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GENNOVATE

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).

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Welcome to GENNOVATE! We’re excited to announce the launch of our new website. In addition to a new look and feel, you’ll find access to the GENNOVATE project’s latest gender tools, reports, publications, and multimedia content.

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

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:

To read GENNOVATE news and access the latest resources, publications, and reports, see the tabs below or go to the new website.

And find hereby an overview of all the publications released by GENNOVATE so far:

Peer-reviewed GENNOVATE publications

  1. Aregu, L., Choudhury, A., Rajaratnam, S., Locke, C., and  McDougall, C. (2018). Gender Norms and Agricultural Innovation: Insights from Six Villages in Bangladesh. Journal of Sustainable Development, 11(4), 270-287. DOI: 5539/jsd.v11n4p270
  2. Badstue, L., Lopez, D. E., Umantseva, A., Williams, G., Elias, M., Farnworth, C. R., Rietveld, A., Njuguna-Mungai, E., Luis, J., Najjar, D. and Kandiwa, V. (2018). What drives capacity to innovate? Insights from women and men small-scale farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, 3(1), 54-58. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Badstue-et-al.-2018-What-drives-capacity-to-innovate.-Insights-from-women-and-men-small-scale-farmers-in-Africa-Asia-and-Latin-America.pdf
  3. Badstue, L., Petesch, P., Feldman, S., L., Prain, G., Elias M., and Kantor, P. (2018). Qualitative, comparative and collaborative research at large scale: an introduction to GENNOVATE. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, 3(1), 1-27. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Badstue-et-al.-2018.-Qualitative-comparative-and-collaborative-research-at-large-scale-An-introduction-to-GENNOVATE.pdf
  4. Bergman L.J., Tegbaru, A., Bullock, R., Degrande, A., Nkengla, L. W., and Gaya, H. I. (under review). Gendered mobilities and immobilities and women’s and men’s capacities for agricultural innovation. Gender, Place and Culture.
  5. Bullock, R. and Tegbaru, A. (under review). Gendered geographies of innovation processes: Exploring the potential of hybrid maize innovations to empower women in Western Kenya.
  6. Cohen, P.J. Lawless, S., Dyer, M., Morgan, M., Saeni, E., Teioli, H., Kantor., P. (2016). Understanding adaptive capacity and capacity to innovate in social–ecological systems: Applying a gender lens. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 45(3), 309-321. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-016-0831-4 Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Cohen-et-al.-2016.-Understanding-adaptive-capacity-and-capacity-to-innovate-in-social-ecological-systems-Applying-a-gender-lens..pdf
  7. Elias, M., Mudege, N., Lopez, D. E., Najjar, D., Kandiwa, V., Luis, J., Yila, J., Tegbaru, A., Ibrahim, G., Badstue, L., Njujuna-Mungai, E., and Bentaibi, A. (2018). Gendered aspirations and occupations among rural youth, in agriculture and beyond: A cross-regional perspective. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, 3(1), 82-107. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Elias-et-al.-2018.-Gendered-aspirations-and-occupations-among-rural-youth-in-agriculture-and-beyond.pdf
  8. Elmhirst, R., Siscawati, M., Basnett, B. S., & Ekowati, D. (2017). Gender and generation in engagements with oil palm in East Kalimantan, Indonesia: insights from feminist political ecology.The Journal of Peasant Studies, 44(6), 1135-1157. DOI: 1080/03066150.2017.1337002
  9. Farnworth, C. R., Jafry, T., Lama, K., Nepali, S. C., & Badstue, L. B. (2018). From Working in the Wheat Field to Managing Wheat: Women Innovators in Nepal.The European Journal of Development Research, 1-21. DOI: 10.1057/s41287-018-0153-4 Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Farnworth-et-al.-2018.-From-working-in-the-wheat-field-to-managing-wheat-Women-innovators-in-Nepal.pdf
  10. Farnworth, C. R., Lopez, D. E., Badstue, L., Haile-Mariam, M., and Abeyo, B. (under review). Gender and Agricultural Innovation in Wheat Systems: Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Gender, Technology & Development.
  11. Farnworth, C.R., Jafry, T., Rahman, S., Badstue, L. (under review). Leaving No One Behind: Women Farmers in Bangladesh. Canadian Journal of Development Research.
  12. Kawarazuka, N., and Prain, G. (under review) Gendered processes of agricultural innovation in the uplands of Vietnam
  13. Locke, C., Muljono, P., McDougall, C., & Morgan, M. (2017). Innovation and gendered negotiations: Insights from six small‐scale fishing communitiesFish and Fisheries, 18(5), 943-957. DOI: 1111/faf.12216 Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Locke-et-al.-2017.-Innovation-and-gendered-negotiations-Insights-from-six-small-scale-fishing-communities.pdf
  14. Najjar, D., Baruah, B., Aw-Hassan, A., Bentaibi, A., & Kassie, G. T. (2018). Women, work, and wage equity in agricultural labour in Saiss, Morocco.Development in Practice, 28(4), 525-540. DOI: 1080/09614524.2018.1449813
  15. Najjar, D., Dhehibi, B., Aw-Hassan, A., & Bentaibi, A. (2017, January). Climate Change, Gender, Decision-making Power, and Migration into the Saiss Region of Morocco. In Economic Research Forum Working Papers(No. 1102).
  16. Petesch, P., Badstue, L., Camfield, L., Feldman, S., Prain, G., and Kantor, P. (2018). Qualitative, comparative and collaborative research at large scale: the GENNOVATE field methodology. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, 3(1), 28-53. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Petesch-et-al.-2018-Qualitative-comparative-and-collaborative-research-at-large-scale-The-GENNOVATE-field-methodology.pdf
  17. Petesch, P., Bullock, R., Feldman, S., Badstue, L., Rietveld, A., Bauchspies, W., Kamanzi, A., Tegbaru, A., and Yila, J. (2018). Local normative climate shaping agency and agricultural livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, 3(1), 108-130. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Petesch-et-al.-2018.-Local-normative-climate-shaping-agency-and-agricultural-livelihoods-in-sub-Saharan-Africa.pdf
  18. Petesch, P., Feldman, S., Elias, M., Badstue, L., Najjar, D., Rietveld, A., Bullock, R., Kawarazuka, N., and Luis, J. (2018). Community typology framed by normative climate for agricultural innovation, empowerment, and poverty reduction. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, 3(1), 131-157. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Petesch-et-al.-2018-Community-typology-framed-by-normative-climate-for-agricultural-innovation-empowerment-and-poverty-reduction.pdf

