Gender and social inclusion

Gender and other social differences such as age, wealth and ethnicity, have an enormous influence upon the success of agricultural interventions. To ensure equitable impacts and benefits to rural people, CIMMYT emphasizes inclusive research and development interventions. Starting with the collection of data on gender and social differences, efforts are underway to address these gaps and ensure equitable adoption of technologies and practice. This includes working towards gender-equitable control of productive assets and resources; technologies that reduce women’s labor; and improved capacity of women and youth to participate in decision-making.

Innovation and technology
Features

CIMMYT Scaling Advisor emphasizes importance of context and systemic thinking in how we do our research and implement projects.

Innovation and technology
Features

The two-wheel tractor has proven its worth in Africa’s smallholder farms thanks to the FACASI project.

Gender and social inclusion
Publications

New study presents a typology of women’s decision-making in wheat in India.

Innovation and technology
Features

The use of corn husk as veneer has helped a town to preserve maize biodiversity, protect the environment and reduce migration.

Food security
In the media

Source: The Manila Times (26 May 2020)

Mexican designer Fernando Laposse partnered with CIMMYT and works with a village of Mixtec farmers to transform unused maize husks into furniture.

Gender and social inclusion
Publications

Adoption of mini-tiller is significantly lower in female-headed households, CIMMYT researchers find.

Food security
News

The number of the world’s hungry could double and trade restrictions will harm food importing nations, experts say.

Food security
Blogs

The Scaling Up community of practice discusses challenges and opportunities for an improved “new normal” for agriculture, research and development.

Capacity development
Features

Small-scale agricultural mechanization service provision model supports women’s empowerment in the Ethiopian agriculture sector.

Gender and social inclusion
Features

Our climate change-ravaged food systems cannot wait for the gradual progress of gender quality.

Gender and social inclusion
Features

Women in Malawi are inspiring the next generation of smallholder farmers to adopt climate-smart technologies.

Gender and social inclusion
Features

Experts note that policies alone are not enough — they need to go hand in hand with strong initiatives to make agriculture a safer, more equal and respectful space for both women and men.

Gender and social inclusion
Blogs

Is it up to the village men? Or women, too?

Capacity development
News

Women in West Bengal form farmer groups and cooperatives drawing on sustainable agricultural practices from CIMMYT’s SRFSI project.

Gender and social inclusion
Videos

CIMMYT scientists and leaders join the International Day of Women and Girls in Science social media buzz and share stories about what inspired their careers.