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Gender research in Dryland systems


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Part of the collection of posters developed for CGIAR Knowledge Day, Nairobi, 5 November 2013

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Gender research in Dryland systems

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CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food secure future Gender & Youth Research in Dryland Systems Impact More resilient livelihoods (ID01) More stable & higher income (ID02) Guiding principles Outputs Women and youth have better access to and control over productive assets, inputs, information, market opportunities and capture a more equitable share of increased income, food and other benefits Outcomes Impact Pathway Better services for G&Y (ID06) + Increased prod/income (IDO2) + Policy reforms (ID07) Improved HH Food Security & Diversity, especially for women & children (ID03) Improved resilience (ID01) Income (ID02) Policy reforms (ID07) Changed attitudes (ID08) More sustainable & equitable NRM (ID04) & better functioning markets (ID05) Better knowledge of G&Y impacts of outputs in all ID0s and of outputs in ID08 Partners along the impact pathway Development agencies Policy makers Line departments Diagnostic tool box Sex- and age – disaggregated data in baseline surveys Awareness-raising & capacity building of CRP scientists & partners Ex-ante G&Y – sensitive interdisciplinary identification of issues, RQS & design with men, women, youth producers improves R4D effectiveness Methods for participatory action research with partners to identify/ close gaps Capacity building of partners Analyses available for policy Tools to identify aspirations, needs, priorities, attitudes to risk by gender & age Analyses for policy & R4D programs Closing G&Y gaps in access to agri. resources & services vital for adoption of agri. innovations, increased productivity & food security Addressing G&Y differences in needs & priorities for agri. innovations (sale, consumption; food security, safety, nutrition; labor- & risk-reduction) improves R4D relevance Tools to assess likely incentives ex ante and ex post impacts Analyses of good practice in incentivizing women & youth Gender & age differences in intra-HH control of agri. products/ income/ labor affect incentives & capacity to adopt Capacity building of women, youth & partners Methods to integrate women & youth and their indigenous knowledge in land & water management Indicators tested + available Analyses available for policy + future R4D Strengthening women’s & youth leadership roles in agri. & community orgs improves innovation adoption along value chains & for market Developing better M&E indicators to quantify G&Y impacts of innovations is critical to identify remedial actions & future R4D priorities Producer & marketing associations NGOs/CSOs Extension systems Agribusiness Farmers pastoralists NARS Advanced research centers CG centers Other CRPs Vision Dryland Systems aims to promote more gender-equitable & youth-inclusive development in dry areas that enhances their wellbeing and resilience. using • More relevant/better targeted ex ante research design by interdisciplinary analytical tools to characterize value chains and analyze gender norms and behaviors that determine preferences/capacities to adopt innovation; identify issues and entry points; and provide feedback from impact assessments. • Participatory action R4D involving rural women and youth. Implementation The Gender & Youth Strategy is due to be launched in November. In September 2013, the DS Steering Committee adopted a gender IDO (IDO 8) and the DS Gender Design Workshop decided to take the very innovative step of integrating gender & youth in the strategy. Being developed through a stakeholder participatory process, the emerging strategy is demand driven and ensures stakeholder ownership – an important precursor for success. In parallel, series of meetings in each of the DS’s five target regions enabled scientist teams to mainstream gender & youth issues into their research activities under the other seven IDOs. Implementation challenges Partnerships and Capacities • GFAR : To leverage the Gender in Agriculture Partnership’s (GAP) multi-stakeholder network ( and benefit from synergies in R4D efforts – dissemination of findings and engaging policy-makers in evidence based advocacy at the global, regional and national levels for gender-equitable development. • YPARD: To leverage the Young Professionals in Agricultural R4D network for youth awareness campaigns, internship and Young Dryland Scientists program and local on-ground events & activities. • Africa Harvest: To build on their experiences and partner on gender and youth inclusion strategies to drive greater uptake of innovations from farms to markets and reap equitable benefits for all – higher agricultural productivity and incomes. 1. Rapidly expand program team capacity to effectively implement gender & youth strategy across the five target regions 2. Mainstreaming use of tools and methods developed in gender & youth IDO across all DS research activities at the 24 action sites through rigorous awareness and adequate training activities Key contacts Malika Martini, Socio-Economist, ICARDA, Jennie Dey de Pryck, GFAR Senior Gender Advisor, Polly Eriksen, Scientist, ILRI & DS CRP Regional Coordinator (E&S Africa), Chanda G. Goodrich, Principal Scientist, Empower Women, ICRISAT, Rehima Mussema, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Yeshi Chiche, Assoc. for Strengthening Agricultural Research in E. Africa, For communications: Rajita Majumdar, Communications Specialist, ICARDA,