 

GENNOVATE resources for researchers and practitioners

  1. Elias, M., Badstue, L., Farnworth, C.R., Prain, G., van der Burg, M., Petesch, P., Elmhirst, R., Bullock, R., Feldman, S., Jafry, T., Mudege, N., Umantseva, A., Tegbaru, A., Najjar, D., & Yila, J., with Behailu, L.A., Kawarazuka, N., Kandiwa, V., Kantor, P., Luis, J., Lopez, D. E., Njuguna-Mungai, E., & Rietveld, A. (2018). Fostering collaboration in cross-CGIAR research projects and platforms: Lessons from the GENNOVATE initiative. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/FOSTERING_COLLABORATION_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  2. Elias, M., Raneri, J., Petesch, P., & Kennedy, G. (2018). Using Vignettes to Explore Gender Dimensions of Household Food Security and Nutrition. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Using_vignettes_to_explore_gender_dimensions_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  3. Elias, M. and Rietveld, A. (2018, July 12) GENNOVATE, a qualitative comparative study on gender norms and agency in agricultural and environmental innovation – Study concepts and methodology [Webinar]. In On gender and agriculture: webinar series. The CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research. Retrieved from http://gender.cgiar.org/webinar-gennovate-2018/
  4. Farnworth, C. R., Bharati, P., Jafry, T., & Badstue, L. (2018). Strengthening women in wheat farming in India: Old challenges, new realities, new opportunities. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Strengthening_women_in_wheat_farming_in_India_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  5. Farnworth, C. R., Jafry, T., Lama, K., Chatterjee, S., & Badstue, L. (2017). Challenging gender myths: Promoting inclusive wheat and maize research for development in Nepal. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Challenging_gender_myths_Nepal_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  6. Farnworth, C. R., Jafry, T., Rahman, S., & Badstue, L. (2018). Leaving no one behind: Supporting women, poor people, and indigenous people in wheat-maize innovations in Bangladesh. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Leaving_no_one_behind_Bangladesh_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  7. Farnworth, C.R. and Badstue, L. (2017). Enhancing the gender-responsiveness of your project’s technical farmer training events. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Enhancing_the_gender_responsiveness_of_trainings_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  8. Farnworth, C.R., Badstue, L., Jat, M.L., Rai, M. & Agarwal, T. (2017). Integration of gender considerations in Climate-Smart Agriculture R4D in South Asia: Useful research questions. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CIMMYT, CDMX, Mexico. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Integrating_gender_in_climate_smart_agriculture_R4D_in_SA_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  9. Farnworth, C.R., Badstue, L. (2017). Embedding gender in conservation agriculture R4D in Sub-Saharan Africa: Relevant research questions. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Embedding_gender_in_CA_R4Din_SSA_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  10. Feldman, S. (2018). Feminist science and epistemologies: Key issues central to GENNOVATE’s research program. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/FEMINIST_SCIENCE_AND_EPISTEMOLOGIES_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  11. Kawarazuka, N., Prain, G., Forsythe, L., Mayanja, S., Mudege, N.N., Babini, C., Polar,V. (2018). Gender in Agricultural Mechanization: Key guiding questions. Lima, Peru: CIP. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Gender_in_Agricultural-Mechanization_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  12. Petesch, P., Badstue, L., Prain, G. (2018). Gender norms, agency, and innovation in agriculture and natural resource management: The GENNOVATE methodology. Mexico, D. F.: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/GENNOVATE-Methodology_Feb2018_FINAL.pdf
  13. Petesch, P. & Bullock, R. (2018). Ladder of Power and Freedom: Qualitative data collection tool to understand local local perceptions of agency and decision-making. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Ladder_of_Power_and_Freedom_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  14. Petesch, P. (2018). Ladder of life: Qualitative data collection tool to understand local perceptions of poverty dynamics. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT. Retrieved from https://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Ladder-of-Life-Gennovate-1.pdf
  15. Petesch, P., Badstue, L., Prain, G., Elias, M., Tegbaru, A. (2017). Entry points for enabling gender equality in agricultural and environmental innovation. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Entry_points_for_enabling_gender_equality_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  16. Rietveld, A. & Farnworth, C.R. (2018). Towards gender-responsive banana research for development in the East-African Highlands. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Towards_gender_responsive_banana_R4D_Gennovate_Tool.pdf
  17. Rietveld, A. & Farnworth, C.R. (2018). Continuity and Change – Negotiating Gender Norms in Agricultural Research for Development in Rwanda. GENNOVATE resources for scientists and research teams. CDMX, Mexico: CIMMYT.

