CGIAR Gender

Virtual launch – Rise up together: Women’s role in transforming Africa’s food systems

CGIAR GENDER Platform Launch at the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2020 Virtual Summit

Monday, September 7, 2020, 17:00-18:00 CAT

Register here to participate. 

Moving forward on agriculture in Africa and achieving sustainable, productive food systems hinges on establishing gender equality.

 This requires changing the norms and policies that favor men today to include women’s preferences, realities, and ambitions. First, because women have a right to the same opportunities and the same benefits from agriculture, natural resources, and food production as men. Second, because only when women are able to participate, on equal footing with men, in the urgently needed transformation of food systems will we be able to sustainably defeat hunger and produce enough, and good enough, food under the ongoing climate emergency.

Join the newly established CGIAR GENDER Platform for this launch event, which will seek feedback on select research priorities and aim to establish diverse partnerships so that we, together, can advance a portfolio of promising, practical, useful solutions for gender equality in agriculture.

Objectives of the event:

  • Introduce the CGIAR GENDER Platform and get feedback on its research priorities
  • Highlight the importance of gender equality to transform African food systems and feed cities across the continent
  • Build linkages and partnerships to make progress on GENDER’s agenda


Nicoline de Haan, CGIAR GENDER Platform Director



Stephen Potter, Director of Agriculture and Food Systems and CGIAR Council Member, Global Affairs Canada



Markus Ihalainen, Senior Research Officer and Gender and Social Inclusion Co-Coordinator, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)



Eileen Nchanji, Gender Specialist, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)



Panelists/ Respondents:

Kagwiria Koome, Manager, Food Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation



Mariame Maiga, Gender and Social Development Advisor of CORAF (Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricoles) 



Schenggen Fan , CGIAR Board Member and Chair; Professor, China Agricultural University)




Vivian Atakos, Regional Communication Specialist for Africa, the International Potato Center (CIP


Are you interested to participate in this event on the 7th September, 2020; 17:00 – 18: 00 CAT?  Please register on AGRF.ORG.