GREAT Blog

29 July 2019
By: Juliana Andagile Mwakasendo, Socio-economist at the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute, GREAT Theme 4 Participant
  Despite 14 years of experience as a socio-economist, currently at the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute’s (TARI) Kifyulilo Station, I was not sure if attending the GREAT Gender–Responsive Plant Breeding Course would be easy for me. I knew very little about plant breeding, and when filling... more

26 July 2019
By: By Eileen Nchanji, Gender Specialist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Kenya, and Siri Bella Ngoh, Gender Specialist at the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD) in Cameroon
  Note: With Week 1 of the GREAT Theme 4 Gender-Responsive Plant Breeding Course currently underway in Kampala, we're highlighting perspectives from participants as they experience the course for themselves. Stay tuned for additional blogs! How great is GREAT By Eileen Nchanji, Gender Specialist... more

23 July 2019
By: Umar Mohammad Lawan – Plant Breeder, Institute for Agricultural Research, Nigeria; Edward Bikketi – Gender Post-Doc Fellow, ICRISAT; Jenipher Bisikwa, GREAT Trainer, Senior Lecturer, Makerere University
Note: In late November, 2018, GREAT hosted its first Custom Course in Kampala, a six-day training for advanced teams from the Tropical Legumes III (TLIII) project. This blog is a continuation in a series on the training, kicked off with a post from ICRISAT gender scientist Esther Njuguna-Mungai,... more

23 July 2019
By: Margaret Najjingo Mangheni, GREAT Co-PI
Note: this is the second in a series of blogs related to the first GREAT Custom Course, created for the Tropical Legumes III project in November 2018. The first blog in this series is available here. When ICRISAT asked us to run our 14-day Gender-Responsive Plant Breeding course for scientists... more

23 July 2019
By: Esther Njuguna-Mungai, Gender Scientist, ICRISAT and GREAT Custom Course Client
Note: this blog was originally posted on the Tropical Legumes III project site, and is the first in a series of blogs related to the first GREAT Custom Course, created for the Tropical Legumes III project in November 2018. In a world where ‘gender integration’ or ‘gender mainstreaming’ is... more

15 July 2019
By: Margaret Najjingo Mangheni, GREAT Co-PI / Brenda Boonabaana, GREAT Associate Project Coordinator / Peace Musiimenta, GREAT Trainer
  The Makerere training team had a retreat from 17th to 18th June, 2019. Attended by eleven team members, the retreat was held at the idyllic Malakai Eco-lodge in Kitende, Wakiso, Uganda. The purpose of the retreat was to build training capacity and engage in team building. It came at an opportune... more

15 July 2019
By: Elizabeth Asiimwe, GREAT Project Coordinator, Makerere University
New GREAT trainers Over the last three years, the GREAT management at Makerere University has endeavored to build a critical mass of trainers capable of delivering the GREAT course even beyond the project life time in 2020. With this in mind, we are pleased to welcome four brilliant new trainers to... more

12 July 2019
By: François Iradukunda, Bioversity International and GREAT Fellow
  Thanks to the travel sponsorship I got from the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research, I was able to attend to the Seeds of Change conference in Canberra, Australia, in April 2019. The conference contributed to a new chapter of the long journey that I started in 2016 as gender-... more

03 July 2019
By: Losira Nasirumbi Sanya, GREAT Fellow & Trainer
  My journey with the Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) Project has been full of surprises and beautiful moments. It all started in 2016, when I joined the GREAT Theme 1 course that brought together biophysical and social scientists focusing on Gender-... more

19 June 2019
By: Samantha Hautea, GREAT Communications Specialist
  A year ago, Esther Chelule wasn’t involved in managing her family’s wheat farm in Kenya – she felt that was “men’s work,” something left to her husband. Now, after participating in farmer trainings to facilitate cooperation between married couples on the farm, the dynamics of their household have... more