For success in agricultural research for development, it is fundamental to address gender issues along the agricultural value chains. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) carries out research that is focused on ‘better lives through livestock’ and recognizes the importance of careful consideration of gender dimensions in all its research programs.
This poster for the Tropentag 2014 conference gives an overview of milestones in the development and integration of gender research at ILRI over the last decade. It outlines the steps undertaken by ILRI to move towards more consistent efforts of growing the capacity of gender research. CGIAR’s introduction of Research Programs (CRPs) has entailed a stronger support for engaging in integrating gender in ILRI’s livestock work and conducting gender strategic research.
In the last few years gender strategies have been prepared with detailed research plans, dedicated budgets and personnel. In addition, research efforts across the CRPs and CGIAR centres have been undertaken to raise the profile of gender evidence in agricultural research for development to a global level. The poster highlights challenges encountered and effective efforts that are currently underway to further develop and implement these strategies. Ultimately, the poster shows the critical role gender research plays as a driver to achieving ILRI’s goal of improving food security and reducing poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock.
This week, ILRI staff are participating in the Tropentag 2014 International Conference in Prague (17-19 September 2014). There is also a dedicated ‘ILRI@40’ side event on ‘Livestock-based options for sustainable food and nutritional security and healthy lives.’ See all the posters.