AgriGender is the blog of the gender theme of International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) Livelihoods, Gender and Impact program.
Our mission is to mainstream gender in ILRI so as to ensure that the institution has a systematic approach to promoting gender equity at institutional, program and project level. Mainstreaming by definition involves integrating a gender perspective and gender analysis into all stages of designing, implementing and evaluating projects, policies and programs.
For projects and programs, a gender analysis is a critical step in gender mainstreaming and helps identify where and what kind of inequities may exist between men and women with regard to legal rights, opportunities for personal development, access to productive resources, political participation and so on.
Poverty affects both men and women members of a household, it affects them in different ways, since their roles are substantially different. Any solution to poverty related problems needs to take these differences into account. Gender analysis focuses on the different roles and responsibilities of women and men and how these affect society, culture, the economy and politics. It also focuses on how men and women are impacted by poverty and by different development interventions.
Explicitly, while gender analysis focuses on the relations between men and women, such analyses, often but not always disproportionately find that women have less access to, and control of, resources than men, have less access to markets, credit and other resources and services. This inequality ultimately affects productivity, poverty reduction and growth.
Women play important roles as producers of food, managers of natural resources, income earners, and caretakers of household food and nutrition security. In developing countries, rural women produce between 60-80% of the food and are the main producers of the world’s staple crops which provide up to 90 percent of the rural poor’s food intake.
They dominate the production of legumes and vegetables, and the raising of livestock and provide most of the labour for post-harvest activities such as storage, handling and processing of agricultural products. Giving women the same access to physical and human resources as men has been shown to increase agricultural productivity, just as increases in women’s education and improvements in women’s status over the past 25 years have contributed to the reduction in the rate of child malnutrition.
- To promote equality of opportunity and outcomes between women and men in the livestock sub-sector at local, national, regional, and global levels.
- To increase the quality, efficiency and impacts of ILRI’s work in livestock development
- To ensure that human equality, equity and rights are respected across gender, that there is good gender representation in ILRI staffing, decision making positions and there is active and balanced participation by both women and men in ILRI’s programs and policies
Some of our key partners include the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network, Cornell University, Emory University, the International Centre for Research on Women, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the University of Nairobi, UN Women and Yale University. We are also linked to several networks including Agri-ProFocus and Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Kathleen E. Colverson
Program leader | Livelihoods, Gender & Impact
Post-doctoral scientist | Livelihoods, Gender & Impact