Evidence module

CIP Extension Officer, Frida Nyondo, dsitributes orange-fleshed sweet potato vines to beneficiaries from Nsanje in the South of Malawi. Photo: Hugh Rutherford/CIP.

The Evidence module is designed to focus on co-creating, consolidating and sharing robust evidence, identifying emergent issues and closing data gaps in the area of gender in agricultural and food systems. Building a good and innovative evidence base to support transformation of food systems is the hallmark of the Evidence module. 

The focus of the module is to use evidence to develop solutions and pathways to reduce gender inequalities within the dynamics of a changing food system. The module aims to improve the quantity and quality of evidence on topics of global interest to promote the development of scalable intentional technologies and strategies to achieve gender-equitable development outcomes. It aims to position the CGIAR GENDER Platform as the go-to-place for high-quality evidence and knowledge on equitable and sustainable food systems.

Making sense of gender evidence 

The module will identify relevant evidence and then collate, synthesize and make sense of it. It will also generate new evidence through robust strategic research to fill key evidence gaps prioritized in consultation with key stakeholders. Ultimately, it will communicate this evidence to different audiences including researchers, development practitioners, policy makers, donors and investors to facilitate design of pathways for equitable food systems transformation globally.

The module has embarked on a process of mapping evidence gaps and will be commissioning strategic research to address priority research gaps. As a result, four research grants on COVID-19 and gender, addressing key knowledge gaps, have been kicked off. 

Using evidence in partnerships for change

The module will work with researchers from across CGIAR, research agencies, academia, development partners, private sector and think tanks that work on areas of mutual interest to achieve the intended outcomes. The module will work closely with the Methods module—to draw on cutting-edge methods and tool to generate evidence—and with the Alliances module—to engage in strategic communication and partnerships to influence the policy and investment priorities.



Photo of Ranjitha Puskur. Credit Nathan Ronoh.

Ranjitha Puskur

Evidence Module Leader; Gender research coordinator International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)