Bizunesh Ayele and her husband Hibebo Ayele outside a new house built for Hibebo's brother, Doyogena District, Ethiopia. Photo: Georgina Smith/ILRI.

The CGIAR GENDER Platform supports leaders and decision-makers to develop new research and development perspectives, evidence and collective action for eliminating gender inequalities in food systems.

We partner with national agricultural research and extension systems, university partners, non-governmental organizations, multilateral and private sector institutions as well as governments with whom CGIAR collaborates.

A few key partnerships are highlighted below.


African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is working toward inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for Africa by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation. Contributing toward this vision, AWARD is investing in African scientists and institutions so that they can deliver agricultural innovations that better respond to the needs and priorities of a diversity of women and men across Africa’s agricultural value chains. The CGIAR GENDER Platform and AWARD are co-developing a mentorship program and career pathway model for gender researchers in agriculture.


Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) is a collaborative partnership between Makerere University in Uganda and Cornell University in the United States, aimed at advancing gender-responsive research as the norm within national and international agricultural research institutions. GREAT brings biophysical and social scientists together with applied training in gender theory, bridging disciplinary divides and creating a community of researchers better equipped to develop research for development programs that meaningfully incorporate gender throughout every step of the agricultural research cycle. GREAT is anchored by a burgeoning Center of Excellence in gender and agricultural research at Makerere University. The CGIAR GENDER Platform is collaborating with GREAT to build capacity of CGIAR researchers and partners for integrating gender in agricultural research.