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Special issue of Agri-Gender: The Journal of Gender, Agriculture, and Food Security

Special Issue on Gender and Policies, Markets and Institutions

Editors: Jemimah Njuki and Cheryl Doss

The Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security (Agri-Gender) is an international, open access, peer-reviewed and refereed journal published by the Africa Centre for Gender, Social Research and Impact Assessment. The main objective of Agri-Gender is to provide an intellectual platform for international scholars to publish their research work on gender, agriculture and food security. The journal aims to promote interdisciplinary research related to gender and the agricultural and food sciences.


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Call for abstracts for special journal issue on how gender interacts with policies, institutions, and/or markets

The Journal of Gender, Agriculture, and Food Security and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) invite you to submit papers for a special issue focused on how gender interacts with policies, institutions, and/or markets in the areas of agriculture and food security.  Extended abstracts are due by April 4, 2015.

We also invite those submitting abstracts to participate in a one-day write-shop on July 14, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Participants will present their paper and receive feedback on it from experts in the field.

You can find further information at this link and in the call for papers: Agrigender and PIM writeshop. Please share this call with colleagues within the CGIAR as well as with external partners.


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Publication: Gender-specific Approaches, Rural Institutions and Technological Innovations

A new publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), is available, titled: Gender-specific Approaches, Rural Institutions and Technological Innovations: Identifying Demand- and Supply-Side Constraints and Opportunities in Access, Adoption, and Impact of Agricultural Technological Innovations.

Authors: Catherine Ragasa and Debdatta Sengupta from IFPRI, and Martha Osorio, Nora Ourabah Haddad, and Kirsten Mathieson from FAO

Abstract:

This paper reviews and integrates findings from existing empirical studies and case studies received from 35 organizations in various countries to identify demand- and supply-side constraints and opportunities in access, adoption and impact of agricultural technological innovations. The most common technologies studied are improved seeds, fertilizers, farm mechanization, improved management practices, transporting technologies, and information and communication technologies. This review consistently finds that women have much lower observed rates of adoption of a wide range of technologies than men; and these are mainly due to differentiated access to complementary inputs and services. There are limited studies that looked at upstream stages including priority-setting and innovation processes, in which women continue to be underrepresented. Over the years, the development community and local organizations have been actively working and finding solutions to improve tools and approaches to bring technological innovations closer to poor women and men farmers and making sure that they are involved from the research priority-setting and technology development. There are a number of supply- and demand-side opportunities and promising pilots, and are synthesized in this paper.


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Resource: Social Institutions and Gender Index

Social Institutions and Gender Index

The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is a new composite measure of gender equality, based on the OECD’s Gender, Institutions and Development Database. It complements and improves existing measures in several ways. While conventional indicators of gender equality capture inequality more…


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Publication: Stemming girls’ chronic poverty: Catalysing development change by building just social institutions

The Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC) is pleased to announce the release of the CPRC Gender report, Stemming girls’ chronic poverty: Catalysing development change by building just social institutions. The report intends to feed into discussions on gender, poverty and the MDGs. With a focus on girls, chronic poverty and social justice, it aims to open a wider debate about the changes necessary to reform discriminatory social institutions and end the harm they do to girls and young women, inhibiting the realisation of their full capabilities.

The report can be read online at:
www.chronicpoverty.org/publications/details/stemming-girls-chronic-poverty
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Funding: research on “Women’s rights and gender equality”

Norway has several RfPs available in order to strengthen Norwegian research on and for development in low- and middle-income countries as well as strengthen research capacity in these countries. There are opportunities available for research on “Women’s rights and gender equality” and “Globalisation of the environment, energy and climate research”.

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Database: The OECD Social Institutions and Gender Index

“The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is a new composite measure of gender equality, based on the OECD’s Gender, Institutions and Development Database. It complements and improves existing measures in several ways. While conventional indicators of gender equality capture inequality outcomes, the SIGI focuses on the root casus behind these inequalities.

The SIGI introduces 12 innovative indicators on social institutions, which are grouped into 5 categories: Family Code, Physical Integrity, Son Preference, Civil Liberties and Ownership Rights. Each of the SIGI indicators is coded between 0, meaning no or very low inequality, and 1, indicating very high inequality. Watch the Slidecast for an overview of the SIGI.”

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