CGIAR Gender News

How research stations can be more gender inclusive

Research station

Photo: K-State Research and Extension

Both science and agriculture are often male-dominated. But this is starting to change as women take on stronger roles in science and farm management – and organizations commit to real progress.

In breeding operations, women have been marginalized all too often. But CGIAR and its national partners are starting to change this. CGIAR Excellence in Breeding aims to be a catalyst for change by working with its partners to make farming operations more gender inclusive.  

EiB’s Breeding Operation Network for Development (BOND), working with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Gender Scientist Martina Cavicchioli, has developed an assessment checklist tool to help human resources, managers and staffers working in breeding research institutions assess and make progress on gender inclusion within their organization. The tool was developed through feedback from national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) and CGIAR partners during sessions at EiB’s West Africa and East & Southern Africa breeding operations workshops.