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GENNOVATE: a global research initiative focusing on gender norms

Photo: Mokhamad Edliadi/CIFOR Photo: Mokhamad Edliadi/CIFOR.

GENNOVATE provides resources and tools that can aid researchers to integrate gender sensitivities into their agricultural research for development projects.

Why is this tool important?

Women’s and men’s expected roles and behaviors – or gender norms – affect their ability to access, adopt, adapt and benefit from innovations in agriculture and natural resources management.

GENNOVATE asked more than 7,500 women and men of different socioeconomic backgrounds and age groups to reflect on and compare local gender norms. Researchers worked in 137 rural communities in 26 countries.

This resulted in an authoritative, ‘bottom-up’, qualitative, comparative study, aiming to advance gender-transformative approaches and catalyze change in international agricultural and natural resources management research for development.

GENNOVATE is three things: a collaboration, a group of data-collection tools and a methodology.

Who is the tool for?

The findings –along with the methodology and tools—are designed to aid agricultural researchers integrate gender sensitivities into their agricultural research for development projects.

The resources and tools aim to inspire and help scientists, practitioners and policymakers to think about gender within their research or projects.

Geographic focus: Some of the resources have broad geographical relevance; others have a regional or country-level focus.

How can I use the tool?

You can use the resources from this initiative to incorporate gender perspectives into your research. Select tools also offer practical advice for applying GENNOVATE methodological instruments to different agricultural research for development contexts.

You can use it to find broad patterns that are well grounded in local contexts, and choose from its:

  • comparative case study method
  • qualitative data collection
  • standardization of instruments
  • purposive sampling techniques.

When and how was it developed?

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) begun GENNOVATE research in 2015.

The project has received funding from CGIAR Trust Fund Donors, including through the CGIAR Research Programs, the CGIAR Gender and Agricultural Research Network, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the governments of Germany and Mexico.

Where can I get the tool? Who can I contact?

You can see specific GENNOVATE tools, research reports and publications.

GENNOVATE’s website shows its research team, or you can contact them at info@gennovate.org.

GENNOVATE tools and resources

Report / Factsheet

Fostering collaboration in cross-CGIAR research projects and platforms: Lessons from the GENNOVATE initiative

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.; Behailu, L.A.; Kawarazuka, N.; Kandiwa, V.; Kantor, P.; Luis, J.; Lopez, D. E.; Njugun-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. 7 p.