GREAT courses equip researchers to create more inclusive and effective agricultural systems by addressing the priorities of both women and men in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

GREAT will deliver training to agricultural researchers from SSA in the theory and practice of gender-responsive research, seeking to increase opportunities for equitable participation and the sharing of benefits from agricultural research and improve the outcomes for smallholder women farmers, entrepreneurs, and farmer organizations across sub-Saharan Africa. 

By building and engaging communities of researchers equipped with the skills, knowledge, and support systems to develop and implement gender-responsive projects, GREAT will advance gender-responsiveness as the norm and standard for agricultural research.

GREAT is a collaboration between Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

What is Gender-Responsive?

Gender-responsiveness can mean many things, including:

  • Providing equitable access to land, credit, and inputs for women's roles as farm managers
  • Revamping extension services to reach both women and men farmers with relevant market and technical information
  • Supporting producer groups with equitable membership and benefit practices
  • Recognizing and strengthening good nutritional outcomes for all household members
  • Transforming agricultural education to encourage girls and boys to study agricultural sciences and become researchers, extensionists, and agro-entrepreneurs

Adapted from Rubin, Manfre, and Nichols Barrett 2009​