GREAT Blog

08 March 2019
By: Margaret Najjingo Mangheni, GREAT Co-PI
  Twenty years ago two women (Margaret Mangheni and Monica Karuhanga) set out to accomplish the ‘impossible’—introduce gender in the agriculture curriculum at Makerere University in Uganda. Universities are some of the most rigid institutions—change therein is often very slow or near to impossible... more

13 January 2019
By: Peace Musiimenta, GREAT Trainer
GREAT Trainer and Lecturer, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University This is a reflection on my experience with Great Responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) during a tailored Course for Tropical Legumes Breeding III (TLIII) held on 26th November-1st... more

13 January 2019
By: Margaret Najjingo Mangheni, GREAT Co-PI
  GREAT Co-PI and Prof, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University When ICRISAT asked us to run our 14-day Gender-Responsive Plant Breeding course for scientists involved in its Tropical Legumes III project (TLIII) with only a fraction of the usual budget, I thought it... more

13 January 2019
By: Brenda Boonabaana, GREAT Trainer, Associate Coordinator; Richard Miiro, GREAT Trainer
  Interdisciplinary work is the core of the GREAT approach. It is only through collaboration between different expertise that GREAT's vision of inclusive and effective agricultural systems can be realized. In the following blogs, two of our trainers reflect on some insights they gained from our... more

13 December 2018
By: Holly Holmes and Clair Hershey, CGIAR Gender & Breeding Initiative
This blog was originally posted on the CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative website.  Over the past few decades, gender initiatives across CGIAR have created broad awareness among scientists about the need to consider the impact of new agricultural technologies on both men and women. However, even... more

15 November 2018
By: Eva Weltzien, GREAT Guest Lecturer
  It is not easy to relate specific breeding program targets or activities to a desired societal goal. Yet that is, at least in part, exactly what programs like GREAT set out to teach plant breeders to do. I recently had the opportunity to reflect on the linkage between breeding and social change... more

02 October 2018
By: Samantha Hautea, GREAT Communications Specialist
  How do you ensure that gender training curricula and trainers are really delivering greater adoption of gender-responsive research, and in a truly meaningful way? It’s a question that many projects face as they respond to a growing awareness of the central role that gender plays in shaping... more

25 September 2018
By: Francois Iradukunda, Bioversity International/GREAT RTB Fellow
  Perspectives on gender can change over time: this is true not only of society and culture, but of researchers as well. Throughout my professional career as an agronomist, it was not so easy for me to understand why a proven agricultural technology, once outscaled, would often fail to achieve the... more

27 July 2018
By: Devon Jenkins, GREAT Project Manager, Cornell University
Participants from the GREAT Gender-Responsive Legume Breeding course present initial research plans while Christine Leuenberger (center), from Cornell University's Science and Technology Studies Department, and Margaret Mangheni (right), from Makerere Unversity's College of Agricultural and... more

29 June 2018
By: Bernice Waweru, GREAT Cereal Grains Fellow
  The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Technical Workshop, held between April 13 and 17 in Marrakesh, Morocco, was one-of-a-kind. The venue was quite scenic and beautiful, with an experience of a mix of languages and cultures that came together to form a great community of people to interact with and... more