 

GENNOVATE reports to CGIAR Research Programs

  1. Petesch, P., Badstue, L., Williams, G., Farnworth, C., & Umantseva, A. (2017). Gender and innovation processes in maize-based systems. GENNOVATE Report to the CGIAR Research Program on Maize. GENNOVATE Research Paper. Mexico, D. F.: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/CRP-MAIZE-Gennovate-Report.pdf
  2. Badstue, L., Petesch, P., Williams, G., & Umantseva, A., with Daniela Moctezuma. (2017). Gender and innovation processes in wheat-based systems. GENNOVATE Report to the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat. GENNOVATE Research Paper. Mexico, D. F.: CIMMYT. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/CRP-WHEAT-Gennovate-Report.pdf
  3. GENNOVATE RTB-HT team (2017). Gender in Agricultural Change: Towards more inclusive innovation in farming communities. GENNOVATE Report to the CGIAR Research Programs on Roots, Tubers and Bananas and Humidtropics. GENNOVATE Research Paper, RTB, Lima, Peru. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/CRP-RTB-HT-Gennovate-Report.pdf
  4. Aregu L., Farnworth, C.R, Choudhury, A., Rajaratnam, S., and McDougall, C. (2018). Gender and innovation processes in integrated fish agri-food systems in Bangladesh and the Philippines: Insights from the CGIAR Research Program FISH. GENNOVATE program report on the CGIAR Research Program FISH. Penang, Malaysia, WorldFish. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/CRP-FISH-Gennovate-Report.pdf
  5. Elias, M., Elmirst, R., Ibraeva, G., Sijapati Basnett, B., Ablezova, M., Siscawati, M. (2018). Understanding gendered innovation processes in forest landscapes: Case studies from Indonesia and Kyrgyz Republic. GENNOVATE Report to the CGIAR Research Programs on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Bioversity International, Rome. Retrieved from http://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/CRP-FTA-Gennovate-Report.pdf
  6. Luis, J.S., Villanueva, D., and Puskur, R. (2018). Gender and innovation processes in rice-based systems. GENNOVATE Report to the CGIAR Research Program on GRiSP.  IRRI, Philippines. Retrieved from https://gennovate.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/CRP-MAIZE-Gennovate-Report.pdf

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…

GENNOVATE news

GENNOVATE logo (small)

Discover GENNOVATE’s new look and feel!

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new website. In addition to a new look and feel, you’ll find access to the GENNOVATE project’s latest gender tools, reports, publications, and multimedia content. All content previously hosted here is available on the new website.

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.

CRP GENNOVATE reports