Gender research points the way to more inclusive farming systems

In a special issue of the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, four new studies explore lessons learned from the first five years of the GREAT (Gender-Aware Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation) project.

Launched in 2016, GREAT – jointly led by researchers from Cornell’s Department of Global Development at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Makerere University in Uganda – developed a training model intended to disrupt norms crop improvement research. The studies examine in detail the GREAT model and the impact of feminist-informed gender training on research and researchers in the crop improvement sector.

“Over the decades, agricultural research systems have calcified into structures and processes that do not systematically prioritize gender equality,” said Hale Ann Tufan, GREAT co-investigator and professor of development research. global. “Gender trainings that challenge research teams to break this status quo are an essential part of ensuring that agricultural research processes and results contribute to gender equality and social inclusion. . This special issue explores the foundations of the GREAT model that aims to do just that.

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Lana T. Arthur