Gender Dynamics in Seed Systems: CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research announces results of the call for proposals

A woman is taking care of the plant's seedling. Indonesia.
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The call, announced in August, invited CGIAR researchers to submit proposals on gender relations vis-a-vis technological and institutional innovation, with a focus on gender dynamics in seed systems. Specifically: how gender relations affect varietal development or adoption; how technical and institutional innovations related to seed systems impact household and community gender relations; and/or, how attention to gender in seed system innovations affects outcomes.

Five selected projects will be carried out during the next 18 months and will be co-funded by Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) through the Gender Platform and other CGIAR research programs involved in each project. Visit Gender Platform website for more information. 

Selected proposals

Gender dynamics in fodder seed systems: evidence from East Africa 

The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock will conduct the study.


Principal Investigator: Birhanu Lenjiso (Gender Post-Doctoral Fellow, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI))
Alessandra Galie (Gender Scientist, ILRI)
Chris Jones (Program leader for feed and forage development at ILRI)

Assessing institutional innovation to promote women led informal seed systems in Eastern India

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Rice, together with Goverment of Odisha, Gorakhapur Environmental Action Group (GEAG), and Grameen Development Services will conduct the study.


Principal Investigator: Ranjitha Puskur (Senior Gender Scientist, IRRI).
Swati Nayak (Agricultural Research & Development Specialist, IRRI)
Manzoor Dar (Development Specialist, IRRI)
Sujata Ganguly (Gender Specialist, IRRI)

Gender and the moral economy of sweet potato vines. A study in Tanzania

The International Potato Center (CIP) and the CGIAR Research Programe on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), together with the Lake Zone Agricultural Research Development Institute (LZARDI) and Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) will conduct the study.


Principal InvestigatorMargaret McEwan (Gender Scientist, RTB/CIP-PI).
Conny Almekinders (RTB/WUR-PI)
Kwame Ogero (Fellow, RTB/CIP-RA),

Integrating gender into Kenya’s evolving seed policies and regulations for roots and tubers

The International Potato Center (CIP), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the CGIAR Research Programe on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), together with Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) will conduct the study.


Principal Investigator: Netsayi Mudege (Gender Scientist, RTB/CIP).
Margaret McEwan (Gender Scientist, CIP/RTB)
David Spielman (Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI/PIM)

Gender dynamics in non-hybrid cereals and legumes seed systems in Ethiopia and Uganda

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Tropical Legumes III, a project mapped to the CRP Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC – currently under review), together with Melkassa Agricultural Research Centre, EthiopiaDebre Zeit Agricultural Research Centre, EthiopiaNational Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute, Uganda, and the Center for Behaviour Change will conduct the study.


Principal Investigator: Esther Njuguna-Mungai (Gender Scientist, ICRISAT ESA).
Essegbemon Akpo (Seed systems specialist, ICRISAT)
Chris Ojiewo (Seed systems theme Leader, ICRISAT)


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