GENNOVATE

GENNOVATE is a global comparative research initiative which addresses the question of how gender norms influence men, women and youth to adopt innovation in agriculture and natural resource management.

Carried out in conjunction with 11 CGIAR research programs worldwide and across 125 rural communities in 26 countries, this qualitative comparative study aims to provide authoritative research to advance gender-transformative approaches and catalyze change in international agricultural and natural resource management research for development.

In discussion groups and individual interviews, roughly 6,000 rural study participants of different socio-economic backgrounds and age groups are reflecting on and comparing local women’s and men’s expected roles and behaviors — or gender norms— and how these social rules affect their ability to access, adopt, adapt and benefit from innovations in agricultural and natural resource management.

The initiative’s broad-based and inclusive research process strives to give rural women and men a voice by providing authoritative, contextually grounded evidence on how gender interacts with agricultural innovations. It also aims to strengthen CGIAR research program capacities to know the target beneficiaries, design for them, and be accountable to them.

Roughly 6,000 rural study participants of different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds are reflecting on and comparing local women’s and men’s expected roles and behaviors — or gender norms— and how these social rules affect their ability to access, adopt, adapt and benefit from innovations in agricultural and natural resource management.

Central to the qualitative field study is an exploration of women’s and men’s agency – understood as “the ability to define one’s goals and act upon them” – at the core of which is the capacity to make important decisions pertaining to one’s life.

For rural women and men, these decisions relate to agriculture and natural resource management, as well as to other significant events in the private (household) and public (community) spheres. Such instances include, for instance, whether or not to pursue a given livelihood strategy or whether, with whom and when to start a family.

  • Leading Australian farmers visit CIMMYT
  • Bread tasting in Ethiopia
  • Testing gluten strength in quality lab
  • Farmer with her entry in competition for the world's longest maize ear, Jala, Mexico
  • Ridges versus conservation agriculture
  • Farmer seeks drought tolerant maize

Funding Institutions

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Principal coordinator

Lone Badstue

project website

Objectives

What are the most important new agricultural practices and technologies for the men and for the women in a given village?

What qualities make a woman or a man a good farmer?

Do young people in this village follow local customs of women doing certain agricultural activities and men others?

Are there differences between a woman who is innovative and a man who is innovative?

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