Gender research in Dryland Cereals

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Gender research in Dryland Cereals

  1. 1. CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food secure future Gender Research in Dryland Cereals Implementation Impact pathway XX The Dryland Cereals Gender Strategy was prepared, and is being reviewed for Research Outputs Increased food security and improved welfare Improved nutrition for young children and mothers Reduced poverty and gender empowerment submission to Consortium Office in early December XX Three consultants have started pilot studies for gender-disaggregated baseline data across two crops and three regions in Asia and Africa. One more will start shortly on a third crop in Africa XX Full-time gender research scientists are in the process of being hired • Gender-disaggregated data on dryland cereal value chains • Improved varieties to create market opportunities for women • Increase “whole-plant value” for women and children • Gender-sensitive crop management interventions • Better access to input and information for women • Reduction in drudgery, and benefit from new business opportunities Strategic Gender Research to inform R4D priorities Gender-Sensitive R4D within Flagship Projects Cluster of Activities under Gender Research fall into three categories: 1.   ender-disaggregated data collection and utilization in Flagship Projects to fully G understand the differing roles, constraints, needs and preferences of men and women to guide R4D priorities. Vision 2.   echnology development with two major aims: (i) to unleash higher T income-earning opportunities for women, and (ii) to reduce drudgery of tasks such as harvesting, hand-milling, cooking and other post-harvest operations. Gender-balanced benefits in income, nutrition and food security through improvements in the production and marketing of dryland cereals. 3.   apacity building to proactively seek and include women CRP implementation in C equitable numbers. Implementation challenges 1.   ot sufficient expertise in gender research available. N 2.   hallenges in disaggregating gender-relevant baseline data in small-holder C agriculture. Future Steps XX Gender balance achieved within pilot groups in the target population XX Increased scale by extension of pilot to the target population reachable within the Partnerships and Capacities XX Increased scope by extension of initial impact on the pilot population with next- 1.   ational agro-industries and private firms involved in dryland N cereals processing and marketing, farmer organizations and development partners will be tapped to create communication tools and messages. 2.   ender experts and practitioners in NARES, FAO and other UN G Agencies, and rural development NGOs will help design and implement gender-sensitive data-collection tools and processes and ensure the validity of results obtained. time-frame of operation (9 years) level interventions in the value chain Key contacts Current Highlights Shoba Sivasankar, Director (s.sivasankar@cgiar.org) XX The Participatory Plant Breeding program in Syria (ICARDA) continues to give women access to seed varieties and information relevant to their needs. XX Women’s groups in Nigeria were supported by linking them with sorghum and millet producer groups, which resulted in generating increased income for a group of 25 women processors. Processing increased from 50–100 kg of millet per day to 150–250 kg millet per day. Sales income doubled to US$4,000–6,000 a month from US$1,800–2,600. LED BY Science with a human face IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Chanda Goodrich Principal Scientist-Empower Women (c.goodrich@cgiar.org) Satish Nagaraji, Communication Manager (n.satish@cgiar.org) and public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers worldwide This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non commercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License October 2013

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