Book / Monograph

Advancing gender equality through agricultural and environmental research: Past, present, and future


Over the past decade, interest in gender equality and women’s empowerment has grown rapidly, creating a unique opportunity to institutionalize gender research within agricultural research for development. This book, edited by researchers from the CGIAR Gender Platform, reviews and reflects on the growing body of evidence from gender research. It marks a shift away from a traditional focus on how gender analysis can contribute to improved productivity, flipping the question to ask, How does agricultural and environmental research and development contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment? Chapters synthesize the wide range of CGIAR and other research in this area, covering breeding research and seed systems, value chain participation, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, natural resources, climate adaptation and mitigation, the “feminization” of agriculture, women’s role in agricultural research, and emerging gender transformative approaches.


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 CGIAR research through an equality and empowerment lens [download] Rhiannon Pyburn and Anouka van Eerdewijk | p. 1-76
  • Chapter 2 Examining choice to advance gender equality in breeding research [download] Vivian Polar, Rohini Ram Mohan, Cynthia McDougall, Béla Teeken, Annet Abenakyo Mulema, Pricilla Marimo, and Jummai Othniel Yila | p. 77-112
  • Chapter 3 Moving beyond reaching women in seed systems development [download] Ranjitha Puskur, Netsayi Noris Mudege, Esther Njuguna-Mungai, Eileen Nchanji, Ronnie Vernooy, Alessandra Galiè, and Dina Najjar | p. 113-146
  • Chapter 4 Promise and contradiction: Value chain participation and women’s empowerment [download] Markus Ihalainen, Sumer Shaikh, Gaudiose Mujawamariya, Sarah Mayanja, Sounkoura Adetonah, Katie Tavenner, and Marlène Elias | p. 147-188
  • Chapter 5 Nutrition-sensitive agriculture for gender equality [download] Hazel Malapit, Jessica Heckert, Jessica Scott, Ravula Padmaja, and Agnes Quisumbing | p. 189-220
  • Chapter 6 A gender–natural resources tango: Water, land, and forest research [download] Deepa Joshi, Iliana Monterroso, Bryce Gallant, Kokila Perera, and Valentina Peveri | p. 221-260
  • Chapter 7 From vulnerability to agency in climate adaptation and mitigation [download] Sophia Huyer, Tatiana Gumucio, Katie Tavenner, Mariola Acosta, Nitya Chanana, Arun Khatri-Chhetri, Catherine Mungai, Mathieu Ouedraogo, Gloria Otieno, Maren Radeny, John Recha, and Elisabeth Simelton | p. 261-298
  • Chapter 8 From the “feminization of agriculture” to gender equality [download] Cheryl Doss, Ayesha Qaisrani, Katrina Kosec, Vanya Slavchevska, Alessandra Galiè, and Nozomi Kawarazuka | p. 299-328
  • Chapter 9 Assessing women’s empowerment in agricultural research [download] Marlène Elias, Steven Michael Cole, Agnes Quisumbing, Ana Maria Paez Valencia, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, and Jennifer Twyman | p. 329-364
  • Chapter 10 Toward structural change: Gender transformative approaches [download] Cynthia McDougall, Lone Badstue, Annet Mulema, Gundula Fischer, Dina Najjar, Rhiannon Pyburn, Marlène Elias, Deepa Joshi, and Andrea Vos | p. 365-402