GREAT Blog

22 December 2016
By: Brenda Boonabaana, GREAT Trainer and Project Manager
As a GREAT mentor, I have had a wonderful opportunity to support GREAT participants through their journey of conducting gender research by sharing my knowledge, skills, experience and encouraging them along the way. I happened to have been matched with two wonderful researchers – Lilian Nkengla Asi... more

16 December 2016
By: Devon Jenkins, GREAT Trainer and Communications Director
As a small child in Uganda, Robert Kawuki farmed banana and cassava crops with his family, spawning an interest that still guides him today. “When I had an opportunity to come and work with a program that works on a crop I also grew when I was young, I got very interested, and [developed] a very... more

17 November 2016
By: HIllary Mara, GREAT Graduate Student Assistant and Cornell University Master's in Public Administration Candidate
In September, 2016, the GREAT project brought together interdisciplinary research teams from across Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond for the first part of a two-week gender-responsive training in Kampala, Uganda. This first GREAT cohort focused on research projects involving roots, tubers, and bananas... more

08 September 2016
By: HIllary Mara, GREAT Graduate Student Assistant and Cornell University Master's in Public Administration Candidate
KAMPALA, UGANDA: GREAT is excited to announce that 11 teams of interdisciplinary professionals from four continents will participate in a training course on “Gender Responsive Root, Tuber, and Banana Breeding,” in Kampala, Uganda, from September 12-21, 2016. The cohort consists of 33 researchers... more

07 September 2016
By: Hale Tufan and Margaret Mangheni, GREAT Co-PIs
The GREAT vision is based on a premise: That agricultural research projects are often designed with little consideration of how the research outputs, technologies and interventions will impact both men and women. Researchers are increasingly expected to design projects that deliver equitable... more

01 June 2016
By: HIllary Mara, GREAT Graduate Student Assistant and Cornell University Master's in Public Administration Candidate
Thanks to Hale Tufan for sharing her reflections on her own professional path from molecular biologist to leading projects in gender and agriculture. In this conversation with CGIAR, Hale shares her insights on how to inspire other scientists to incorporate gender and end-user preferences into... more

17 May 2016
By: HIllary Mara, GREAT Graduate Student Assistant and Cornell University Master's in Public Administration Candidate
Paula and her research partner Winifred during the GREAT pilot course field visit in Wakiso District near Kampala, Uganda Paula Iragaba, Ugandan PhD student in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University and GREAT pilot course attendee, is looking to end the disconnect between breeders... more

08 March 2016
By: Dan Torrington, GREAT Project Manager
Achieving greater parity among women and men in sub-Saharan Africa so they more equally share the benefits of agricultural research is the goal of an initiative announced today, on International Women’s Day, in the spirit of the Pledge for Parity campaign. The $5M grant to equip researchers to... more

07 March 2016
By: Dan Torrington, GREAT Project Manager
In early February 2016, GREAT held its inception meeting and theme 1 course planning meeting in Kampala, Uganda, bringing together gender and breeding experts from around the world to launch the project. The meetings marked the first international convening of GREAT since Cornell and Makerere... more