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Gender Research in the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas


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Gender Research in the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas

  1. 1. CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food secure future Gender Research in Roots, Tubers and Bananas Vision Both men and women benefit from science and technology interventions developed by the research team and its partners through having equitable access to knowledge, capacity building, and market opportunities. Strategy Integration of gender into processes and tools to enhance gender responsive research outcomes, combined with: • Analysis of the gendered nature of RTB production, postproduction and consumption leading to gender transformation • Systematic measurement of progress towards gender impact as integral part of the Program-level M&E Elements of Theory of Change: Research Products Research Outcomes Engendered framework that guides development of innovative RTB seed systems Equitable access by women and men to high quality planting material with gender-appropriate delivery systems Tools and methods for more inclusive value chain development (with PIM) Ensure that both men and women participate as RTB partners Intermediate Development Outcomes SLOs Women and men farmers increase yields of RTB crops Increased food security Innovation platforms with gender equity Inclusive RTB market chains improve gender equity in the distribution of benefits New policies favor gender-transformative outcomes Challenges:  Lack of clarity about budgets allocated to gender Solutions:  Closer cooperation between gender focal points, center focal points to allow for greater transparency  Implementation of gender research projects with dedicated budgets  Thinly-spread gender team and limited gender skills among researchers Solutions:  New staff for gender work in RTB in 2013  Gender capacity-strengthening workshops underway in three continents: Reduced poverty Example of current action: Reviewing seed systems with a gender lens  Gender analysis of each stakeholder  Analysis of potential impact of changes in seed systems on gender relations Developing gender lens for seed systems research with Mama SASHA in Kenya As part of a unique health and agriculture integrated intervention, the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) implemented a voucherbased seed distribution system for orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) cultivation by pregnant and lactating women. A newly multistakeholder framework for improving seed systems will be adapted using a gender lens to improve efficiency and equity. This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution –Non commercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License October 2013 Research is beginning to understand how growing OFSP enhances women’s contribution to household food and nutrition security, income generation, while influencing gender roles and relationships within and outside households. Improved nutrition and health Increased investment in integrated and strategic gender research Promoting gender transformative strategy with OFSP in Bangladesh Horticulture Project RTB researchers and Colombian farmers participated in the Cali workshop (8-10 October 2013) Partnerships  Partnerships essential for reaching intermediate development outcomes, across RTB and especially with external development actors.  Mapping of networks of linkages between RTB researchers and different kinds of organizations, disciplines and regions.  The sub-network below shows the extent of linkages maintained among women researchers with different disciplines and types of organizations (nodes colour-coded by discipline, eg BROWN=plant breeding, BLUE=agronomy). See ILAC Report: Key contact: Ms. Netsayi Noris Mudege  RTB Gender Research Coordinator 