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Understanding gender in wheat-based livelihoods for enhanced WHEAT R4D impact in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Ethiopia

The Understanding gender in wheat-based livelihoods for enhanced WHEAT R4D impact in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Ethiopia project explores how the differing roles and rights of women, men and youth influence wheat research and development impacts in three nations whose inhabitants depend heavily on the crop for protein, carbohydrates and livelihoods.

The project will seek evidence to promote an appreciation of gender integration and social inclusion, as an opportunity to enhance impact. Wheat accounts for more than a third of Pakistan’s food and over half of the food supply in Afghanistan, and Ethiopia is the second-largest wheat producer in Sub-Saharan Africa. Gender norms are very conservative in these areas and male farmers are better positioned to benefit from new technologies, furthering the gap between men and women. Gender-sensitive approaches in research can help to diminish this gap and ultimately benefit everyone.

Through increased evidence and dissemination, future wheat research and development interventions will increase the empowerment of poor women and youth in wheat-based systems in a manner that helps to unleash their potential. Policy makers will also have a new evidence-base on gender relations in wheat-based systems and livelihoods for improved decision making and priority setting to ensure that agricultural research and development promotes equality of opportunity and outcomes for female and male farmers.

Funding Institutions: Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development 

Partners: The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, The Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences

Principal Coordinator: Kristie Drucza