Breakthrough in Rwanda: climbing to new heights

17 November, 2015 by (comments)

Ellen Tuyisenga has the answer. It came to her one day in the field, as she talked with friends about earnings from the previous bean harvest. One lady recounted that she had made more than US$1,000. Then her husband took the money away, leaving her with nothing. “I saw how hard the women worked, but they could not makeRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en, Crops website, Gender

Understanding Rwanda’s puzzling nutrition paradox

29 April, 2015 by (comments)

It’s October in Cyuve district, one of Rwanda’s most productive agricultural regions. Looking across the valley to the hills in the far distance, just one crop dominates. Climbing beans. The beans are not yet waist high. Instead, it is the many thousands of uniform two metre wooden stakes reaching into the sky that cover the entire landscape. You’d beRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Beans @en, Crops @en, Gender

Women as drivers of positive change

5 March, 2015 by (comments)

In many developing countries, women play a major role in agricultural activity. They can be responsible for growing and selling crops and livestock, in addition to taking care of the household and all the members of the family. As a result of climate change – which can exacerbate pests and plant diseases, degraded landscapes, declined soil fertility, reduced yields,Read More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Gender, Multimedia @en

From field to lab: whose priorities count?

4 March, 2015 by (comments)

Making decisions in the lab about what crop traits to improve over others, already assumes that one trait is more desirable than another. Increasingly, involving communities is essential for researchers to ensure that improvements to crop varieties are demand-driven by farmers. Rather than being confined to the lab, researchers are increasingly aware of the social context within which theyRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en, Gender

Women on the front line: resource control and the climate battle

5 February, 2015 by (comments)

This post first appeared on the CCAFS website.  Climate change has serious implications for food security. Chaotic weather patterns and more intense droughts or flooding events are impacting food availability and production in ways that farmers cannot predict. In this context, food and water sources become more unpredictable and scarce, and women face loss of income, harvest, and increased laborRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Climate Change, Gender, Latin America and the Caribbean

Engendering bigger impact: making the other half count

27 January, 2015 by (comments)

Gelia Castillo has had her fair share of challenges as a female scientist. Now aged over 80, she remembers when, as one of the earliest pioneers of the social sciences in the patriarchal agricultural system, she was greeted by astonished colleagues: “Hello, but where is Dr. Castillo?” And yet, decades later, according to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,Read More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crop diversity, Gender

Rethinking gender and the destructive process

20 January, 2015 by (comments)

  When the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network met this week, little did they know that destruction would actually be written into the agenda. Albeit constructive, creative destruction of course. Disruptive technology, or disruption caused by technological innovation and change, is today’s tech-savvy way of denoting positive change in an unpredictable environment. But disruptive, destructive processes are alsoRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Gender