GREAT Blog

07 November 2022
By: Fred Shimali
As a social scientist with a desire to engage in rigorous research for rural transformation and development, I happily found myself at GREAT. My first step on my GREAT journey started at Pro-WEAI training for trainers course held at Forest Cottages Kampala Uganda. Before that training, my... more

07 November 2022
By: By Elizabeth Asiimwe
The GREAT team from Makerere University that participated in the CGIAR Science event.  The Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) team participated in the CGIAR Gender Science Exchange, a conference to discuss cutting-edge gender and social science... more

07 November 2022
By: By Elizabeth Asiimwe
In September, 27 agricultural scientists from South Asia joined GREAT’s growing community of gender-responsive researchers. The two-part Gender-responsive Plant Breeding and Seed Systems course for South Asia took a blended training approach, with virtual lessons as well as in-person workshops in... more

11 August 2022
Integrating gender into breeding objectives and decisions: What works, where and why? Do you know of a plant breeding effort that is trying to have  more gender equitable impact? Submit a brief description for a chance to receive a grant of USD$10,000   To help make breeding efforts more gender... more

30 June 2022
By: Martha Businge
  In 2017, I was selected to take part in the second cohort of Gender-Responsive Researchers Equipped for Agriculture Transformation (GREAT) training. Honestly, I didn't think it would progress any further. I must admit that, with little research experience to fall back on, I felt like a novice... more

05 May 2022
By: GREAT
Makerere University (Uganda) and Cornell University (USA), in partnership with the Generating Evidence and New Directions for Equitable Results (GENDER Platform) arm of One CGIAR, have designed a Gender-Responsive Plant breeding and seed systems course targeting interdisciplinary teams of... more

09 March 2022
By: Swati Nayak* and Kuntal Das**
  The vision canvas In rural India, the involvement of women in agriculture for their livelihood is as high as 80%, where 33% are cultivators and about 47% are agricultural laborers (Rao 2006; FAO 2011). Yet, women own only 13% of the farmland (The Hindu Business Line 2013; Shreya Raman 2019;... more

23 February 2022
By: Zenebech Mesfin
Deepening gender responsive agricultural research skills of NARs in Sub-Saharan Africa   While training courses remain a central focus to the Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) program, towards the end of 2021 GREAT training courses were complemented by a... more

23 February 2022
By: Matt Hayes
The Beijing Declaration in 1995 set the global development agenda for gender equality across sectors, including agriculture. Since then, gender training has been a central approach for gender integration in agricultural development. Yet in the decades since that time, scant research has gone into... more

04 January 2022
By: Elizabeth Asiimwe
  The vision of Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) is to create more inclusive and effective agricultural systems by addressing the priorities of both women and men in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. After a successful Phase 1, the GREAT team at Makerere... more