Decolonizing Gender and Development
  • Amon Ashaba Mwiine, Lecturer in the School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University: Plural feminisms, pathways & practices towards equitable food systems: visions for the future
  • Tania Eulalia Martinez-Cruz, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Greenwich: Whose food sovereignty? Encounters and discounters in transnational space: Reflections and lessons from Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

More about our speakers:

Andrea Cornwall, SOAS

Andrea Cornwall

Professor of Global Development and Anthropology SOAS, University of London

Thursday, October 14, 14:00-15:30 CEST

Rural women's voices: Messages to researchers


  • Agnes Atim Apea, Hope Development Initiative, Uganda; Chairperson of Local Government Finance Commission, Parliament of Uganda



  • Wairimu Kanyiri, GROOTS, Kenya
  • Willemien Koning-Hoeve, Chair of the Women Farmers in the Netherlands
  • Eileen Mairena, Researcher & Advocacy Officer, Centre for the Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples (CADPI), Nicaragua
  • Bhavanaben Parmar and Mansi Shah, Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), India

More about our speakers:

Mansi Shah

Mansi Shah

Program Manager for the Future of Work Activities Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)
Agnes Atim Apea

Agnes Atim Apea

Member of Parliament and the Deputy Chairperson for The committee of Agriculture in the parliament of Uganda

Friday, October 15, 14:00-16:00 CEST

Closing plenary: A forward-looking agenda for gender research in agriculture and food systems 


  • Seema Arora-Jonsson, Professor, Rural Development in Sweden and Europe, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)



  • Bettina Bock,  Professor, Groningen University and Wageningen University
  • Rolando Cerda, Researcher and Professor, CATIE
  • Nicoline de Haan, Director, CGIAR GENDER Platform
  • Philip Otieno, Executive Director, Advocates for Social Change Kenya (ADSOCK)
  • Jemimah Njuki, Africa Director, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and UNFSS Custodian for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
  • Vicki Wilde, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

More about our speakers:

Bettina Bock

Bettina Bock

Professor, Groningen University and Wageningen University
Vicki Wilde, Gates Foundation

Vicki Wilde

Senior Program Officer, Women’s Empowerment The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Seema Arora-Jonsson

Seema Arora-Jonsson

Professor and Chair of Rural Development Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Cultivating Equality is co-organized by the CGIAR GENDER Platform and Wageningen University & Research, as EU Gender-SMART partner.