CGIAR Gender



CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research assesses cross-program research priorities. Research themes for cross-program collaboration included:

Feminization of Agriculture

The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is working with nine CGIAR research teams to better understand how gender roles and responsibilities in agriculture are changing. In September 2018, the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research put out a call for proposals on the ‘Feminization’ of Agriculture: Building evidence to debunk myths on current challenges and opportunities. Read more

Gender, Breeding and Genomics

The gender and breeding working group’s activities provide an opportunity for collaborative work across CGIAR and its partner breeding programs. Recognizing that it can be taxing for individual breeding projects to understand farmer preferences differentiated by gender, region and culture, this initiative brings together knowledge across CGIAR Research Programs on practical approaches to help breeding programs take gender differences into account. Read more

Gender, Agriculture and Climate Change

The Gender, Agriculture and Climate Change (formerly GenderCSA) group is managed by the Gender and Social Inclusion flagship of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and is comprised of CGIAR researchers interested in gender and climate change issues. It is a forum for members to share ideas and knowledge on gender responsive agricultural technologies that are climate resilient, profitable, sustainable, and contributing to reducing poverty and improving the quality of life and livelihoods of women and other vulnerable groups. The aims of the Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture group will be evolving, and under regular review, we believe that within the group that it will become robust, open, and draw attention of global interest in gender and climate change issues. Read more

Gender and (big) Data

Gender data is a critical component for the effective and successful design and evaluation of programs, policies, and technologies. CGIAR researchers are increasingly expected to collect sex-disaggregated data and conduct gender analyses. In 2014, a guide for CGIAR researchers on the standards for collecting sex-disaggregated data for gender analysis was developed by CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), with contributions from CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network and the IFPRI Gender Task Force, and with endorsement from the System Organization Office.

The Gender and Agriculture Data Navigator is a searchable inventory of household survey questionnaires that  focus on agriculture and food security and collect information that can be disaggregated by sex. It provides a convenient data discovery tool to researchers interested in identifying sex-disaggregated data from low- and middle-income countries on a particular topic of interest, from time use to technology adoption. Read more

The Platform also hosts a CGIAR-wide blog on gender and data: Engendering Data and MethodsThis blog builds on the EnGendering Data blog from the Phase 1 CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets.

And the latest opportunity around gender and data revolves around Big Data. CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research and the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture are joining hands to make use of these opportunities. With increased generation of sex-disaggregated data, there is a great opportunity to analyze and understand gender constraints in a deeper way than was possible a few years ago. Big data (characterized by volume, velocity, variety and veracity) is unearthing exciting opportunities for gender research. This thematic group is working on unpacking these opportunities, and constraints at the junction between gender and big data. (Theme in development). Read more


GENNOVATE is a system-wide, global comparative research initiative, which addresses the question of how gender norms and agency influence men, women and youth to adopt innovation in agriculture and natural resource management. Read more

Gender Dynamics in Seed Systems

The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research is working with five CGIAR research teams to better understand different aspects of gender dynamics in seed systems. In July 2017, the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research put out a call for proposals on gender relations vis a vis technological and institutional innovation, with a specific focus on gender dynamics in seed systems. Read more

Water and Gender (WAGI)

The Water and Gender (WAGI) Community of Practice gathers a group of interdisciplinary researchers interested in how gender relationship shape access to water and the ability to benefit from it, and how, in turn, improved water access can contribute to women’s empowerment and gender equality. Read more


As part of the technical support provided through the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network a stream of technical content through the website, webinars and face-to-face knowledge sharing was provided to address the Fund Council expectation that gender be integrated into research planning. This involved expanding traditional gender analysis to entertain a  more diverse set of approaches and tools than is commonly used, such as foresight studies, scenario building, ex ante analysis, experimental games, techniques for identifying and characterizing target beneficiary groups etc. that that can be used to inform research priority setting. This is a closed group. Currently not active.