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Gender in Roots, Tubers and Bananas

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This poster was presented by Vivian Polar (RTB / CIP) for the pre-Annual Scientific Conference meeting organized for the CGIAR research program gender research coordinators on 4 December.
The annual scientific conference of the CGIAR collaborative platform for gender research took place on 5-6 December 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where the Platform is hosted (by KIT Royal Tropical Institute).

Read more: http://gender.cgiar.org/gender_events/annual-scientific-conference-capacity-development-workshop-cgiar-collaborative-platform-gender-research/

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Gender in Roots, Tubers and Bananas

  1. 1. CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas Gender Strategy for Phase II Vivian Polar, RTB • Holly Holmes, RTB Collaborative Platform on Gender Research Meeting, Amsterdam, 4 December 2017 www.rtb.cgiar.org Why a gender strategy for RTB? Roots, tubers and bananas crops are some of the most important staple crops in the worlds’ poorest regions. Often rich in key nutrients such as pro-vitamin A, RTB crops have high potential to improve food security, nutrition, income and climate change resilience of smallholders, particularly women and youth. Yet the benefits derived from these crops are often not equitably distributed between women and men. The objective of the strategy is to integrate gender into all aspects of research, development and uptake of new RTB technologies and practices. How did we develop the gender strategy? The gender component of RTB during the program’s first phase focused on gender analysis and gender integration. This process gave way to a set of lessons learnt that were later addressed through specific design elements and activities in the gender strategy. Figure 1 shows some of the lessons learnt in Phase I and specific actions undertaken in Phase II. Lessons Learnt from RTB Phase I Design elements for RTB Phase II Examples of implementation Need for more collaboration and integration between social and biophysical scientists Other institutions outside the CG have high specialization in gender mainstreaming Gender research and analysis needs to be embeded in technology design to enhance benefits and uptake by women Including gender elements in existing research methods and tools is more practical than developing separate methods Need to implement capacity development on gender but difficulties to implement directly Facilitate mechanism to promote collaboration between different types of scientists and promote partnerships with experienced gender institutions. Promote capacity development collaboration to draw knowledge on gender research and strengthen capacity development. Develop gender responsive operational frameworks, and communication strategies to promote technology uptake by women and men. Explore and analyze the difference in women and men’s capacities to Access adopt and Benefit from innovations in agriculture Develop partnerships with other institutions and organizations with expertise in gender The Gender and Breeding Innitiative promotes collaboration and development of partnerships Capacity building events with GREAT draw on expertise knowledge and promote collaboration Sweet potato seed systems in Malawi, Bangladesh Communication strategy on BBTD, BXW Strategic gender research through GENNOVATE Figure 1. Lessons learnt in Phase I and their influence on the design of RTB Phase II How is the gender strategy structured? The strategy has two complementary components: a) integrated gender research which is embedded in the operation of flagship projects 1, 2 and 3, with dedicated funding on technology clusters; and b) strategic gender research across flagship projects with a dedicated and crosscutting gender learning and support cluster. Strategic research will deepen the analysis of the relationship between gender and agri-food system innovations and thus help to streamline gender elements across the RTB research cycle. (See elements from the impact pathway in Figure 2) GENDER PRODUCTS in RTB FS Projects IntegratedGenderResearchStrategicGenderResearch Gender responsive assessment of users needs and trait preferences Improoved RTB candidate varieties with traits of importance to men and women Approaches and tools to designing gender responsive ICM and IPDM Guidelines for gender responsive agricultural innovation Capacity development strategies and materials Gender responsive information and communication strategies RESEARCH OUTCOMES Varieties with traits of importance to men and women developed Gender responsive ICM and IPDM practices developed and disseminated Improved awareness, skills and cpacity for gender responsive agricultural innovation More innovative and equitable knowledge on inclusive agricultural innovation DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES Women increase the adoption of varieties with their preferred traits Increase areas under more resilient and sustainable RTB cropping systems Impoved equity in the distribution of benefits from RTB crops Methods and tools for gender responsive value chain development Gender responsive tools and methods for value chain research developed Women obtain more acces to information, knowledge and technologies Women influrence resource management and decisión making processes Sub - IDOs Gender equitable control over productive resources Improved womens’ capacity to participate in decisión making Figure 2. Elements from RTB’s Impact Pathway Researchers conduct field work as part of a GREAT course for roots, tubers and bananas. Photo: GREAT Focus Group Discussion participants as part of GENNOVATE research. Photo: A.Rietveld/Bioversity

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