Understanding gender, strengthening research

Under the CGIAR Global Study on Gender Norms, Agency and Innovation in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (Gennovate) project, WHEAT collected data for seven case studies in Morocco and Uzbekistan.

“There are huge differences between these countries and the roles women hold in agriculture,” said Dina Najjar, ICARDA gender specialist who led case studies in Morocco and Uzbekistan. “But one consistent trait for success that I have observed is that both men and women need to be involved in the process, and scientists should be targeting both genders when considering traits for varieties.”

Glasgow Caledonian University received a WHEAT competitive grant for a comprehensive diagnosis of gender relations to produce guidelines for gender-responsive research-for-development on wheat in South Asia, in partnership with national and local organizations. This will contribute to Gennovate, which aims to learn from women and men in 130 villages across 25 countries. WHEAT also obtained funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to strengthen research-for-development outcomes through a better understanding of gender in wheat-based cropping systems in Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Pakistan.

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