Gender-Responsive Plant Breeding and Seed Systems Course for South Asia

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

GREAT delivers courses to agricultural researchers from sub-Saharan Africa 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.

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 biophysical and social scientists in national agricultural research institutions (NARIs), the CGIAR system, and other agricultural research for development (A4RD) institutions in South Asia. The purpose of the course is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to identify and address gender issues in plant breeding and seed systems programs to achieve climate resilience outcomes.

Course dates:

  • Part 1 (ICRISAT campus in Hyderabad, India): 12-17 September, 2022 
  • Part 2 (virtual): 26-30 September, 2022 

Participants at a glance: 

  • 30 course participants
  • 21 men, 9 women
  • 18 biophysical scientists 
  • 12 social scientists
  • 3 countries; India (17), Bangladesh (9), Nepal (4) 
  • 10 institutions;
    • 19 from the National Agricultural Research System (NARS)  
    • 8 CGIAR 
    • 2 Academia
    • 1 Government Ministry

See the PDF below for project descriptions and biographies of participants and trainers.

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