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CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research


GENNOVATE is a cross-CRP, 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 (NRM).

Photo credit: CIMMYT

Carried out across 137 rural communities in 26 countries, this qualitative comparative study aims to provide authoritative “bottom-up” research to advance gender-transformative approaches and catalyze change in international agricultural and NRM research for development.

In discussion groups and individual interviews, more than 7,500 rural study participants of different socio-economic backgrounds and age groups reflect on and compare local women’s and men’s expected roles and behaviors — or gender norms — and how these social rules affect their ability to access, adopt, adapt, and benefit from innovations in agricultural and natural resource management.

Participants of the study reflect on questions such as:

  • What are the most important new agricultural practices and technologies for the men of the village? And for the women?
  • What qualities make a woman a good farmer? And a man a good farmer?
  • Do young people in this village follow local customs of women doing certain agricultural activities and men others? Why or why not?
  • Are there differences between a woman who is innovative and a man who is innovative?

GENNOVATE’s qualitative comparative methodology and large sample mark a first in the CGIAR, as well as the collaboration of principal investigators (PIs) from 11 Phase I CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) worldwide (see Research management section).

The initiative’s broad-based and inclusive research process strives to give rural women and men a voice by:

  • Providing authoritative, contextually grounded evidence on how gender interacts with agricultural innovations
  • Strengthening CRP capacities to know the target beneficiaries, design for them, and be accountable to them

Find out more about GENNOVATE:

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Resources for gender & non-gender scientists

Strengthening women in wheat farming in India: Old challenges, new realities, new opportunities

This resource provides guidance for scientists, researchers, and rural advisory services in wheat-based systems on how to better target women in all communities and how to improve inclusion for everyone. It builds on 12 case studies conducted across India’s wheat belt under the CGIAR Research Program on WHEAT as part of GENNOVATE, a large-scale collaborative research initiative focusing on how gender…


AgriGender Journal

Special ‘GENNOVATE’ issue of the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security out!

The September 2018 (Volume 3, Issue 1) of the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security (Agri-Gender) is dedicated to the GENNOVATE initiative. Several years of research have gone into this special issue which features papers introducing GENNOVATE, its field methodology, capacity to innovate, gendered aspirations, normative climate shaping agency, and community typology.

Nepalese woman (photo credit: M. Elias)

Webinar: GENNOVATE, a qualitative comparative study on gender norms and agency in agricultural and environmental innovation – Study concepts and methodology

The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research hosted the webinar ‘GENNOVATE, a qualitative comparative study on gender norms and agency in agricultural and environmental innovation – Study concepts and methodology’ on Thursday July 12. The webinar was organized in collaboration with Bioversity International and GENNOVATE. A follow-up webinar will be organized over a few months. Watch our webinars page for more information! Webinar…

Gender and innovation processes in integrated fish agri-food systems in Bangladesh and the Philippines

In the report, the CGIAR Research Program FISH provides insights on how interactions between gender norms, agency and other contextual factors shape access to adoption of and benefits from agricultural innovations to help guide FISH’s investments. This work is part of GENNOVATE (Enabling Gender Equality in Agricultural and Environmental Innovation), a CGIAR cross-CRP initiative.

Negotiating change in gender norms affecting agricultural innovation

To mark International Women’s Day 2018, this post announces the official release of the GENNOVATE Methodology. The Methodology stimulates dialogue and allows women and men to critically reflect on the gender norms that shape their lives, how these may be changing, and their desirability.

CIMMYT promotes gender awareness in agriculture research and development in Ethiopia

Gender awareness and gender-sensitive approaches are slowly spreading into agricultural research, extension, and policy in Ethiopia. An initiative led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is helping to drive evidence-based approaches to foster gender equality and include it in mainstream agricultural research.

Agricultural mechanization: How far do women farmers benefit?

Agricultural machinery saves both time and labor for small-scale farmers and is increasingly available in rural areas. However, women’s needs and interests are often not fully considered when these machines are developed, introduced and adopted by communities.