Leading agricultural transformation.

GREAT equips researchers to create more inclusive and effective agricultural systems by addressing the priorities of both women and men in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

GREAT delivers courses to agricultural researchers 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. 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.

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GREAT is supported with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Cornell University and Makerere University led the first phase of the project starting in 2015. In 2021, the partnership expanded to include the CGIAR GENDER Platform through the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Global impact.

Since the first GREAT course in 2016, our training has reached:

Of participants are women
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GREAT participants have come from both national and international research institutions, including:

AfricaRice • Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria • Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) • Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe • Bioversity International • Busitema University, Uganda • Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), France • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique (CNRST), Burkina Faso • Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA), Côte d’Ivoire • CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana • Crop Breeding Institute, Zimbabwe • Department of Agricultural Research (DARS) • Department of Agricultural Research Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Malawi • Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS) • Department of Research and Specialist Services, Zimbabwe • Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR) • Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria • Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV), India • Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER), Mali • Institut de l’Environnement et Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Burkina Faso • Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi (ISABU) • Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD), Cameroon • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN) • Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique (IIAM) • Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA) • Institut Togolais de Recherche Agronomique (ITRA) • International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) • International Potato Center (CIP) • International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) • Kenyan Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (KALRO) • Lake Chad Research Institute (LCRI), Nigeria • Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Malawi • L’Institut Panafricain pour le Développement région Afrique de l’Ouest – Sahel (IPD/AOS) • Makerere University, Uganda • Michigan State University • Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Research and Specialists Services (MoA-DARSS), Eswatini • Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF), Tanzania • Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MOALD), Nepal • Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Climate, Water and Rural Resettlement, Zimbabwe • Mulungushi University, Zambia • National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Uganda • National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Nigeria • Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) • Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) • SOJAGNON-NGO, Benin • Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) • Uganda Christian University • Université Dan Dicko Dankoulodo de Maradi, Niger • Universite Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Burkina Faso • University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin • University of Zambia • West Africa Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI) • World Vegetable Center • Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI) • Zanzibar Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI)


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Margaret Najjingo Mangheni

Margaret Najjingo Mangheni

Makerere University

Co-principal investigator

Hale Ann Tufan

Hale Ann Tufan

Cornell University

Co-principal investigator


Elizabeth Asiimwe

Makerere University

Project manager


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