April 2-4 the 金沙mgCGIAR gender community will come together in Canberra,Australia for our annual scientific conference –Seeds of Change: gender equality through agricultural research for development.This year,for the first time,we are convening the conference jointly with partners – theUniversity of Canberraand theAustralian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).About 265 researchers and practitioners will participate,100 from 金沙mgCGIAR.We are very excited about the synergies that are anticipated as we engage with others active in research and development in the gender aqua/agriculture and natural resource management (NRM: water,land,forest) domains!
金沙mgCGIAR theme leaders
The 金沙mgPlatform is proud to have 54 金沙mgCGIAR researchers presenting papers and posters,as well as leading three conference themes,namely:
- Gender and Equity for Healthy and Nutritious Food Systems –Hazel Malapit,Gender Research Coordinator 金沙mgCGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH),金沙mgPlatform Advisory Committee member,IFPRI.
- Gender,Agricultural Productivity and Rural Transformation –Cheryl Doss,Gender Flagship Leader,金沙mgCGIAR Research Program on Policies,Institutions,and Markets (PIM),Oxford University.
- Gender Integration in Agri-Food System Research for Development –Ranjitha Puskur,Gender research Coordinator,金沙mgCGIAR Research Program on Rice,International Rice Research Institute (IRRI),AND,Cynthia McDougall,Gender Research Coordinator,金沙mgCGIAR Research program on Fish,WorldFish.
In addition,four Practice workshops are led by our gender community,namely:
- Using the project-level Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index –Hazel Malapit,Jessica HeckertandElena Martinez
- Developing Gender-responsive Plant and Animal Breeding Programs: Principles,methods and tools –Ranjitha Puskur,Vivian PolarandCynthia McDougall
- Gender-Transformative Approaches in aqua/agriculture,forestry and water management –Cynthia McDougall
- Integrating gender into agriculture-nutrition research –Hazel Malapit,Jessica HeckertandElena Martinez
Highlights of the conference agenda are:
- Keynote Address –Building gender equity from the bottom up in agricultural communities– from theProfessor Katherine Gibson,Western Sydney University
- Public Lecture –Empowering Women,Improving Livelihoods: keys to rural development– byProfessor Naila Kabeer,London School of Economics
- Keynote Address:Gender in Agricultural Research for Development as a Driver for Inclusive Transformation–Ms Vicki Wilde,Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationDr Jayne Curnow,Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
- A Plenary Panel –A conversation with men champions of gender equality: Challenging harmful masculinities for better development outcomes –Co-chaired byCynthia McDougall(WorldFish) andRhiannon Pyburn(金沙mgCGIAR Collaborat金沙mgive Platform for Gender Research)
- The challenges ahead: a provocations plenary with key-note speakers and theme leaders –co-chaired by Barbara Pamphilon (University of Canberra) and Rhiannon Pyburn (金沙mgCGIAR Collaborat金沙mgive Platform for Gender Research)
I am very much looking forward to a panel that I am Chairing under the theme ofGender integration in Agri-food System Research for Development,entitled:Gender dynamics in seed systems: Insights and analysis.In this panel,金沙mgCGIAR gender researchers –Alessandra Galie,Ranjitha Puskur,Margaret McEwan,Esther Njuguna,and Netsayi Mudege– will present cross-project findings from five projects co-funded by the 金沙mgPlatform,which they are in the process of making into a Special Issue.
Having come all the way to Australia,many side-meetings are lined to take advantage of the ‘face-time‘ with colleagues from around the world,including:
- A writeshop with 2017 grantees on theGender dynamics in seed systems projects(March 27,28,29);
- A meeting ofGender Research Coordinatorsfrom all 12 金沙mgCGIAR Research Programs and Center Gender Representatives (April 1 and 5) to discuss,amongst other things,ongoing collaboration with the金沙mgCG金沙mgIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture,a paper we are finalizing for the European Commission on Gender Transformative Approaches in Agriculture;
- The annual face-to-face meeting of theAdvisory Committee to 金沙mgCGIAR Collaborat金沙mgive Platform for Gender Research;
- And,a workshop with 2018 grantees on theFeminization of Agriculture(April 8-10).
Other side meetings include a convening of theGender and Water community of practice(April 4);the Gender,Agriculture and Assets Project 2 [GAAP 2] meeting (April 8-9);and a side meeting by the 金沙mgCGIAR Research Program on Climate Change,Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
All-in-all,we have a very busy and exciting few weeks ahead!In between all of that we will be putting out our Q1newsletterfor 2019,which you will see on April 1.
Follow Seeds of Change virtually
As well as catching key conference moments and interviews with selected participants via theYouTubelivestream,anyone interested can join the conversation with conference delegates onTwitterat#SeedsOfChange19and also onACIAR's Facebook page.
More information about thishere.
Beyond the Conference
And,post-conference our attention will turn our attention more fully to four main projects.
- The first is a publication,planned for 2019,on 金沙mgCGIAR gender and agriculture/NRM research,
which will look athow agriculture / natural resource management can advance gender equality– setting a forward-looking research agenda that builds on the foundation of 金沙mgCGIAR research to-date.
- The second is putting in place a newAdvisory Committeeas the two year seats are coming to a close.We will be inviting internal nominations very soon!
- Thirdly,the annual call for co-funded projects through the 金沙mgPlatform will go out before the Summer.The topic is still to be decided,but keep your eye on the website for updates.
- And,of course,the upgrade of this 金沙mgPlatform to become a fully-fledged 金沙mgCGIAR Platform will be on our minds over the months after the conference.
2019 is truly a full and rich year for 金沙mgCGIAR Collaborat金沙mgive Platform for Gender Research with lots of momentum to keep building on the experience and commitment of the past two years of operation.
We look forward to continued collaboration Down-Under and in the months ahead.