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ICRISAT participates in CGIAR Gender Network workshop in Seattle

With the theme “Addressing the Gender Gap in Agriculture: Opportunities for Collaboration in Gender-Responsive Research,” a CGIAR Gender Network workshop was held on 25-27 July at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.

Attended by gender specialists and researchers representing 15 members of the CGIAR Consortium, the workshop was organized by the Consortium Office and hosted and sponsored by the Gates foundation. Dr Chanda Gurung Goodrich, Principal Scientist-Empower Women and Dr R Padmaja, Scientist-Gender Research, represented ICRISAT in the workshop.

The CGIAR Strategic Results Framework (SRF) has identified research on gender as a cross-cutting theme of relevance to all CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). The Programs are expected to realize important opportunities for synergy and efficiency by identifying research topics related to gender that can be addressed by more than one Program, including methodologies, data collection and even sites that can be shared.

In addition, the Consortium anticipates that in 2013, gender researchers will begin to define and establish some shared quality standards for research on gender and agriculture in the CRPs. Thus, in early 2012 the CGIAR formed a research network with a core group composed of 15 researchers whose role is to coordinate research on gender within and among the CRPs. This workshop is the first conducted by this core group to explore opportunities for conducting cross-program research.

The workshop discussed and exchanged focused information about ongoing gender research and plans included in the Program Gender Strategies and for exploring opportunities for cross-program collaboration in the format of a brief concept paper. The deliberations of the meeting served as inputs into the revised SRF action plan paper.