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Introduction to the CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative


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This presentation was given during a webinar on May 17, 2018. Graham Thiele (GBI/RTB), Jacqueline Ashby (Independent Consultant), Pricilla Marimo (Bioversity International) and Robooni Tumuhimbise (NARO) gave a total of three presentations. This is the first of these presentations, given by Graham Thiele.
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Introduction to the CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative

  1. 1. 1 7 M a y 2 0 1 8 Introduction to the CGIAR Gender and Breeding InitiativeG r a h a m T h i e l e , D i r e c t o r C G I A R R e s e a r c h P r o g r a m o n R o o t s , T u b e r s a n d B a n a n a s
  2. 2. CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative Background • For plant and animal breeders to meet end user needs: understand priorities women and men assign to genetically determined traits • Well targeted variety profiles: greater adoption of improved varieties and greater impact • Overlooking traits important to women: aggravate household food insecurity and poverty • Breeding programs: practical methods and tools to be more gender responsive
  3. 3. CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative Goals and coordination • Strategy for gender-responsive breeding with supporting methods, tools and practices • Plant and animal breeders and social scientists from CGIAR centers and Research Programs • Coordinated by the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, and the International Potato Center • Linking with Gender Platform and Excellence in Breeding G.Smith/CIAT
  4. 4. CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative Gender responsive breeding • Know when, where and why women are an important beneficiary group: • constraint differences - women and men - that breeding can influence • Anticipate how design decisions can be influenced by women’s labor, available resources and options • Design breeding objectives specifically to benefit women when a distinct market segment and consider their needs more generally • Be accountable, making sure success of the breeding program can be measured in ways that include success for women H.Rutherford/CIP
  5. 5. CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative Working documents: 1. Gender and social targeting: segmenting-targeting positioning 2. Setting breeding objectives and trait prioritization 3. Case studies gender & breeding programs Briefs: 1. Decision points for gender- responsive breeding 2. Uptake Pathways 3. Resource mobilization 4. Gender responsive product profile (forthcoming) Three webinars in 2017 Workshop: way ahead (Nov. 2018)
  6. 6. CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative Want to know more? G.Smith/CIAT H.Rutherford/CIP