The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish aims to increase the productivity of small-scale livestock and fish systems in sustainable ways, making meat, milk and fish more available and affordable to poor consumers across the developing world.
At the core of the Program are eight carefully selected national meat, milk and fish value chains that were judged to have high potential for transformational improvement ‐ from the producer to the consumer Bangladesh: small and medium-scale aquaculture value chains Egypt: small and medium-scale aquaculture value chains Ethiopia: small ruminant value chains in mixed crop‐livestock systems India (selected states): smallholder dairy value chains Nicaragua/Honduras: dual‐purpose cattle value chains Tanzania: smallholder dairy value chains Vietnam: smallholder pig value chains Uganda: smallholder pig value chains
CRP flagships – Technological flagship, Systems Analysis for Sustainable Innovation (ASI) and Value Chain Transformation (VCT). This structure constitutes different phases i.e: Delivery which informs the Discovery phase. Discovery is also integrated to Delivery.
The Livestock and Fish gender strategy prioritizes gender capacity development as away to help more staff see, understand and analyze how gender and social inequality affect development outcomes. This is vital to achieving the CGIAR Research Programs desired development outcomes. The capacity of CG staff, partners and value chain actors is considered key to engaging with gender constraints.
Transition International commissioned to develop a comprehensive methodology to assess non-CG partners’ gender capacity needs
To further attain long lasting impact, effort is being made to create a positive environment within which poor women and men earn their living by developing and testing GTA VCA tools – address gender and inequalities into the value chains’ research. It would dig into what underlying norms, beliefs and practices create and maintain existing inequalities in access to and control over resources, markets, and new opportunities for upgrading, and identify what actors to work with, using what strategies, to foster change that benefits poor and marginalized men and women and the chain overall.
Planned study: Global study - Gender norms and agency vis-à-vis innovation in agriculture and NRM
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Fish retailer gender analysis to establish the opportunities to enhance income and work opportunities for men and women. It is particularly focused on identifying whether and how gender inequality influences different dimensions of the work, and whether women and men have similar outcomes and employment conditions.
Project’s innovative ‘hub approach’ which was adopted to help overcome the challenges small-scale dairy farmers often face in accessing farm inputs such as feeds as well as animal breeding and health services.
Strong emphasis on gender mainstreaming and this has been demonstrated by commissioning consultants to support the initiative. KITT has been commissioned to support L&F to integrate gender concerns into the program’s technical flagships and value chains .The trajectory includes staff assessment, tailor made technical assistance, coaching and action learning, knowledge building and documentation.
Gender Research in the Livestock and Fish CGIAR research program
Gender Research in the Livestock and Fish CGIAR
Annet A. Mulema
CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network Annual
Meeting, IRRI, Philippines, 19-23 January 2015
Gender strategic research
• Gender capacity development
– Rapid assessment tools for partner identification, gender capacity
needs and interest in Gender Transformative Approaches (GTAs)
• Empowerment and GTA
– GTA value chain analysis tools
– Social media strategy to encourage social change in gender norms in
Tanzania (for crop and goat project)
– Global gender norms study done in Bangladesh (with AAS); in TZ in
• Resource Ownership
– Study on “men and women’s perceptions of resource ownership and their
implications on food security in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nicaragua”
– Product: journal article
Gender strategic research
• Value chain analysis
– Gender analysis of value chains to identify the gendered
constraints and opportunities
– Fish retailer gender analysis (in rural Egypt)
– Gender and aquaculture technology adoption study: -
focusing on dissemination approaches (in Bangladesh)
• Gender and hubs approach
– Effectiveness of East Africa Diary Development hubs
approach in involving women in Kenya, Uganda and
Gender integrated research
• KIT support to integrate gender in L&F technological
– Impact of dairy hubs on human nutrition in Tanzania
– Consumer study on role of fish in poor people’s diets in
• Sheep fattening in Ethiopia
– Assessment of gender relations in sheep fattening
• Community-based sheep breeding in Ethiopia
– Comprehensive evaluation of the community-based
sheep breeding program from a gender perspective