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A sustainable future for everyone depends on both women and men being included in research activities. CGIAR developed Gender Strategies for the CGIAR Portfolio 2017-2022, and the CGIAR Research Programs are refining these to ensure a strategic framework for integrated gender research. As CGIAR moves forward, implementing effective gender responsive research methods and activities will include continued investment in research capacity, enhancing the quality of gender research, and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration.
- The CGIAR Research Program on Wheat improved women’s access to microcredit in wheat-based systems, reduced workloads through mechanization and improved access to inputs in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Sudan.
- The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture collected data on sex- disaggregated cassava trait preferences and is mainstreaming these into partner breeding programs.
- The Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia project targets women’s inclusion and provides systemic development, capacity-building and livelihood enhancement, with the overall vision of establishing women as recognized farmers, seed growers and agents of change.
- The CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network ended in 2016, but this valuable work continues in 2017 through the new CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research, which is hosted by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets and coordinated by KIT, Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands.