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BLOG: Why does paying attention to gender matter for climate change adaptation?

This blog post by Elizabeth Bryan, Patti Kristjanson, and Claudia Ringler summarizes recent research by IFPRI on gender and climate change under the CGIAR Program for Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security. Click here to read why gender matters for climate change adaptation.

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EMPLOYMENT: Gender Postdoctoral Fellow – Livestock Plus (CIAT)

Gender Postdoctoral Fellow- Livestock Plus

CIAT is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to address the key research question: How can Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) be designed and implemented to promote inclusiveness, social equity and decrease existing gender gaps?

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to work closely with a team of researchers from CIAT and partner organizations to include gender research in the LivestockPlus project. This project, which is part of the CCAFS, aims to reduce emissions from the cattle sector by promoting sustainable agricultural systems that include tropical forages and improved animal feeding practices.

Specifically, the Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to investigate gender roles and inequalities in the cattle sector in Costa Rica and Colombia as a baseline exercise. Then, work in collaboration with the LivestockPlus team to determine how various NAMAs may impact gender roles and inequalities and how gender relations may impact the uptake of NAMAs by farmers in the cattle sector.

The position will be based at CIAT Headquarters in Palmira, Colombia.

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Webinar: Gender considerations in today’s post COP 21 environment; what’s missing?

February 22, 2016 at 10:00 am EST

Register here: bit.ly/1TXgOEj

The first in a new webinar series on issues related to gender and agriculture, developed by the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network in collaboration with CGIAR Research Programs and partners, this webinar focuses on what’s missing in terms of gender considerations in today’s post COP 21 environment. Based on work carried out by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS, led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), join our speakers as they discuss their experiences regarding the need for greater recognition of women’s active role in agriculture and climate change adaptation and mitigation from three different policy perspectives.

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Does Uganda sufficiently address gender inequalities in climate policies? (via CCAFS)

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) together with partners International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), recently released an Info Note analyzing Uganda’s climate and development policies from a gender perspective. Feel free to explore the following resources:

Download Info Note: Gender and Climate Change in Uganda: Effects of Policy and Institutional Frameworks
Read accompanying blog: Does Uganda sufficiently address gender inequalities in climate policies?

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Five mid-week gender reads and resources

Photo: Joslin Isaacson. Source: Flickr (IFPRI Images)

How do women and men cope with time burden, and what implications do such gendered coping strategies this have for nutrition? This month’s post on the Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange blog shares results from a systematic review of the evidence: It is time: Why time matters in agriculture-nutrition pathways from the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)

Nutrition education’s unexpected synergies with women’s empowerment: Rebranding bran: teaching nutrient-rich cooking in Mali (the Guardian) describes a project in Mali to teach mothers about nutrition and encourage them to cook with wholegrain cereal that is improving child health and freeing up women’s time.

A farmer participatory program is harnessing the creativity of grassroots innovators to generate laborsaving technology that empowers women smallholder farmers. From the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) blog.

We need better methods of measuring poverty if we want progress: A new way of assessing poverty differentiates between individuals instead of lumping households together. Participatory research methods were used to create the “individual deprivation measure.” From the Guardian.

Untangling Gender Mainstreaming: A Theory of Change Based on Experience and Reflection, from the Gender and Development Network, focuses on gender mainstreaming processes within development organizations such as changes to policies, plans and spending; recruitment practices; and staff knowledge and skills.

Have another recent gender read to share? Please do so in the comments section, or send suggestions to s.theis@cgiar.org.  



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CGIAR Roots, Tubers, and Bananas Research Program seeks Social Science Fellow – Gender Research

The CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) seeks an early career stage social scientist as postdoctoral fellow, knowledgeable in the analysis of gender in agricultural development contexts, to introduce gender analysis and gender action research into RTB’s program in Vietnam, especially its collaborative research with other CRPs (e.g. climate change, humid tropics) working in the country.

The position: This position will help the Program widen the contribution of RTB crops to food security and poverty reduction in ways that equitably benefit rural women and men and help retain the involvement of youth in agriculture and agro-enterprise. The selected scientist will adapt and apply lessons learnt in the CGIAR gender norms studies and other gender work in Bangladesh in a more explicit climate change context in Vietnam, through building on existing cross-CRP collaboration between RTB and the CRP Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). She/he will also contribute to strengthening gender responsive approaches in the CRP-Humidtropics work in highland extended mixed farming systems in Vietnam. The position will be based at the CIAT Asia Regional Office in Hanoi, Vietnam. The successful candidate will undergo a short orientation visit to Bangladesh at the beginning of the assignment. He/she will be jointly supervised between CIP’s Leader of Social and Health Sciences and Innovation Systems and CIAT’s Director for Asia, based in Hanoi.

Read the full announcement here.

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Launch of online portal for Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox

Earlier this year, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) together with partners, launched a Gender and Social Inclusion Toolbox for development research via a live-streamed event.

We’ve now put the final touches on a platform dedicated to the toolbox, found here, which we encourage you to check out! Here you’ll be able to learn more about the process leading up to the final product, the people and organisations involved in the development and watch the video from the live-streamed event.

If you haven’t done it already, read the research highlight introducing the toolbox on CCAFS blog, download the manual (PDF) and discuss the tools and methods in our LinkedIn group dedicated to gender, climate change and agriculture.