CGIAR Gender Platform

 Platform leader      Nicoline de Haan (interim)


GENDER (Generating Evidence and New Directions for Equitable Results) is CGIAR’s new platform designed to put gender equality at the forefront of global agricultural research for development. The Platform will transform the way gender research is done, both within and beyond CGIAR, to kick-start a process of genuine change toward greater gender equality and better lives for smallholder farmers everywhere.

Launched in January 2020, GENDER builds on a wealth of research and learning generated by the previous CGIAR Gender Network and the Collaborative Platform for Gender Research (2011–2019). It encompasses all 15 CGIAR Research Centers, 12 collaborative CGIAR Research Programs and 3 CGIAR System-wide Research Support Platforms.

GENDER is hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, and co-led by the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, ILRI, the International Potato Center, the International Rice Research Institute and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

CGIAR GENDER community

Gender Research Coordinators from each of the CGIAR Centers, Research Programs and Platforms are core members of the Platform, along with the gender scientists and post-doctoral fellows from across the CGIAR System. The Platform also serves external partners, a group that includes national agricultural research and extension systems, university partners, non-government organizations, multilateral institutions and governments with whom CGIAR collaborates.

Where We Work

The CGIAR GENDER Platform is global. It works closely with CGIAR scientists and external partners from across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Expected outcomes of GENDER
  • The global food system’s development agenda – including that of CGIAR and its partners, governments, regional bodies, donors and multilateral organizations – is informed by gender research and evidence generated by CGIAR and partners.
  • Gender equality and transformative thinking is integral to the CGIAR System and to national agricultural research and extension systems, universities and NGOs, and it is a key criterion for priority setting, targeting and managing agricultural research for development at all levels.
  • Partnerships for achieving gender equality are developed and strengthened, including linkages with existing CGIAR initiatives and external activities relating to gender equality and food systems development, to reach scale and impact lives.


  • Nicoline de Haan, interim Platform Director and ILRI Gender Lead (Nairobi, Kenya)

Investing in Women: Key Players for Ensuring Impact

Women play a critical role in producing root and tuber crops. They are also the decision makers in families and communities regarding health and nutrition, and keepers of a wealth of knowledge surrounding crop production and benefits.

“Sustainable agriculture, rural development and food security cannot be achieved through efforts that ignore or exclude more than half of the rural population – women” (FAO)

Women often work in difficult conditions and receive little recognition for their efforts. With agricultural research and extension services previously broadly directed at men, there has traditionally been a marked difference in the benefits received by men and women. By excluding women, we risk losing the chance to tap into the potential of one of the developing world’s major assets.

Closing the gender gap – the focus of FAO’s 2010-2011 “State of Food and Agriculture”– is one of the key impact issues highlighted by CIP’s Pro-Poor Research and Development model. Through its partnerships with NGOs, local organizations, and national government agencies, CIP is reaching out to women to support their greater access to resources and critical participation in project planning, implementation, and the expected impacts.

Gender is an important consideration when designing strategies for stimulating consumer demand. CIP’s value chain innovations include commercial and technological user-friendly information that takes into account gender differences. Training materials that support CIP products and programs are also developed with gender-sensitive pedagogies.



  • SASHA. While women account for as much as 80% of Africa’s food production, their access to land, improved technologies, and credit is extremely limited. The Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) program focuses on women as producers and guardians of family nutrition, with special attention to their needs and preferences.
  • Innovating women CIP-Papa Andina’s gender tool
  • Sustainable production in India CIP’s workshops in India target women, promoting the nutritional and culinary benefits of orange-fleshed sweetpotato.
  • Working with women in the Andes CIP–Papa Andina is working across the Andean region to promote women’s participation in the production and commercialization of potato and other highly nutritious Andean roots and tubers.